Puebla remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara, a victory that puts the Poblanos top of the table pending the rest of this weekend’s games. The result is a second straight loss for El Rebaño, and their first loss in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc in nearly a decade.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, with Puebla taking the lead in just the third minute. Francisco Acuña got the ball in the box and tried a shot; it was blocked, with the rebound falling back to Acuña, who tried again. This time he hit the post, and still Chivas couldn’t clear the ball. Omar Fernández pounced on the rebound to head Puebla ahead, 1-0.
After falling behind, Chivas began to control possession as they looked for a response. However, the visitors couldn’t get things going in the final third as they did little to trouble Moisés Muñoz.
Puebla then added to their lead in first-half stoppage time. In a play reminiscent of the one that opened the scoring, Alejandro Chumacero hit the woodwork with his shot, and the rebound fell for Lucas Cavallini to head home. 2-0.
Matías Almeyda made two halftime substitutions as he looked to get his team back into the game, and Chivas began to look more dangerous in the attack. In the 61st minute, substitute Isaác Brizuela hit the crossbar as Chivas began to knock on the door.
They could get no closer than that, however, as they failed to score for the first time this season.
Puebla finished the game with 10 men after Chumacero received his second yellow card of the night in the 89th minute, but it was far too late for Chivas to try to capitalize on their extra man.
With the 2-0 win, Puebla reaches nine points while Chivas still has four.
Puebla: Moisés Muñoz, Brayan Angulo, Luis Venegas (Hugo Isaác Rodríguez 68′), Alonso Zamora, Anderson Santamaría, Francisco Acuña, Christian Marrugo, José Daniel Guerrero (Óscar Rojas 76′), Alejandro Chumacero, Omar Fernández (Alonso Escoboza 33′), Lucas Cavallini.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Carlos Salcido, Hedgardo Marín, Edwin Hernández (Ronaldo Cisneros 46′), Jesús Sánchez, Orbelín Pineda (Walter Gael Sandoval 46′), Javier López, Rodolfo Pizarro, Michael Pérez (Isaác Brizuela 61′), Alan Pulido, Carlos Cisneros.