Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Puebla 2, Monterrey 0

And now there are none…the last of the unbeatens has finally fallen. Monterrey’s season-opening unbeaten streak was snapped at 11 games last night in very surprising fashion-not just because they lost 2-0 but because of who they lost to…Puebla. Yes, Puebla. Lucas Cavallini scored both goals for the home team, in the 4th & 77th minutes, to continue his impressive debut campaign with 4 goals now through 6 games. Only one thing went wrong for Puebla, and it was at the very end-assistant coach Juan Reynosa found something to really complain to the officials about and was issued a Rojas! HE GONE! And it must have really been bad because he will sit out the next two games. The loss just means Monterrey has to wait until this weekend to possibly clinch a playoff spot, and their lead in the standings is now just 1 point over America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Lucas Cavallini 2 (Puebla, 4′, 77′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Monterrey 1
Amarillsa-Monterrey 2 (Cesar Montes, 38′, Jose Basanta, 67′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Juan Reynosa, assistant coach, 90′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 6515 (13.8% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Pachuca (10/21)
Monterrey-at Pumas (10/22)

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Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Puebla 2, Queretaro 2

Week 13 continued tonight with the usual Friday night doubleheader, starting with a bottom-of-the-standings matchup of Puebla hosting Queretaro. The few fans in attendance were mostly guilty of premature celebration late as Puebla had a seemingly certain rare victory stolen at the end as Queretaro salvaged a late 2-2 tie. Christian Marrugo gave Puebla a 1-0 lead with a 34th minute goal, but Camilo Da Silva tied it up on a 64th minute header, although Queretaro gave Puebla a big chance soon after in the form of a PENAL! in the 74th minute. Francisco Torres converted for a 2-1 Puebla lead, and it looked like the hosts would get a rare victory. But in extra time at the end of the game, Da Silva took a free kick from long distance and somehow kept it low and threaded the line of defense for an improbable goal in the corner of the net! A couple of Amarillas afterwards and that was it, as the Gallos Blancos steal points away from Puebla in dramatic fashion.

Game Stats:
Goals-Christian Marrugo (Puebla, 34′, 2nd of tournament), Francisco Torres (Puebla, 74′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Camilo Da Silva 2 (Queretaro, 64′, 90+3′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 1
Corner Kicks-Queretaro 7, Puebla 4
Amarillas-Puebla 2 (Marrugo, 41′, Jeronimo Amione, 90+4′), Queretaro 2 (Alexis Perez, 60′, Tiago Volpi, 90+4′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 4802 (10.2% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-Monterrey (10/18)
Queretaro-Cruz Azul (10/17)

Apertura 2017 Week 12 Results: Santos 0, Puebla 0

The final game of the weekend saw Santos hosting Puebla, and after a few off weeks the “typical” Santos team showed up against the hapless visitors, and the end result was a somewhat predictable 0-0 tie.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Santos 1, Puebla 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 8, Puebla 2
Amarillas-Puebla 1 (Lucas Cavallini, 65′), Santos 1 (Diego de Buen, 88′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 17,437 (59.6% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-Atlas (10/15)
Puebla-Queretaro (10/13)

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Necaxa 1, Puebla 1

Necaxa looked to keep recent momentum going this weekend when it hosted hapless Puebla, and they nearly got tripped up in the process and were almost lucky to leave with a 1-1 tie. Lucas Cavallini gave Puebla the lead with a 22nd minute goal-his first career Liga MX goal, coming just a week after the Canadian made his debut, and for a while it looked like it would hold up and give the visitors only their 2nd win of the year, but Pablo Velasquez scored the equalizer in the 79th minute to pull Necaxa even and salvage the tie.

Game Stats:
Goals-Lucas Cavallini (Puebla, 22′, 1st of tournament), Pablo Velaswuez (Necaxa, 79′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 2
Corner Kicks-Necaxa 4, Puebla 2
Amarillas-Necaxa 2 (Jairo Gonzalez, 76′, Manuel Iturra, 85′), Puebla 1 (Cavallini, 9′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 8456 (35.3% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-at Santos (9/24)
Puebla-Monterrey (9/22)

Apertura 2017 Week 8 Results: Puebla 0, Cruz Azul 0

Week 8 began Friday night in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake to strike southern Mexico, with the first game of the night being the only one of two to be played-Puebla hosted Cruz Azul and the visitors ensured at least one unbeaten team would remain at the halfway point of the tournament, albeit in unimpressive fashion because of a 0-0 tie. Cruz Azul continues on the Santops path to being unbeaten, with only 2 wins against 6 ties thus far.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Puebla 3, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 3
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Alonso Zamora, 35′, Erik Pimentel, 56′ Oscar Rojas, 73′), Cruz Azul 1 (Edgar Mendez, 31′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 16,716 (35.6% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Necaxa (9/16)
Cruz Azul-Santos (9/16)

Apertura 2017 Week 5 Results: Puebla 1, Guadalajara 0

Things continue to go from bad to worse to now even worse for Guadalajara-the Chivas have had zero momentum since their championship run last tournament, and sank even lower in a 1-0 loss last night to Puebla. The really bad came in the 18th minute when Jair Pereira tried to stop a Puebla breakaway attack from behind and got himself stopped by a Rojas! HE GONE! He’ll join suspended coach Matias Almeyda on the sidelines for at least the next game. With Guadalajara 1 man down for 70+ minutes, Alonso Zamora got Puebla on the board with a 41st minute goal, which would be all they needed. Only 5 weeks into the new year and the Chivas have stunningly gone from first to worst and are one of three winless teams left this half-a number that could drop to 2 for better or worse as they have a quick turnaround and will be down both Pereira and Almeyda among others in a couple of days when they visit Santos.

Game Stats:
Goals-Alonso Zamora (Puebla, 41′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 2, Guadalajara 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 2
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Zamora, 54′, Pablo Caceres, 73′, Moises Munoz, 83′), Guadalajara 2 (Jesus Sanchez, 21′, Angel Zaldivar, 29′)
Rojas-Guadalajara 1 (Jair Pereira, 18′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 31,433 (69.2% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajata-at Santos (8/23)
Puebla-Leon (8/23)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Puebla 1, Tijuana 1

Week 4 began last night with a matchup of disappointing teams both looking to get their first win of the year, but for both Puebla & Tijuana it was not to be as the offensively-hapless teams played to a defensive-minded 1-1 tie. Both goals came in the second half-Christian Marrugo put Puebla ahead first with a 47th minute then Tijuana’s first goal of the year came from Gustavo Bou in the 56th minute. That’s right-Tijuana, which has averaged about 2 goals a game the last year-plus, has ONE goal so far this year. How times gave changed.

Game Stats:
Goals-Christian Marrugo (Puebla, 47′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 56′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 3, Tijuana 1
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Tijuana 1
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Bou, 69′, Michael Orozco, 85′), Puebla 1 (Fabian Villasenor, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 8124 (17.3% capcaity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Guadalajara (8/19)
Tijuana-Santos (8/18)