With both teams already eliminated from the playoffs, this game was just for pride. Puebla earned a 0-1 away win to end their season on a relative high note, although even with the victory they will finish the Clausura 2017 at the bottom of the table.
The hosts had the first good chance of the game in the 12th minute, when Josecarlos van Rankin got his head to the ball, but Israel Villaseñor made the save. Puebla responded with a chance through Carlos Orrantía, but Alfredo Saldívar made a good point-blank stop to send the ball out for a corner.
Necaxa kept themselves mathematically in the playoff fight with a 0-1 victory over Puebla in the final game of Jornada 16. The loss, a second consecutive one for the Poblanos, keeps them rooted to the foot of the table.
Chances were few and far between in the first half. Necaxa forced a save out of Fabián Villaseñor in just the third minute, while for Puebla Álvaro Navarro had a header saved in the 34th minute and Pablo Míguez put another header wide in the 39th. The game remained goalless at halftime.
The Clausura 2017 relegation fight is set to come right down to the wire. With two games left to play, there are four teams still mathematically involved in the relegation fight: Monarcas Morelia, Jaguares de Chiapas, Veracruz, and Puebla.
León extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over Puebla. The result keeps the Poblanos winless on the road in four and rooted to the bottom of the league table.
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.
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.
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.