Puebla, Leon pick up first wins in Verano
17 February 2002 (www.TEAMtalk.com
Puebla and Leon each earned their first wins of the year on Sunday.
La Piedad also picked up a much-needed three points, while Necaxa continued their home dominance with a 4-1 drubbing of Santos.
La Piedad 2, Pachuca 1
Almir de Souza and Rafael Medina each scored for La Piedad as they downed Pachuca 2-1 to move within one point of top spot in Group Two. Pachuca’s loss to the Reboceros drops them into to ninth place in the overall Verano standings.
De Souza put La Piedad in the lead in the 14th minute. The Brazilian striker snuck into the Pachuca area and fired a shot past advancing goalkeeper Miguel Calero.
In the second half it appeared that the Tuzos were mounting a comeback but their efforts were crushed when Medina knocked in La Piedad’s second goal in the 64th minute.
Walter Silvani netted Pachuca’s lone goal in the 78th minute.
Puebla 3, Celaya 1
Puebla finally put an end to their nightmare start with a win against Celaya. Puebla were a woeful 0-2-4 in their first six matches before pounding Celaya.
Puebla were awarded a penalty in only the second minute of play after Robert Forbes pushed Puebla’s Milton Coimbra in the area. Alberto Garcia Aspe stepped up to take the spot kick and buried it past Omar Ortiz for the 1-0 lead.
Julio Aguilar put Puebla ahead 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Celaya nearly came back to steal a point but Luis Fernando Soto’s 87th minute strike was quickly offset when Puebla’s Marco Capetillo notched a goal of his own two minutes later.
The loss sees Celaya drop to the bottom of Group One with just five points from one win and two draws.
Leon 2, Atlante 1
Leon scored two quick goals and their defense made them stand as they went on to beat Atlante for their first win of the season. Atlante remain in last place with no wins and have just one point after six games.
Leon’s Chilean midfielder, Rodrigo Valenzuela, put his side ahead in just the second minute of play when he knocked in a loose ball from close range. Missael Espinoza followed suit for Leon five minutes later, shooting past goalkeeper Damian Grosso for the 2-0 advantage.
Atlante were only able to get on the board thanks to Cesar Marquez’ own-goal in the final moments of the match.
Necaxa 4, Santos 1
Necaxa made quick work of Santos in Estadio Azteca to move within one point of America and top spot in Group Three. Santos ran into trouble with Necaxa’s stringent defense, and were unable to get themselves into the match. In Santos’ last 17 visits to the Azteca, Necaxa have come out on top 11 times.
Braulio Luna scored the game-winning goal in the 34th minute. Luis Roberto Alves and Jose Luis Montes each added goals in a three-minute span in the second half to seal the win for the Rayos. Luis Romero stole one back for Santos in the 77th minute before Luis Perez made it 4-1 five minutes from time.
With the loss, Santos drop to 12th place in the overall league standings.