America and Puebla share points as the Azteca pays homage to Blanco

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By Rafael

Puebla earned a point at the Estadio Azteca as they drew 0-0 with the champions Club America.

America had a number of chances to take the lead in the first half. In the 11th minute, Darwin Quintero released Dario Benedetto into the box and the Argentine’s shot went just wide of Cota’s goal.

Two minutes later, Rubens Sambueza flicked a ball into the box for Benedetto to head towards goal, but Cota produced an excellent one-handed save.

In the 28th minute, Quintero skipped past his defender on the right-wing before crossing to Oribe Peralta. However, Peralta’s first-touch was poor and his shot went yards wide of the near post.  

Although Puebla had caused America little trouble, moments later Alustiza tested Club America goalkeeper, Moises Muñoz, with a long distance shot that forced a great save.

Rodolfo Cota was the standout player for the visitors, and 13 minutes into the second half, the Puebla goalkeeper again made a spectacular save from another Benedetto header.

In the 76th minute, Darwin Quintero was given too much time and space in the box and his curling effort came agonizingly close when the ball hit the woodwork.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco was perhaps making his last appearance at the Estadio Azteca, and in the 78th minute, the Mexican soccer legend came on the field to an ovation from everybody in the stadium.

In injury time, Matosas’ men looked to have scored the winner from a set-piece. However, the referee was in no doubt that Pablo Aguilar had used his hand to score. The decision was the correct one and the referee showed Aguilar the red card for a second yellow card offense.

At the final whistle, Blanco jogged off the field for one last ovation as both teams failed to obtain the breakthrough goal.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.