Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 win against 10-man Puebla. The result is a second straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Poblanos remain winless in the young Clausura 2019 season.
The hosts started the game off stronger and kept the ball in Puebla’s defensive third, but they were unable to open the scoring. Puebla slowly grew into the game and leveled it out, although they also struggled to find that final incisive play.
Then, in the 42nd minute, Toluca took the lead. Alexis Canelo got his head to a corner kick, only for the ball to be cleared off the line. The rebound fell to Santiago García, however, and he finished it off to make it 1-0 for the Diablos.
Toluca looked to add to their lead in the second half, with García and Canelo continuing to cause trouble for Puebla’s defense. In the 56th minute, Canelo hit the woodwork as the Diablos kept knocking on the door.
Puebla looked for a response but they were unable to find an equalizer. Then, in the 73rd minute, with the help of VAR, Christian Tabó was given a straight red card for a hard foul on Pablo Barrientos, leaving the visitors with just 10 men.
Toluca took advantage of their extra man in the 79th minute, when Jesús Zavala lost the ball in midfield. The hosts went on the attack and Barrientos played in Canelo, who gave the Diablos Rojos the definitive 2-0 lead.
With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches six points while Puebla still has one.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Santiago García, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Adrián Mora, William da Silva (Leonel López 69′), Antonio Ríos, Pablo Barrientos, Luis Mendoza (Edgar Pardo 62′), Enrique Triverio (Diego Abella 83′), Alexis Canelo.
Puebla: Jesús Rodríguez, Daniel Arreola, Carlos Rodríguez, José Pallas (Aldhair Molina 59′), Néstor Vidrio, Vladimir Loroña, Alejandro Chumacero (Matías Alustiza 59′), José Daniel Guerrero (Santiago Ormeño 77′), Jesús Zavala, Lucas Cavallini, Christian Tabó.