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Puebla defeated Club León 1-0 the last time these two sides faced each other, and a repeat of that is expected this weekend. The two sides are in good form, and the match should be a close contest, just like all the other recent games between these two sides.
Fernando Aristeguieta scored the lone goal of the game when Puebla defeated Club León in the Clausura earlier this year. The match that took place in April saw Pedro Hernández sent off for Club León in the 5th minute of the game. With their backs against the wall, the home side decided to sit back and defend for the rest of the match, which led to them not getting a single shot on target. They had just 39 percent of the ball too but still managed to shoot 14 times.
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In contrast, Puebla took 23 shots, of which seven were on target. They dominated from the start to the end but ended the game with fewer men than their opponents. Pablo Parra got sent off in the 77th minute, while Alberto Herrera was given the marching orders in the 93rd minute. Luckily, the win was sealed in the first half, and they did not have to sweat it out in the final stages despite going down to nine men.
The last time Club León won in this fixture was not long ago. They picked up a 2-0 when the two sides met in last year’s Apertura season – during the knockout stages and also during a 1-0 win in the league stage. Interestingly, the two sides have drawn just four matches in their history of facing off against each other, and the last one was back in 2016. The game ended 2-2, with Puebla making a comeback from 2-0 down at halftime to level things up in the second half.
Puebla missed out on automatic qualification to the quarterfinals in the Clausura earlier this year after losing their last three matches. They needed just one point to finish in the top four but ended up losing all games and had to go into the reclassification round.
They made it past Mazatlan, who had finished 12th in the table and just about qualified after winning their last four league games. However, they lost to Club America in the quarterfinals and were eliminated.
Puebla have done well in the transfer window and signed a few good players. Iván Moreno, Gastón Silva, Luis García and Jordi Cortizo have been signed while Omar Fernández has arrived on loan. Meanwhile, Juan Pablo Segovia, Juan Pablo Segovia and Javier Salas have been released with Jordi Cortizo and Guillermo Martínez also leaving following the end of the loan deals.
In the first match of the season, Puebla were at Mazatlan, the side they defeated in the Clausura Reclassification round back in May. Things got off to a brilliant start as Israel Reyes scored in the 6th minute, with Fernando Aristeguieta doubling the lead in the 14th minute. Eduard Bello pulled one back for Mazatlan right after the halftime break, but Martín Barragán restored the two-goal lead before the hour mark.
Amaury Escoto made it 4-1 in the 76th minute, before Gabriel Lopez pulled another goal back for the home side. The away side could not dominate the possession, as they managed just 40 percent of it, but had 18 shots and seven on target.
Puebla were at home in the second match and they hosted Santos Laguna, a side that finished 14th in the Clausura table. Gustavo Ferrareis handed the home side an early lead, and it turned out to be the lone goal of the match. The goal came in the 11th minute, and the home side dominated from start to finish. Santos Laguna were handed a lifeline by the referee in the 26th minute by awarding them a penalty. However, VAR ruled it out seconds later, and the game remained 1-0.
Gustavo Ferrareis has been the player to watch for Puebla as he has a goal and an assist this season. He will be looking to add to his tally this weekend.
No player is injured or suspended for the upcoming game.
Club León missed out on the playoffs in Clausura earlier this year after failing to win any of their last five matches. They needed three points – at least – from those games to get into the reclassification round, but failed to make it after collecting just two points.
To avoid a repeat of that mistake, the club have gone out and signed a couple of players. Byron Castillo has joined from Barcelona SC, while Paul Bellón has been signed on a free transfer. Lucas Di Yorio and Alfonso Alvarado have been loaned in, while Óscar Villa and Juan Rangel have been promoted from the U20 side.
On the pitch, Club León made a good start to the season. They took the lead against Atletico de San Luis in the 35th minute, with Federico Martínez getting on the scoresheet. They had trouble at the other end before halftime, but VAR ruled out the penalty, and they managed to take the lead to the break.
It all looked good for Leon to take the win as San Luis were finding it hard to get shots on target. Unfortunately, Byron Castillo scored an own goal in the 77th minute and that leveled things up in the game. Leon were determined to win the match and got it with a goal in the 93rd minute. Loanee Lucas Di Yorio got on the scoresheet and handed his new side a winning start to the season.
Club León had a horror start to their first home game as Juan Dinenno scored from the spot in the 5th minute. Things got worse after Osvaldo Rodríguez was sent off in the 21st minute for a foul. Gustavo del Prete and Eduardo Salvio scored again for the away side and Pumas UNAM had a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Loanee Lucas Di Yorio was once again there to help Club León when needed, and he pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute. Joel Campbell made it 2-3 just before the hour mark and made it an exciting last 30 minutes of the game. Di Yorio was the hero for Leon as he scored his second and the home side’s third goal in the 79th minute to level things up. They held on for the draw and remained unbeaten in the league after two matches.
No player is injured, but Osvaldo Rodríguez is suspended for the upcoming game.
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|Puebla vs Club León Information|
|Teams||Puebla vs Club León|
|Time||Friday, July 15 at 7pm EST onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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