Querétaro earned an away win by the minimum difference as they beat 10-man Puebla 0-1 thanks to an own-goal. The result gives the Gallos Blancos back-to-back victories and lifts them into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – while the Poblanos suffered their first loss of the season.
The game started off poorly for the hosts, when Jesús Paganoni had to be subbed out injured following a dramatic clash of heads with Areli Hernández in the 10th minute that left the Puebla defender bloody, woozy, and ultimately en route to the hospital to be thoroughly evaluated.
Puebla nevertheless had the first clear chance of the game six minutes later, when Ángel Zaldívar’s goal-bound shot forced a good save out of Gil Alcalá.
Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, but the pace picked up in the second stanza. Fabián Castillo got into a good position in the 50th, but he sent his effort over the net; then, in the 57th, Nicolás Vikonis made an impressive double save to keep the game level.
The Gallos Blancos continued to press, though, and in the 66th minute they found the breakthrough. Castillo got into the box and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot, where the unfortunate Daniel Arreola sent it into his own net to give Querétaro the 0-1 lead.
The game soon took another turn for the worse for Puebla when Christian Tabó was sent off in the 72nd minute with his second yellow card of the night, leaving the hosts down a goal and a man.
With their numerical disadvantage, Puebla was unable to find an equalizer and Querétaro held on for the victory.
With the 0-1 win, Querétaro reaches six points while Puebla still has three.