Cruz Azul moved into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 3-0 victory against León in a game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home and unbeaten overall this season, while La Fiera remains winless on the road.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and they had several early chances, although they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, in the 18th minute, the game looked to have taken a turn for the worse for the hosts when Jerry Flores was sent off to leave Cruz Azul with just 10 men.
But that numerical disadvantage didn’t faze La Máquina. León was enjoying more possession, but just when the visitors were looking comfortable, Cruz Azul took the lead. In the 31st minute, a throw-in in the attacking third ended with Elías Hernández making it 1-0 when he followed up his own rebound.
Then León, too, was reduced to 10 men as Alexander Mejía earned a red card of his own in the 35th minute.
Cruz Azul took advantage of the shifting momentum and they made it 2-0 before halftime. In the 40th minute, Roberto Alvarado played in Hernández, who scored his second of the night to put the hosts comfortably ahead.
León looked to react in the second half and Mauro Boselli had an early chance from a corner kick, but he slipped and ended up sending the ball over the crossbar.
The teams continued to exchange chances, with Cruz Azul looking the more dangerous, until the hosts put an exclamation mark on their win with an 88th-minute goal by Milton Caraglio, assisted by Alvarado, to make it 3-0.
With the 3-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches 13 points while León still has four.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Gerardo Flores, Adrián Aldrete, Elías Hernández (Jordan Silva 67′), Édgar Mendez, Rafael Baca (Javier Salas 78′), Iván Marcone, Roberto Alvarado, Martín Cauteruccio (Milton Caraglio 57′).
León: Rodolfo Cota, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando Navarro, William Tesillo, Juan Cornejo (68′), Luis Montes, Yairo Moreno (Walter González 78′), Alexander Mejía, Pedro Aquino, Maximiliano Cerato (Héctor Mascorro 68′), Mauro Boselli.