Queretaro F.C beat Chivas de Guadalajara in a penalty shootout to win the Copa Corona MX for the first time in the clubs’ history.
After a tough 90 minutes and one man down Queretaro were able to beat Chivas in a 3-2 penalty shoot out where Thiago Volpi Queretaro’s goalkeeper was superb.
Chivas started to a rough start when their right back Jesus Sanchez was subbed out at minute 26 due to a muscular injury.
Matias Almeyda had to improvise due to not having a natural right back on the bench.
He used Isaac Brizuela a right winger who is quick to compete with Queretaro’s fast forwards.
The substitution did not seem to harm Chivas because they still had majority possession and stayed true to their attacking and dynamic style of play.
Queretaro stood their ground with a defensive 4-4-2 formation and made it difficult for Chivas to open the scoreboard.
Queretaro had their troubles as well after Andres Renteria who was subbed on for Queretaro in the 64-minute was sent off after seven minutes on the pitch for head-butting an opponent.
This caused Queretaro to park the bus and wait for the 90-minute whistle in order to head to penalties.
After knowing they were going into penalties, Marvin Cerrate Queretaro fan, had some interesting thoughts on penalties.
He said, “penalties are a different game, they are not a coin toss like many people say you have to be really focused and mentally prepared.”
Chivas fan Edwin Vega said ,“I was confident in my team we are one of the biggest teams in Mexico with the best players, I was not worried about penalties, but sometimes football has its ways and that is the beauty of the game.”
Thiago Volpi became the star of the show after blocking penalties from Jair Pereira and Carlos Cisneros and also scoring a penalty.
Queretaro won the Copa Corona MX making it the first major title in the club’s history.