Chivas de Guadalajara jumped out to an early 0-2 lead, but they couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Poblanos unbeaten in two while El Rebaño is now winless in six.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who had the lead in just the 5th minute. Puebla lost the ball at the edge of the box as they tried to play out of the back, with Isaác Brizuela poking the ball away from defender Daniel Arreola to Alan Pulido, who took it into the box and shot through the keeper’s legs to make it 0-1.
That early goal – and the sloppy manner in which they had conceded it – rattled Puebla, and it wasn’t long before they conceded another. In the 10th minute, Chivas sent in a corner kick and Jair Pereira jumped highest to head the ball into the net and make it 0-2.
Puebla’s first notable attack came in the 24th minute, when Lucas Cavallini got into a good position but sent his shot just wide. Then, just before halftime, Ángel Zaldívar nearly made it three for Chivas, but Nicolás Vikonis made an impressive save.
The game turned on its head in the second half, though. Puebla came out more composed and in the 49th minute they reduced the deficit to 1-2. Chivas failed to clear a corner kick, and when Puebla sent the ball back into the box, Luis Robles finished it off to give the hosts a foothold in the game.
Then, in the 59th, another set piece gave Puebla the equalizer. Daniel Arreola lined up a free kick just outside the box and he sent it into the back of the net to make it 2-2.
The game took another turn for the worse for Chivas in the 66th minute, when Alan Pulido was sent off after a hard foul. Referee Diego Montaño Robles initially issued Pulido a yellow card, but after consulting VAR he upgraded that to a straight red.
Puebla went fully on the attack after that, as they looked to complete the comeback against a 10-man Chivas side. But despite their barrage against Raúl Gudiño’s goal, they were unable to find a third as the game finished 2-2.
With the 2-2 draw, Puebla reaches 19 points while Chivas reaches 17.
Puebla: Nicolás Vikonis, Daniel Arreola, Diego Cruz, Alonso Zamora, Vladimir Loroña (Francisco Acuña 69′), Alejandro Chumacero, Jorge Espericueta (Félix Micolta 30′), Luis Robles, Lucas Cavallini, Christian Tabó, Omar Fernández (Cristian Palacios 80′).
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jair Pereira, Hedgardo Marín, Edwin Hernández (Miguel Ángel Ponce 72′), Orbelín Pineda, Isaác Brizuela, Walter Gael Sandoval (Mario de Luna 72′), Fernando Beltrán (Alan Cervantes 88′), Alan Pulido, Ángel Zaldívar.