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CD Guadalajara 2-1 Forge: Chivas Too Good for Hammers

By on February 14, 2024 0 1186 Views

Playing true to their favourites tag, CD Guadalajara got the job done at home, defeating Forge 2-1. Overall, the Liga MX team prevailed 5-2 on aggregate after having won 3-1 in Hamilton last week.

For Chivas, the Liga MX side came off a 2-1 weekend win over Juarez, which was its fourth win on the spin across all competitions. Three changes were made by coach Fernando Gago from last week’s win in at Tim Hortons Field.

Flashback: Forge Needs ‘Near-Perfect’ Game Against Chivas

Having had a whole week to prepare for the return leg, Bobby Smyrniotis made three changes to the Forge starting eleven – though one was forced, with Kwasi Poku being injured in last week’s first leg.

The first goal came in the eighth minute. Off a corner, Christopher Kalongo failed to hold on to a headed ball from Antonio Briseno, with Erick Gutiérrez getting his foot on the ball to sneak it under the Forge keeper.

Forge’s first attempt came 16 minutes in. Kyle Bekker’s miss-hit cross forced a save from the Chivas keeper Oscar Whalley. The ensuing corner led to nothing, but it was something promising from the Hammers.

The first half went by without too many serious goalmouth chances. Bekker again had a go just before the end of the opening stanza. Once again, however, Whalley was equal to it. The shot count read 9-4 in CD Guadalajara’s favour (5-2 on target), with the hosts having more of the ball.

Shortly after the hour mark, the home side doubled the lead. Jose Castillo broke through after playing a one-two. Despite having his initial effort stopped by Kalongo, the defender was able to head the ball in at the second time of asking.

The second half was fairly even play, as both teams had their moments. Six shots apiece highlighted a competitive half.

Forge did play the last 15 minutes up a man due to a Chivas injury. Substitute Raul Martinez, who only came on minutes prior, went in with a challenge with fellow substitute Jordan Hamilton. Unfortunately for the former, he appeared to injure his knee in the duel. As Chivas had used all of their substitutions, they were forced to play down a man.

While it came way late on, Kevaughn Tavernier – who was recently announced to be part of the Canadian U-20 team – hit a powerful strike to end up scoring a very late consolation goal. A deep corner from Bekker was kept in by David Choiniere, who played it to Tavernier. Whalley had no chance on this one, with the ball nestling into the bottom corner.

That would cap the scoring, as Chivas won 2-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate. They will move on to face either Club America or Real Esteli. The Nicaraguan side leads 2-1 going into the decider. CD Guadalajara continues their domestic campaign on Friday when they play away to Mazatlan FC. Now winning their fifth game in a row, Gago’s side is in great form.

As for Forge, that will be it for them for two months. They will kick off their Canadian Premier League season on April 13 when they face Cavalry. As they did two years ago, the Hammers fall at the first hurdle of the CONCACAF Champions Cup at the hands of a Mexican side.

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