Puebla could have mathematically guaranteed their safety in the relegation fight with a win tonight; instead, they will now have to wait and see what happens in Veracruz’s game on Sunday. León, meanwhile, was looking to continue their climb up the table as they make a last push for a playoff spot.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men, León did enough to earn a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result ends Morelia’s six-game unbeaten streak and instead leaves them winless in four, while León remains unbeaten on the road in three.
The loss keeps Morelia right in the thick of the relegation fight; with rivals Veracruz and Jaguares also losing this weekend, this would have been a good opportunity for Morelia to earn some separation from the pack. But despite Morelia’s need for a victory, it was the visitors who struck first – and early.
The game started off slowly, with both teams settling into a more cautious posture. It wasn’t until the half-hour mark that dangerous chances started to appear; the first good opportunity fell to the hosts, who mounted a dangerous counterattack. Luis Silva got around William Yarbrough, but couldn’t find the target from an acute angle.
José Juan Vázquez of León and Adrián Cortés of Puebla were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
A flurry of late goals gave León a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Veracruz, and moved La Fiera off the foot of the table for the first time since they dropped into 18th in week seven. The loss continued Veracruz’s road woes, as the Tiburones Rojos have lost all seven of their away games this season, scoring just one goal in the process.
León controlled the game throughout, although it took them quite a while to find the breakthrough. In the first half, Mauro Boselli hit the post and Pedro Gallese was in fine form in goal to keep the hosts off the board.
León earned their first win since January with a 0-1 away victory against Tigres UANL. The result still isn’t enough to lift La Fiera out of last place, however, while the universitarios are languishing mid-table and are now winless at home in three.
Tigres dominated possession in the first half, but they were unable to turn that into goals. Their best chance of the half came in the 31st minute following a throw-in, with Jesús Dueñas playing in Ismael Sosa. However, he sent his shot over the bar.
In a friendly game between León and Santos Laguna, held in Chicago during the Liga MX international break, Novaretti was red-carded for pushing referee Rosendo Bermúdez.
The Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the incident and concluded that the incident fell under the purview of Article 17 of the Regulation for Sanctions. Novaretti was given a seven-game suspension and fined 35,000 pesos (about $1,870 U.S.).
In the friendly, held in Toyota Park in Chicago during Liga MX’s international break, Novaretti pushed referee Rosendo Bermúdez and was promptly red-carded.
León lost the game 4-0.
Based on Article 83, Paragraph 1 of the Regulations for Sanctions, the Disciplinary Committee has indefinitely suspended Novaretti while the investigation Continue reading
Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
Desperate to end their poor run of form, León took the initiative early on. However, their forays down the wings didn’t translate into goals, and as time passed Toluca settled into the game and began to press their lines higher up the field.