The final game of the day featured the perennial underdogs in Leon at Necaxa. It was also a styles clash with Necaxa playing their usual very physical style (one notable stat from early on the broadcast: Faltas [fouls]-Necaxa 16, Leon 3, at one point late in the first half). Unfortunately for Necaxa that doesn’t always translate well into potential offense as they were broken late in a 1-0 Leon victory. The lone goal came in a surely anticipated moment for Leon & its fans-in the 85th minute Carlos Pena, back with his home team after a failed year in Guadalajara, took a pass deep in the offensive zone and fired a shot wide that hit the right crossbar and bounced back in for his first goal of the season, hopefully a return to his previous form with Leon. If so that bodes very well for them. As for Necaxa, they are really underdogs now starting their second tournament 0-2. Their strong first half may save them from demotion if they really struggle this half but that’s no guarantee, but clearly they have to be disappointed with the result tonight.
Goals-Carlos Pena (Leon, 85′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 5, Leon 4
Corner kicks-Leon 6, Necaxa 2
Amarillas-Necaxa 3 (Mazimilliano Barreiro, 26′, Manuel Iturra, 29′, Jairo Gonzalez, 56′), Leon 1 (Christian Valdez, 16′)
Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 16,645 (69.6% capacity)