Pablo Barrera brace guides Pumas UNAM to the Liguilla


Pumas UNAM moved to sixth in the league table and set-up a quarterfinal clash with Tigres as a brace from Pablo Barrera helped the Universitarios to a 3-0 win over Puebla at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

Barrera was the architect of all three goals as Pumas sealed their place in the Liguilla, eliminating Monterrey in the process.

It was Puebla who carved out the best chances in the first half. However, a red card to Patricio Araujo late in the period saw Puebla play the second half with only ten men.

The Universitarios then broke the deadlock on 54 minutes through a perfectly taken Pablo Barrera penalty to take the lead.

The former West Ham winger was also at the heart of the visitor’s second goal, with Barrera setting up Britos with an easy finish past Cristian Campestrini.

Things went from bad to worse for Puebla when Francisco Torres was shown his marching orders for a bad tackle on Fidel Martinez, leaving the hosts down to nine men.

With less than ten minutes to go in the game, Barrera would have a second from a fast break to seal a comfortable win for the Universitarios.

Pumas UNAM will now take on Tigres in the quarterfinals of Liga MX, which are highlighted by the Clasico Nacional between Club America and Chivas.


Necaxa edge closer to Liguilla with 3-1 win over Puebla


Necaxa moved within a point of clinching a place in the Liguilla in their first season back in Mexico’s top-tier as the Rayos brushed aside Puebla 3-1 on Saturday.

Jesus Isijara, whose contributions this season for Necaxa have been huge, opened the scoring when he poked home in the 31st minute.

An easy victory looked on the cards after a penalty was called for an Edgar Duenas tackle inside the box. Edson Puch stepped up, but Cristian Campestrini saved to keep Puebla in the game.

In the second half, against the run of play, Puebla grabbed an equalizer through Jeronimo Amione when he took advantage of some bad timing from goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.

But Necaxa’s reply was almost immediate and Marcos Gonzalez headed home from a Jairo Gonzalez corner to regive Necaxa the lead.

Puebla tried desperately for a leveler, but in the closing stages of the game, Robert Herrera was sent off for a handball inside the box. This time, Edson Puch made no mistake from the penalty spot to seal all three points for Necaxa.

Next, needing just a point to make the Liguilla, Necaxa close out the regular season against Chivas, while Puebla, who are essentially eliminated, will host Pumas UNAM.


Puebla battle back for 2-2 draw with Leon


Matias Alustiza hit a late equalizer from the spot as Puebla battled from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw with Leon on Sunday night.

Mauro Boselli gave Leon the lead when he sent a right-footed shot past Cristian Campestrini shortly after the half-hour mark.

The Puebla goal continued to feel the pressure, and German Cano made it a two-goal lead in the 43rd minute when he latched on to a perfect Fernando Navarro cross to put things at 2-0 at the break.

But Alvaro Navarro dragged La Franja back into the game with a superb free-kick in the 66th minute.

William Yarbrough then made it a day to forget as the United States goalkeeper tripped Matias Alustiza inside the box for a penalty. The same Alustiza stepped up and sent Yarbrough the wrong way to level things at two.

As the final whistle approached, both sides failed to find a chance to bag all three points, eventually settling for a point apiece.

The result keeps Leon in a Liguilla position with two games to go in the regular season, and next, La Fiera will host Chivas at the Estadio Nou Camp. Meanwhile, Puebla remain just two points behind Leon and will visit Necaxa in week 15.


Last-minute Navarro goal gives Puebla win over Cruz Azul as Tomas Boy steps down

Ciudad de México, 22 de octubre de 2016. , durante el partido de la jornada 14 del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre la Máquina Celeste de Cruz Azul y la Franja del Puebla, celebrado en el estadio Azul. Foto: Imago7/Luis Onofre

Ciudad de México, 22 de octubre de 2016. , durante el partido de la jornada 14 del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre la Máquina Celeste de Cruz Azul y la Franja del Puebla, celebrado en el estadio Azul. Foto: Imago7/Luis Onofre

Puebla scored in the dying moments of the game to remain in the fight for a spot in the Liguilla with a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul on Saturday.

The match surprisingly had no shortage of excitement in the first half, with both teams enjoying a slice of misfortune and hitting the woodwork on a pair of occasions.

Damian Escudero, though, opened the scoring in the 37th minute, executing a superb free-kick past the diving Jose de Jesus Corona to give Puebla the lead.

Cruz Azul equalized shortly before half-time when Aldo Leao Ramirez fired a left-footed strike following a corner.

With both teams needing the win to stay in the Liguilla race, the second half was anything but comfortable.

But just when the match looked headed for a 1-1 draw, the visitors snatched an emphatic win. David Toledo picked out Alvaro Navarro, who headed home from inside the box to give Puebla an important three points.

The match proved to be Tomas Boy’s last in front of Cruz Azul as the manager stepped down at the conclusion of the game.

Cruz Azul will enter the final stretch of the season with a match against Chivas, while Puebla will host Leon.


Chivas cruise to victory over 10-man Puebla


Chivas secured their seventh win of the season to move up to fourth in the Liga MX table by beating 10-man Puebla 2-0 on Sunday.

The Rebaño Sagrado took the lead inside the 20-minute mark when Angel Zaldivar was brought down inside the area, with the same 22-year-old striker stepping up and converting the penalty to give Chivas the advantage.

Puebla then had forward Matias Alustiza dismissed two minutes before half-time after a small altercation with the ref.

Chivas doubled their advantage at the restart when Marco Bueno got better of his defender inside the area by capping off a perfect cross from Edwin Hernandez.

Any possibility of a Puebla comeback looked unlikely, and at the end, Chivas held on to a comfortable win at the Cuauhtemoc.

Next, Chivas will take on Alebrijes de Oaxaca in action of the Copa MX quarterfinals, while Puebla will do the same against Toluca on Wednesday.