Posted on August 30, 2012
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Chivas de Guadalajara recorded its first win in the CONCACAF Champions League in the most smashing way on Wednesday night.
Marco Fabian struck his first three goals of the season and helped set up a fourth to spark Chivas to a 4-0 triumph over W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago.
It was a rare victory for the Mexican side, only Chivas’ second win in eight games this season in all competitions. The result boosted the 11-time Mexican league champion into second place in Group 8 with three points, one behind Xelaju. W Connection remained last with no points.
Chivas won for the first time in four home games this season.
Fabian scored in the 53rd, 68th and 92nd minutes and took a hard shot that goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams could not hold, resulting in another goal by Carlos Fierreo in the 64th minute.
Chivas, without injured Luis Perez, Omar Arellano and Jorge Enriquez, dominated possession and chances from the start. Even with nine of 11 starters from Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Monterrey, the team was unable to create many quality opportunities until the second half.
Erick Torres put a header off the right post in the 25th minute and Fabian attempted an acrobatic overhead scissors kick in the 39th that went into the arms of Williams, but it were two of the few serious shots Chivas had despite repeatedly sending crosses into the penalty area.
Fabian found the back of the net when Rafael Marquez Lugo launched a left-footed drive from distance that Williams tried to punch clear. But the ball bounded down the middle of the penalty area and Fabian ran on to volley a bouncing ball back into the net from 12 yards.
Some 11 minutes later, Fabian took a shot from outside the penalty area that Williams blocked. The ball, however, bounded to the right. Torres tried a shot but appeared to mishit it, only for it to slowly roll past a now out-of-position Williams and to an unmarked Fierro, who tapped into an open net.
The three players combined again in the 68th minute, with Marquez Lugo slipping a ball down the middle of the area where Torres had a touch before Fabian finished from the edge of the six.
Fabian added a third goal stoppage time, running onto a ball from Luis Morales, rounding Williams to the left and finishing into an open net from the edge of the six-yard box.
W Connection, which won’t begin its TT Pro League season until next month, played Xelaju to a 2-2 draw in its CCL opener. It will travel to Guatemala on Sept. 18.
Chivas will play at W Connection in the CCL eight days later.
Categories: Caribbean, Champions League, Mexico, North America, Trinidad and Tobago