Necaxa kept themselves mathematically in the playoff fight with a 0-1 victory over Puebla in the final game of Jornada 16. The loss, a second consecutive one for the Poblanos, keeps them rooted to the foot of the table.
Chances were few and far between in the first half. Necaxa forced a save out of Fabián Villaseñor in just the third minute, while for Puebla Álvaro Navarro had a header saved in the 34th minute and Pablo Míguez put another header wide in the 39th. The game remained goalless at halftime.
Puebla started the second half off well and they nearly opened the scoring with a bicycle kick by Navarro, but Marcelo Barovero made a great save to keep it 0-0.
Then, in the 54th minute, the unfortunate Míguez deflected a shot by Edson Puch past Villaseñor to give Necaxa the 0-1 lead with his own-goal.
Puebla attempted to react after falling behind, but they were stopped repeatedly by Barovero, who was in fine form in goal for the Rayos, making no less than four saves to keep Necaxa in front.
With the 0-1 win, Necaxa reaches 20 points while Puebla still has 13.
Puebla: Fabián Villaseñor, Óscar Rojas, Pablo Cáceres, Patricio Araujo, Édgar Dueñas, Francisco Torres, Carlos Orrantía (Francisco Acuña 81′), David Toledo, Gabriel Esparza (Eduardo Pérez 89′), Pablo Míguez (Jerónimo Amione 84′), Álvaro Navarro.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Mario de Luna, Brayan Beckeles, Jairo González, Marcos González, Michel García (Jorge Sánchez 82′), Manuel Iturra, Jesús Isijara (Emilio MacEachen 87′), Xavier Báez, Edson Puch, Maximilano Barreiro (Alejandro Díaz 73′).