During the week there was no talk of anything else in Mexican soccer other than the National Classic. The match between América and Chivas de Guadalajara always raises expectations in the press and fans, no matter what state the teams arrive in.
For this edition, the Eagles came in first place in the championship, but with a resounding defeat against Toluca in tow. On the other hand, the rojiblancos came from a victory in extremis before Pachuca and the dismissal of Víctor Manuel Vucetich as his coach.
The expectations for this match, in football terms, were not so high. But passion, many times, outweighs the show. Both teams offered this aspect from the first minute of the match. América and Chivas came out with the knife between their teeth and did not negotiate the effort for a minute.
The first minutes of the National Classic were the best of the match. Guadalajara showed that he can compete face to face and that he has players with whom he can do damage on the attack. America was solid and incisive, as it has been throughout the championship.
However, the match was affected by the poor performance of the referee César Ramos who, willingly or not, became the protagonist of the match. The whistler had a performance to remember, but not for his good decisions. On the contrary. The referee committed at least three serious fouls that impacted the development of the match.
In the first instance, Ramos, with the complicity of the VAR, did not expel Cristian ‘Chicote’ Calderón after a clear stomp by the defender on Jorge Sánchez. The referee reappeared at the end of the first half: he did not expel Miguel Ponce after he attacked Henry Martín and stung his eye.
The whistler has no excuse, he was inches from the action and did not make the decision to show the red card.
Finally, in another of the controversial plays of the match, César Ramos did not whistle a clear penalty in favor of Chivas de Guadalajara after Salvador Reyes committed a hand within the area that should have been penalized with a shot from eleven steps.
In the National Classic the figure was not a player from America or Chivas, but the central referee of the match.