Lobos BUAP overcame 10-man Puebla by the minimum difference as they earned a 0-1 away win in this regional rivalry. This was the conclusion of the Apertura 2017 season for both teams, who were out of playoff contention before tonight’s kickoff.
Both teams came out attacking as they looked to not only gain regional bragging rights but also improve their position in the relegation standings. Puebla had started the game off well, but before long it leveled out as the teams looked evenly matched.
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a two-game losing streak for the Águilas, but keeps them winless in three, while extending Puebla’s unbeaten streak to two games.
América was looking to lock up their spot in the playoffs, and they started the game strongly. Their first good chance came in the 13th minute when Carlos Darwin Quintero sent in a cross for Oribe Peralta, but his header crashed against the crossbar.
Puebla won their second consecutive home game with a 3-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result is a second straight loss for the universitarios, who also remain winless on the road this season.
The Poblanos took the lead in the 16th minute after a good bit of team play. Jerónimo Amione and Alonso Escoboza combined before sending the ball to Francisco Acuña; he found Luis Venegas, whose fist-time cross into the box was met by Escoboza to make it 1-0.
Pachuca ended a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory against Puebla. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in two while the Poblanos saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
With both teams in need of points, the game was an open affair from the beginning. Pachuca looked dangerous with Jonathan Urretaviscaya feeding Ángelo Sagal and Keisuke Honda, while Víctor Guzmán tested Moisés Muñoz with several shots from outside the box.
Puebla twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as Querétaro fought back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Poblanos unbeaten in two but leaves them winless in seven, while the Gallos Blancos are unbeaten in two but winless in eight.
Both teams were looking to end their long winless streaks against another struggling team, and Querétaro began to create chances early. However, it didn’t take Puebla long to find chances of their own, although it wasn’t until the 34th minute that the hosts were able to take the lead.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Santos Laguna and Puebla played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros winless at home this season – and winless in three overall – while the Poblanos remain winless in six.
Puebla started the game off well and they had the first chance in the 4th minute, when Lucas Cavallini’s shot from inside the box was saved by Carlos Acevedo. Two minutes later, Brayan Angulo and Cavallini combined before Acevedo made another save to keep the game goalless.
Atlas snapped a six-game winless streak with a 1-2 away win against Puebla. The result leaves the Poblanos winless at home this season and keeps them at the bottom of the league table.
The visitors took an early lead thanks to a goalkeeping error. In the 8th minute, Juan Pablo Vigón tried his luck from distance, and Moisés Muñoz fumbled the ball, allowing it to slide by and nestle into the net. 0-1.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Necaxa. The result leaves the Poblanos unbeaten in two but winless in four while the Rayos are winless in two.
Puebla took advantage of a defensive miscue to open the scoring in the 22nd minute. Christian Marrugo sent a cross into the box that defender Mario de Luna failed to deal with. The ball fell nicely for Lucas Cavallini, who brought it down on his chest and fired past Marcelo Barovero to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (7th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in three. La Máquina has three times as many draws as wins in the Apertura – six and two, respectively – and they need to start picking up all three points if they want to stay in the top eight. They do have the second-best defensive record in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul for this one.
As for Santos Laguna (14th), the Laguneros drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten in three but also winless at home this season. Their lone win of the Apertura came on the road, and they’ll look for another one here. They picked up an away win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat FC Juárez 0-3.