Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a two-game winning streak for La Máquina, but keeps them unbeaten in three, while the Poblanos are still looking for their first win of the season.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and repeatedly tested Nicolás Vikonis in goal. Guillermo Fernández had a pair of dangerous chances from distance, while Jonathan Rodríguez had a great opportunity following some good team interchange, but Vikonis was able to make the save.
Puebla’s first notable chance didn’t come until the 39th minute, when Alejandro Chumacero sent a cross in from the right for Lucas Cavallini. The Canadian got his head to it but couldn’t put it on frame, and got a kick to the face from defender José Madueña in the bargain. Puebla wanted a penalty, Cruz Azul wanted the play called offside, and in the end the referee did neither, simply awarding a goal kick and moving on with the game.
In the second half, Cruz Azul finally found the breakthrough. In the 60th minute, Juan Escobar tried his luck from distance; the ball deflected off a defender and fell for Elías Hernández, who volleyed it home at the far post to make it 1-0 for La Máquina.
But after taking the lead, Cruz Azul took their foot off the gas and Puebla was able to tie it up. In the 74th minute, Christian Tabó played in Omar Fernández, who slotted the ball past Jesús Corona to make it 1-1. There was a question of offside, but after VAR review, the goal stood.
Puebla had a golden opportunity to complete the comeback in the 87th minute, when they won a penalty after Tabó was fouled in the box. Cavallini stepped up to take it, and Corona dove to his left to make the save and preserve the 1-1 draw.
With the 1-1 draw, Cruz Azul reaches nine points while Puebla reaches two.