Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Lobos 1, Puebla 0

The final week of the regular season got underway tonight with the first crosstown “Battle for Puebla”, as Puebla hosted Lobos in a battle for pride & offseason bragging rights. Lobos finished their first tournament in Liga MX on a high note with a 1-0 win over Puebla. Francisco Rodriguez’s header in the 83rd minute was the only goal. Puebla played most of the game shorthanded following Francisco Torres’ header pass gone wrong in the 34th minute-as he went for the ball his leg came up too high and he nailed a leaping Lobos player down there with his knee…DING! OUCH-right in el ding-ding! Torres was shown a Rojas! HE GONE! That means he will start the next tournament on the bench. Lobos finished their first tournament with 23 points, just missing out on a playoff spot-they really struggled after their strong start but got it back together near the end and will have a little breathing room in the demotion race-depending on how last-place Veracruz does, managing at least 18 points-preferably 20+-next tournament should be enough to keep Lobos around past this season. Puebla finishes with 16 points and will also be trying to avoid demotion as well, but they will have at least 10 points of breathing room themselves. Also of note-Puebla drew what seems like as many fans for this game as they drew in all their prior home games this year COMBINED. No doubt a lot of BUAP fans too.

Game Stats:
Goals-Francisco Rodriguez (Lobos, 83′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Lobos 4, Puebla 1
Amarillas-Lobos 3 (Jonathan Fabbro, 51′, Rodriguez, 55′, Julian Quinones, 90+3′), Puebla 2 (Lucas Cavallini, 23′, Alonso Zamora, 90+1′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Francisco Torres, 34′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 45,527 (97% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-Clausura 2018 Tournament
Lobos-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: America 1, Puebla 1

In the first of 2 Saturday night games, America hosted Puebla with a chance to move into a tie for 2nd and clinch a playoff berth. For a while it looked like that would happen but Puebla continued to mess things up for top teams by rallying late to spoil the hosts’ party with a 1-1 tie. Mateus Uribe put America ahead with a 36th minute goal, which looked like it would hold up, but late substitute Felix Micolta headed in the game-tying goal for Puebla in the 83rd minute, and that’s how it would finish. For now America is denied a playoff spot despite moving into 3rd place and can still get in this weekend, but they will need help in the form of Toluca losing at Veracruz tomorrow. Otherwise they have to beat Santos in their final game to be in for sure. As for Puebla, their finale will be for local bragging rights against crosstown rival-for-now Lobos.

Game Stats:
Goals-Mateus Uribe (America, 36′, 3rd of tournament), Felix Micolta (Puebla, 83′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 2
Corner Kicks-Puebla 4, America 3
Amarillas-Puebla 1 (Hugo Rodriguez, 67′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
America-at Santos (11/19)
Puebla-Lobos (11/17)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Puebla 3, Pumas 0

Week 15 got underway tonight with only one Friday night game-the battle to avoid last place between Puebla & Pumas. It wasn’t even close as Puebla took advantage of the worst defense in the league and took a blowout 3-0 win. Jesus Escoboza opened the scoring in the 16th minute with his first goal, then in the 60th minute Francisco Torres converted a PENAL! to make it 2-0. Francisco Acuna finished it off with a 69th minute score. Pumas didn’t get much of a boost from the latest return of Nicolas Castillo, and it was a quick one because of what he got in the 73rd minute-a bad call victimization and a Rojas! HE GONE! The loss will all but put Pumas back in last depending on what Queretaro does, while Puebla’s all-but-gone playoff hopes hang around but they aren’t going to make it. Pumas also is officially eliminated from playoff contention now.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jesus Escoboza (Puebla, 16′, 1st of tournament), Francisco Torres (Puebla, 60′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Francisco Acuna (Puebla, 69′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 2, Pumas 1
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Alan Mendoza, 44′, Gerardo Alcoba, 46′), Puebla 1 (Christian Marrugo, 41′)
Rojas-Pumas 1 (Nicolas Castillo, 73′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 12,481 (26.5% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at America (11/4)
Pumas-Santos (11/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Pachuca 1, Puebla 0

In a match of teams all but out of the playoffs, Puebla looked to build on it’s upset of Monterrey last weekend by beating Pachuca on the road. It was not to be as the Tuzos kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 win. Victor Guzman headed in the only goal in the 33rd minute, continuing his huge breakout campaign with his 8th score so far (excluding Copa MX he had only 3 career goals coming into this year). The loss virtually eliminates Puebla from playoff contention, as next week they will try to avoid a potential last-place finish this tournament as they host Pumas.

Game Stats:
Goals-Victor Guzman (Pachuca, 33′, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 5, Puebla 5
Corner Kicks-Pachuca 3, Puebla 2
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Jose Toledo, 5′, Lucas Cavallini, 77′, Pablo Gonzalez, 88′), Pachuca 1 (Jose Martinez, 76′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 21,732 (78.9% capacity)

Next up:
Pachuca-at Santos (10/29)
Puebla-Pumas (10/27)

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)

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)