Puebla could have mathematically guaranteed their safety in the relegation fight with a win tonight; instead, they will now have to wait and see what happens in Veracruz’s game on Sunday. León, meanwhile, was looking to continue their climb up the table as they make a last push for a playoff spot.
It was the hosts who took the initiative, primarily with attacks down the wings through Darío Burbano and Andrés Andrade. However, Puebla’s defense was well-organized and able to weather the early storm.
But León made their pressure count in the 24th minute, when Andrade played in Mauro Boselli, who beat Fabián Villaseñor with his first-time effort to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Puebla had their best moments as the game approached halftime, but they were unable to find the breakthrough. Instead, they nearly got caught on the counter, but Carlos Peña couldn’t find the target.
In the second half, Puebla continued to press forward in search of an equalizer. They came closest through Gabriel Esparza, but William Yarbrough was able to make the save.
León could have added to their lead, and indeed they had the ball in the back of the net again in the 58th minute, but Osvaldo Rodríguez’s would-be goal was controversially disallowed for offside.
With the 1-0 win, León reaches 19 points while Puebla still has 13.
León: William Yarbrough, Juan Cornejo, Alexander Mejía, Fernando Navarro, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Hernán Darío Burbano (Jorge Pereyra 80′), Carlos Peña (Leonal López 69′), Christian Valdez, Luis Montes, Andrés Andrade, Mauro Boselli (Germán Cano 85′).
Puebla: Fabián Villaseñor, Claudio Pérez, Édgar Dueñas, Robert Herrera, Óscar Rojas, David Toledo (Álvaro Navarro 85′), Carlos Orrantía, Pablo Míguez, Jerónimo Amione (Francisco Torres 64′), Alexis Canelo, Federico González (Gabriel Esparza 45′).