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.
Current relegation standings:
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Puebla scored a stoppage-time goal to beat Cruz Azul 2-1 in the last game of Jornada 14. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Poblanos and ends a two-game unbeaten streak for La Máquina. The victory also puts Puebla on the brink of mathematically guaranteeing their survival in the relegation fight; they are now seven points clear of Veracruz with just nine points left to play for.
The visitors took the lead very early on, with Rafael Baca finishing off a cross from Ángel Mena with a diving header in just the 4th minute. But despite looking the better team for much of the first half, Cruz Azul was unable to add to their 0-1 lead, and Puebla turned things around in the second 45.
Francisco Acuña of Puebla and Juan Carlos Núñez of Tijuana were both given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
They will sit out their respective Jornada 14 games this weekend.
In this game with crucial relegation implications, Veracruz beat Puebla 3-2. The result gives the Tiburones Rojos back-to-back home wins and could see them move out of last place in the Tabla de Cociente, depending on other results. As for Puebla, the Poblanos have now lost two in a row and are winless in five.
With so much on the line in this one, both teams came out looking to pick up all three points. Veracruz had the first few chances of the game, but Puebla was well-organized in the back.
José Juan Vázquez of León and Adrián Cortés of Puebla were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Chivas de Guadalajara overcame a two-goal deficit and scored a stoppage-time goal to beat Puebla 3-2 on Saturday night. The result keeps El Rebaño unbeaten in four and returns them to the top of the table, while Puebla is now winless in four and has dropped into last.
The visitors started the game off well, although Chivas began to generate chances of their own about 15 minutes it. Cristian Campestrini was called into action to stop Alan Pulido on more than one occasion, but the netminder was up to the task.
The Tuzos started the game off better and they had a few early chances as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Víctor Guzmán had a good chance in the 9th minute, but Cristian Campestrini was able to send his shot out for a corner kick.
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.
In this relegation six-pointer, a last-minute goal gave Monarcas Morelia the 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result is a second straight victory for Morelia and keeps them unbeaten in three, while Puebla has now lost two in a row.
Neither team wanted to lose this game far more than either one wanted to win it. Play was decidedly cautious for long stretches of the game, and goal-scoring chances didn’t begin to appear in earnest until the second half.