In the last minutes of the game, the university students stole the victory at Azteca 2 – 1
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Juan Ignacio Dinenno, Argentine striker for Pumas UNAM, scored the two goals with which his team beat Cruz Azul 1-2. Mexico City (Photo: EFE / Jorge Núñez)
Pumas turned the score around to the cruzazulinos, with a final score of 2 – 1 . With this result, they managed to climb to second place in the general table, already with their guaranteed ticket to the big party of Mexican soccer.
Throughout the week, the expectation of the classification fell on the meeting between the Felines and the Celeste Machine. They were both bound to win.
However, the first duels of day 17 of the 2020 Guardians tournament changed the plans. Tigres and Atlas tied one to one at the Volcano, while Chivas beat Monterrey three goals to one, with this result both teams would enter the league.
Although they already knew the results that affected them directly, Cruz Azul and the university students went out in search of victory in the Colossus of Santa Úrsula.
Santiago Giménez disputes the ball against Carlos Gutiérrez (Photo: REUTERS / Henry Romero)
Before the start of the game, Andrés Lillini's coaching staff confirmed the loss of Alfredo Talavera for one due to a muscle injury in the leg during training. This changed Lillini's lineup, Julio González came in in his place.
For the first half, La Maquina dominated the ball, proposed the dynamics of attack during the first 45 minutes, forced the visitors to play defense with very few scoring opportunities.
González's performance in the goal surprised the cement workers, since in less than thirty minutes he stopped three shots that looked like a goal. For the forty minute, Johan Vázquez left the substitution due to a muscle injury, Gerardo Moreno entered the field.
Despite the complicated situation that Pumas experienced during the first half, they kept the score zero at zero until the rest of the first part of the game.
At the beginning of the second half, the Blues resumed the dominating rhythm of the match. For minute 52 Orbelín Pineda put his team ahead by scoring the first goal of the night with the assistance of Jonathan Rodríguez.
Orbelín Pineda scoring the first goal of the game (Photo: REUTERS / Henry Romero)
In a corner charge by Cruz Azul, the central referee scored a penalty in favor of the local club, which gave them the opportunity to win. The collector was Pineda who sent the ball out of the goal. With that mistake he let slip the two zero.
Both technical director Robert Dante Siboldi and Andrés Lillini began to play changes in their lines of play. In minute 84, Orbelín was replaced by Elías Hernández , this modification caused the de la Noria team to lose control of the game.
In the last minutes of the match, Juan Ignacio Dineno arrived with a double to snatch the score from the Cruzazulinos . In the 86th minute he scored the tie with the assistance of Juan Pablo Vigón, already within the limits of the 90th minute with a header he ended up signing the victory for the felines.
At a press conference at the end of the game, the feline strategist, Andrés Lillini, addressed the media and stated that “today was not a game that we played well, we did little of what we had been doing (throughout the tournament) . “ However, he maintained that his project would continue to face rivals in the league.
Juan Dinenno celebrates after scoring his second goal in the match between Cruz Azul and Pumas of the Mexican tournament. Azteca Stadium, Mexico City. November 7, 2020 (Photo: REUTERS / Henry Romero)
For his part, Robert Siboldi was upset by the result of his team when he let the victory slip away.
So far there are the first four teams qualified for the quarterfinals . In first place is León with a total of 39 points, followed by Pumas and América with 32 units respectively, lastly is Cruz Azul with 29 points.
Although the last regular day has not yet ended, the possible matches for the playoffs would be: Monterrey against Toluca, Tigres would face Puebla, Guadalajara would measure forces with Santos and Pachuca against Necaxa.
For Sunday, November 8, the games to be played are Toluca vs. León, Santos receives Mazatlán and the Tijuana club will visit Querétaro.
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