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Puebla has struggled to defeat Club America, losing in their five previous meetings. The other game ended in a draw, and the last time they won in this fixture was back in 2018.
Club America has had a great run, and they will be confident that they get the result needed in this week’s quarterfinal. To secure their place in the final 8, they went seven matches unbeaten at the conclusion of the league season.
Puebla was one of the favourites for the top slot when the season began, but they lost their momentum at the end. To finish in the top 4, they needed only one point from three of their previous matches, but they lost them all.
The last meeting between these sides was in January. It ended in a 1-1 draw. Salvador Reyes scored in the very first minute of the game for Club America, but they were down to 10-men before halftime. Roger Martinez was booked twice within 4 minutes and was then given the marching orders.
Puebla took advantage of the situation and scored during the second half’s extra time. Maximiliano Araujo was the first to score, but the team couldn’t push the pace in the second period despite Club America being deep within their box.
Puebla Must Get back to their best to have any chance
Puebla began the season on a 9-match winning streak, and was one of the favourites for the top spot. With Juarez and Atlas failing to score a point, they had already won six games.
After collecting 21 points from their opening nine matches, Puebla were full of confidence and took things a bit too lightly against Atletico San Luis, who were struggling in the league. They were stunned by their opponents and suffered their first defeat of the season.
Puebla’s performance changes drastically
Juan Manuel Sanabria gave San Luis a surprising lead in the first period, but Puebla had to fight for their equalizer. Martin Barragan was sent on late in the game and he got them level in the 88th minute. They couldn’t get any points from the match, as EfrainOrona won the last kick to win San Luis. Nicolas Larcamon and his men were shocked beyond comprehension, but they didn’t recover.
Santos Laguna was next. Despite having a lead of two goals in the first half, Puebla did not beat them. Israel Reyes and Martin Barragan made it 2-0 in the 74th minute before Eduardo Aguirre and Leonardo Suarez scored to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes left. The match finished 2-2 between the two teams.
Their form quickly deteriorated when they were faced with Toluca. They lost 2-1 to another team who was unable to produce results. Kevin Castaneda, Valber Huerta and Israel Reyes both scored goals for Puebla.
Pumas Unim made matters worse by coming from behind 2-0 to win a point from Puebla. Their top two chances of finishing in the top 4 were lost to the 2-2 draw. However, they still managed to make it back into the top 4.
Up, and then again
The winless streak against Club Leon finally ended despite Pablo Parra’s expulsion for Puebla. Fernando Aristeguieta was the goal scorer in the match. They managed to get three points, their first win in five matches.
They needed only one point in the three remaining games to secure their top four spot. But, disaster struck and they lost all of their matches. They were defeated by Pachuca and Club Necaxa with ease. Puebla was 5th on the league table, losing out to Club Necaxa for automatic qualification to round 4.
In the playoffs they faced Mazatlan who beat them 2-1 in the last day of the season. It seemed like they had found their feet finally when Diego de Buen and Juan Pablo Segovia handed Puebla a 2-0 lead inside 14 minutes, but the opponents fought back and made it 2-2 with a goal in the 91st minute. They won 3-1 in penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals.
Club America Looking To Keep Their Unbeaten Run Going
Club America did not have the best of starts to the Clausura season and won just one of their opening 10 matches. Their chances of reaching the playoffs was slim after they had only picked up seven points in those matches.
They managed to turn things around and surprise everyone with their top 4 finish. Club America won six out of seven final matches, conceding only twice. This is a sharp contrast to the disastrous start to the season when Santiago Solari was fired and Fernando Ortiz replaced him.
A new manager brings new fortunes
Toluca’s dominating win was the beginning of a change in fortunes. Roger Martinez, Diego Valdes, and Alejandro Zendejas scored inside the first 18 minutes, and they managed to win the game comfortably.
Fernando Ortiz’s men had to fight hard for the next win, and they were rewarded in the 91st minute. Diego Valdes scored the only goal in the match.
They won three consecutive games with an impressive performance against Juarez, who was at the bottom of the table. Alejandro Zendejas, Federico Vinas, and Diego Valdes scored the goals in the first period. Diego Valdes won the match with the last kick.
Club Tijuana tried to ruin Ortiz’s party, but Facundo Ferreyra scored an own goal that ended their hopes. Alejandro Zendejas made it 2-0 for Club America inside the first 10 minutes but Joaquin Montecinos pulled one back in the first half. Alvaro Fidalgo sealed the win from the spot in the 84th minute and the winning run continued.
Scaling New Heights Alejandro Zendejas continued his streak of goals against Club Leon, while Richard Sanchez scored another goal to give Club America a 2-0 victory. Three players were expelled by the away team, making it easier for them.
Club America was in the lead for the fourth place, but had to win. In the final game of the season, they had to defeat Tigres who were at the top 2. Henry Martin and Diego Valdes scored in this game, helping them to get to the top 4 and continue the fairytale.
Club America required at least a draw to finish in the top 4. They were able to overcome Cruz Azul, but still managed to win the game and complete the league stage without losing a single match.
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How to Watch Puebla vs Club America
Puebla vs Club America Information Teams Puebla vs Club America Location Estadio Cuauhtemoc Time Wednesday, May 11 at 10. 05pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes