Puebla remained winless at home this season but moved out of last place – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – with a dull 0-0 draw against Cruz Azul. The result keeps La Máquina unbeaten this season but also winless in three as they played out their sixth draw of the Apertura 2017.
Cruz Azul had more possession in the opening half, but the visitors were unable to do much with it. Puebla stood firm defensively and even managed a couple of shots of their own, with Alonso Escoboza and Christian Marrugo trying their luck.
La Máquina wanted a penalty in the 33rd minute after a foul on Martín Rodríguez, but the referee wasn’t interested. Then, just before halftime, Martín Cauteruccio had the best chance of the half but failed to capitalize on it as he couldn’t make good contact.
In the second half, Puebla was forced into a substitution after Félix Micolta was injured, giving Lucas Cavallini the chance to make his debut. The substitute looked dangerous for the hosts as he combined well with Marrugo and Escoboza, but it wasn’t enough to open the scoring.
Cruz Azul’s substitutes also failed to have an effect on the scoreline; although Chaco Giménez gave La Máquina more depth in attack, the visitors still couldn’t beat Moisés Muñoz, or even trouble the keeper much.
With the 1-1 draw, Puebla reaches six points while Cruz Azul reaches 12.
Puebla: Moisés Muñoz, Hugo Rodríguez, Erik Pimentel, Óscar Rojas (Gabriel Esparza 76′), Brayan Angulo, Alonso Zamora, Francisco Torres (Francisco Acuña 60′), Patricio Araujo, Alonso Escoboza, Christian Marrugo, Félix Micolta (Lucas Cavallini 64′).
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Omar Mendoza, Francisco Silva, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete, Martín Cauteruccio, Gabriel Peñalba, Édgar Méndez (Víctor Zúñiga 72′), Martín Rodríguez (Jordan Silva 85′), Rafael Baca, Felipe Mora (Christian Giménez 58′).