Cristian Calderón’s Left Foot Deserves All Our Love

The Mexico international scored two great goals to decide the Súper Clásico.

Chivas advanced to the semifinals of the Guardianes playoffs after defeating América 2-1 on Sunday night (3-1 on aggregate). América believed they could overturn the one-goal deficit from the first leg at the Azteca, but Cristian “Chicote” Calderón scored two great goals to turn Henry Martín’s strike into nothing more than consolation.   

The 23-year-old Calderón — who’s been capped four times by Mexico — opened the scoring in the 31st minute with an unstoppable left-footed drive from distance that flew by Guillermo Ochoa and into the corner.   

If the first was all about power, the second — arriving in the 72nd minute — was all about placement. Ochoa could only stand in disbelief as another left-footed effort from outside the area went crossbar down. 

Chivas joins León in the semis after they defeated Puebla 3-2 on aggregate. The other two semifinalists will be decided from Pumas vs. Pachuca and Cruz Azul vs. Tigres. 

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