Puebla scored a stoppage-time goal to beat Cruz Azul 2-1 in the last game of Jornada 14. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Poblanos and ends a two-game unbeaten streak for La Máquina. The victory also puts Puebla on the brink of mathematically guaranteeing their survival in the relegation fight; they are now seven points clear of Veracruz with just nine points left to play for.
The visitors took the lead very early on, with Rafael Baca finishing off a cross from Ángel Mena with a diving header in just the 4th minute. But despite looking the better team for much of the first half, Cruz Azul was unable to add to their 0-1 lead, and Puebla turned things around in the second 45.
In the 57th minute, the unfortunate Julio César Domínguez redirected the ball into his own net while trying to take it away from Carlos Orrantía, and the defender’s own-goal made it 1-1.
Cruz Azul had chances to retake the lead, most notably a shot from Chaco Giménez that Fabián Villaseñor saved with his fingertips. (Usual starting goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini was not even on the bench today after some costly errors in Puebla’s recent matches).
The tying goal re-energized Puebla, and they pushed forward as they looked to complete the comeback. Then, in the 93rd minute, substitute Gabriel Esparza – who had just entered the game – sent his left-footed shot past Jesús Corona to give the hosts the 2-1 lead and send the packed stadium into ecstasy.
With the 2-1 win, Puebla reaches 13 points while Cruz Azul still has 14.
Puebla: Fabián Villaseñor, Édgar Dueñas, Óscar Rojas, Robert Herrera, Carlos Gutiérrez, Pablo Míguez, Jerónimo Amione, Carlos Orrantía, David Toledo (Claudio Pérez 91′), Federico González (Francisco Torres 52′), Alexis Canelo (Gabriel Esparza 88′).
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Enzo Roco, Julián Velázquez, Omar Mendoza (Adrián Aldrete 70′), Julio César Domínguez, Rafael Baca, Francisco Silva, Gabriel Peñalba (Christian Giménez 63′), Ángel Mena, Jorge Benítez, Richard Ruíz (Rosario Cota 88′).