Cruz Azul vs León – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

cruz azul leonA stoppage-time goal gave León the 2-3 victory after Cruz Azul had fought back from a two-goal deficit to level the game. La Fiera moved into the top eight with the win, but they must now wait on other results to see if they will earn a spot in the Liguilla. La Máquina were already eliminated from playoff contention and they end their season with a disappointing home loss.

León came out determined to get the win they needed, and they found their first chance within thirty seconds, although Jesús Corona was able to make the save. The visitors kept up the pressure, though, and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead.

In the 26th minute, Fernando Navarro corralled a through ball and beat Corona to give León the 0-1 lead.

The goal gave León even more confidence and they added to their lead in the 34th minute. Mauro Boselli received the ball in the box but slipped and was unable to get a shot off. However, he kept the play alive and laid it back for Germán Cano, who made it 0-2.

Cruz Azul made two halftime changes as they looked to get back into the game, and they soon paid dividends. In the 65th minute, substitute Adrián Aldrete reduced the deficit to 1-2.

Then, in the 76th minute, Jesús García found the equalizer, making it 2-2 and putting León’s hopes of postseason soccer in serious jeopardy.

León threw numbers forward as they looked to restore their lead, but the final touch was lacking. Then, in stoppage time, Guillermo Burdisso got his head to a cross to put León back in front at the death.

With the 2-3 win, León reaches 26 points while Cruz Azul remains on 19.



Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Jesús García, Francisco Rodríguez, Enzo Roco, Julio César Domínguez, Richard Ruíz (Adrián Aldrete 46′), Francisco Silva, Christian Giménez, Rafael Baca (Ariel Rojas 46′), Joao Rojas, Jorge Benítez (Aldo Ramírez 63′). 

León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro, Diego Novaretti, Guillermo Burdisso, Efraín Velarde, Elías Hernández (Maximiliano Moralez 64′), Leonel López (Juan Ezequiel Cuevas 75′), Germán Cano (Christian Valdez 67′), Alexander Mejía, Luis Montes, Mauro Boselli. 


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