Carlos Vela dressed as an assistant and with two goals from Cifuentes, LAFC beat the Galaxy in an exciting Traffic Classic

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The sixteenth edition of the Clásico del Tráfico was playedone of the most anticipated duels in the MLS season.

The Banc of California Stadium witnessed another edition of an exciting game that ended up being resolved fairly. The atmosphere was worthy of a Clásico and always with the Latin flavor that brings so much joy to the stands. In the end LAFC ended up rectifying its good moment and prevailing with a score of 3-2.

Before starting the match, the brand new player who won five Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, had time to greet all the fans who joined in the same cry of euphoria to applaud their star.

Development of the first part

Like all Classics, the match began quite intensely and at times with a tone of anxiety. LAFC was superior to its neighbors with Carlos Vela doing a good first half and giving everything for the shirt as he had anticipated in the previous one.

At minute seven came the first warning for Efraín Álvarez for a slap to the face on Kellyn Acosta, the game turned hard but the referee put a stop thanks to this warning.

At minute 12 came the first controversy when the LAFC players asked for a maximum penalty for an alleged hand in the area. In the VAR review they warned the referee to keep rolling the ball because there was nothing.

Quickly At minute 17, Ecuadorian José Cifuentes finished off a corner kick by Kellyn Acosta with strength and great calm, scoring the goal. of the advantage, making the Galaxy pay for defensive errors. The goal came just at the moment that LAFC marked superiority over their arch-rivals.

At minute 20, LAFC goalkeeper Crépeau had to show up and save Joveljic’s shot and send it to the corner. In this way, the Galaxy regained confidence with the clearest action up to that moment.

Performances by Vela and Chicharito in the first half

The Colombian Cristian Daniel “Chicho” Arango had several clear scoring chances for LAFC and Carlos Vela was extremely participative and the entire game of the black jersey team went through his feet.

On the Galaxy side, you could see a Javier “Chicharito” Hernández a little frustrated without getting on the field of play and without being able to associate with the rest of his teammates.

Second half between LAFC and the Galaxy

As soon as the second half began, the Galaxy seemed to begin to find spaces only in a few minutes, the attitude was different. For its part, LAFC maintained its 4-3-3 system but with a Carlos Vela more involved towards the center.

Little more than five minutes and LAFC was already level, with another situation of “Chicho” Arango that caused a corner kick that would be executed without danger for the Galaxy. The game was back and forth but the Galaxy knew they had to take risks.

And went at minute 10 of the second half when Frenchman Samuel Grandsir tied the game with a low shot that left Canadian Maxime Crépeau without a chance.

The game followed the back and forth rhythm, Carlos Vela concentrating all the LAFC balls looking for the go-ahead goal and finally he was going to get it with the “boy from the movie”, the Ecuadorian José Cifuentes who would finish off a ball sent by Carlos Vela at minute 70 to put on top what is the best team of the season so far.

But the result was not like that, just three minutes later, Carlos Vela commanded a counterattack that enabled the Colombian “Chicho” Arango who was finally going to be given the goal defining as the greats and establishing the 3-1 for the team technically led by Steve Cherundolo.

But like all Classics, the suspense was not going to be missing and head at minute 35 Rayan Raveloson placed the second goal for the Galaxy. The international with the Madagascar national team had just scored twice against Montreal and today he had assisted the first goal.

Finally the LAFC ended up imposing its law and taking the match against his eternal rival, in a “Traffic Classic” that was very open and that hopes to continue growing in each edition. It should be noted that LAFC has taken a 12-point advantage over its neighbor.

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