Clausura 2017 Round 1 Results: Monterrey 3, Puebla 2

The last game of opening weekend (technically excluding Jaguares-America as that’s not for another month) between Puebla & Monterrey was almost all about 2s. Almost. Although the visiting Rayados came away with a 3-2 win, for a while it was trending towards a 2-2 tie that was all about 2 players who scored 2 goals each. The pairing-up started in the 20th minute with Pedro Canelo’s first goal to give Puebla the lead, which was matched a couple minutes later by Monterrey’s Jesus Molina scoring his first. In the 36th minute, Canelo scored his 2nd of the game to give Puebla the lead again, but Molina answered with his 2nd in the 55th minute. It seemed to be all about those two until the 82nd minute…PENAL! PENAL! PENAL! PEN-AL-TY! Monterrey was awarded a penalty kick, but apparently Puebla’s goalie stalled and held up the kick longer than the ref liked, so Amarillas for him! Guess he was trying the old “icing the kicker” American football trick-it didn’t work, as Edwin Cardona-not Molina-easily scored to give the Rayados the final lead and nearly send the visiting fans tumbling out of their behind-goal seating area. Molina drew the last of the Amarillas at the end of stoppage time in the second half but too late to help Puebla as the game ended afterwards, and one they probably should have at least taken a point away from.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pedron Canelo (Puebla, 20′, 1st of tournament), Jesus Molina (Monterrey, 22′, 1st of tournament), Canelo (36′, 2nd of game), Molina (55′, 2nd of game), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey, 85′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 2, Puebla 1
Corner kicks-Puebla 4
Amarillas-Puebla 2 (Pablo Miguez, 28′, Cristian Campestrini, 84′), Monterrey 2 (Edgar Castillo, 40′, Molina, 90+3′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 13,338 (28.1% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Tijuana (1/13)
Monterrey-Guadalajara (1/14)