In this relegation six-pointer, a last-minute goal gave Monarcas Morelia the 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result is a second straight victory for Morelia and keeps them unbeaten in three, while Puebla has now lost two in a row.
Neither team wanted to lose this game far more than either one wanted to win it. Play was decidedly cautious for long stretches of the game, and goal-scoring chances didn’t begin to appear in earnest until the second half.
In the 83rd minute, Robert Herrera was ejected after receiving his second yellow card of the night. Even down a man, Puebla managed to put the ball into the net. However, the would-be goal was controversially disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Carlos Felipe Rodríguez.
Then, in stoppage time, Morelia took advantage of a set piece to snatch all three points. Rodolfo Vilchis sent a free kick into the box and Miguel Sansores was there to head it past Cristian Campestrini, giving La Monarquía the 0-1 lead.
The victory gives Morelia a four-point lead over Veracruz in the relegation standings, while closing the gap with Puebla to five points.
With the 0-1 win, Morelia reaches 15 points while Puebla still has nine.
Puebla: Cristian Campestrini, Carlos Gutiérrez, Édgar Dueñas, Claudio Pérez, Robert Herrera, Francisco Acuña, Pablo Míguez, David Toledo (Carlos Orrantía 84′), Alexis Canelo, Álvaro Navarro (Francisco Torres 64′), Cristian Esparza (Jerónimo Amione 74′).
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Rodrigo Millar (Jorge Zárate 72′), Aldo Rocha, Andy Polo, Diego Valdés, Jefferson Cuero (Rodolfo Vilchis 87′), Raúl Ruidíaz (Miguel Ángel Sansores 63′).