Puebla direct, Santos to playoffs, draw without goals

TORREÓN.- Santos and Puebla tied without goals on the last date of Guard1anes 2021, a result with which the team from the Strip ends the regular tournament in third place in the general table, while the Laguneros could not enter directly to Liguilla and They confirmed a repechage ticket.

Therefore, Monterrey dropped to fourth place, and although it has the same points as Puebla (28), it is surpassed in goal difference. By the way, according to the statistics, the ftanca have been champions twice, finishing third.

With striker Santiago Ormeño on the bench, the second time he is not a starter in the tournament, Puebla started the game containing Santos. The Laguneros launched themselves to the front from the first minute, something that the visiting team expected, because although they suffered at least three times in their goal, they knew how to come out ahead, their rear intervening well and the same goalkeeper, the Paraguayan Antony Silva.

In the first minutes, Santos had a couple of chances to score and even a header hit the crossbar. Defender Félix Torres was also close to opening the scoring, after a somewhat hasty arrival, but the team from the fringe responded in a great way.

The first 15 minutes were complete for Santos, but then Puebla gradually paired up, showing that the attack formed by Christian Tabó and Omar Fernández did not need Ormeño, since the air game in front was also done very well by the central Segovia, who in the first half sent two dangerous headshots.

Acevedo had minutes of constant attack on his goal, thanks to a first shot from Segovia. The team from the strip matched the meeting with well-planned arrivals and even had more clear opportunities. At 32 ‘, full-back Maximiliano Araujo arrived quickly and hand in hand with Acevedo, the goalkeeper deflected the ball with his feet and removed the danger.

Almost immediately, midfielder Diego de Buen was saved from a second yellow card by committing a heinous foul, when not long ago he had received a warning. The referee Erick Yair Miranda missed this play and the laguneros did not repel. The poblanos also benefited from not scoring a possible penalty, after a clear push from Salvador Reyes at 35 ‘. The continuity that the teams gave to the game did not give rise to complaints and the game continued, but the goal was absent.

On his return to the field, Santos took the initiative again, with midfielder Omar Campos opening the field on the left wing and Orrantia on the other side. However, Puebla created the first important play at 53 ‘; Segovia’s shot from above and saved Acevedo with both hands, well concentrated and rightly so, since the rival, despite not having Ormeño, brought out other offensive resources, while defending himself properly, without losing the Calm down.

Finally, Ormeño was not required by coach Nicolás Larcamón, who preferred to strengthen the midfield and take care of the tie that gave him third place in the tournament, than risk losing. Ormeño, for his part, was denied the opportunity to seek to increase his scoring quota and scored nine goals, two less than the already scoring champion, Argentine Pedro Alexis Canelo, from Toluca.

The result between Puebla and Santos defined the playoff matches between León-Toluca, Atlas-Tigres and Pachuca-Chivas. But it was America’s victory —1-0 with a goal from Henry Martín at 83’— over the Pumas that certified Santos that he will face Querétaro for the pass to the Quarter-Finals.

The official schedules of those matches will be announced on Monday by La Liga MX.

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