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Puebla, Mazatlan Prediction
Puebla had very different endings to their league seasons. This pattern is likely to persist in the knockout stage. The two sides finished at the opposite ends of the playoff brackets, but it is the 12th placed Mazatlan who will be confident of a win.
Mazatlan beat Puebla to secure their spot in the playoffs. A loss or draw would have seen them finish outside the top 12 and Club Leon taking their place in the knockout stages.
Puebla regrets not taking advantage of the chance to place in the top 4. To secure the fourth spot in the rankings, they needed only one point from their three remaining matches. However, they lost all three.
In the last game of the season Oswaldo Alanis gave Mazatlan the lead just after the first half had started. After a long VAR review, they were given a penalty. Marco Fabian scored from the spot to make it two goals. Puebla needed a quick response to have any chance of getting a point from the game, but their only goal came in the 94th minute via Pablo Parra.
The match finished 2-1 in favour of Mazatlan. They managed an unexpected comeback and made it to the knockout stage. The match will be repeated when these two teams clash on Saturday.
The winner will play the Monterrey/Atletico de San Lucis winner.
Puebla must forget about the League and focus on the task ahead
Puebla had a great start to the season, being one of the favourites to finish at the top of the table. After 9 matches, they were undefeated and had won 6 of their games. They also drew the three other teams. They were also ruthless and determined in front of goal. No team was able to stop them.
All that changed in gameweek 10 when Puebla were at Atletico de San Luis. Juan Manuel Sanabria, the home team took the lead just before the half-time break and caused the league leaders to struggle. However, normal service seemed to have been restored when Martin Barragan got the equalizer in the 88th minute.
The unbeaten streak was to continue and Puebla attempted to win. Efrain Orona had other plans and scored against the run of play in the 96th minute to hand San Luis a shock win and end the unbeaten run of the table toppers. The
Puebla team quickly recovered from the defeat and led by 2-0 in their next match against Santos Laguna. The side that was struggling to score made an impressive comeback and won a point. To make the score 2-2, Eduardo Aguirre and Leonardo Suarez scored in less than 2 minutes.
Laguna Heartbreak rubs off on the Following Fixtures
The hurried draw seems to have damaged something in Puebla’s setup, which would be begging for reflection in the fixtures. Toluca won 2-1 over them. The drastic shift in form was evident. Kevin Castaneda, Valber Huerta and Israel Reyes scored first-half goals to give them a lead of 2-0. Israel Reyes then pulled one back just before the half ended. The game finished with the same result, as there were no changes in momentum.
Puebla still had the upper hand and were in command of the table’s top spot, but they needed to make sure there weren’t any more mistakes. They lost 2-2 to Pumas UNAM in their next match. They took another 2-0 lead but couldn’t keep it. Rogerio, Jorge Ruvalcaba and Jorge Ruvalcaba both scored in the second half of each period to give away a point.
A Poor End to League Stages
Puebla’s winless streak was ended by Fernando Aristeguieta scoring the only goal against Club Leon. However, the other teams failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
Puebla needed just one point in their three previous matches to reach the top 4. Only one match was against Pachuca who were the leaders. They also had to face two other sides in the table, Club Necaxa (Mazatlan) and Club Necaxa (Club Necaxa). Puebla finished fifth in the table, despite losing all three of their matches.
Mazatlan Will Continue Their Amazing Run
While Puebla finished the season without a win, Mazatlan won the entire series. After picking up just two wins and nine points from their first 13 games of the season, no one gave them a chance of making it to the playoffs as they were second from the bottom. Needing a win in all four remaining games to have any chance of making it to the top 12, Mazatlan were at Atlas first. Their opponents were a team that had only lost three times and was pushing hard for the fourth place.
Gabriel Esteban Caballero Shicker’s team managed to surprise everyone and won 2-1. They did not sit back after scoring a brace in the first half. Julio Furch pulled one back for Atlas from the spot early in the second half before being sent off in the 81st minute. It was still 2-1 and Mazatlan’s hopes of making it to the playoffs were alive.
Next up were Santos Laguna, another side chasing a place in the top 12 but in a much better situation than Mazatlan. In the second half, Gonzalo Sosa scored again for the home team and their goal secured a 1-0 victory.
Juarez were the next to meet Mazatlan. This was their only easy fixture as they were bottom of the table. Brian Rubio got a brace that ensured Mazatlan didn’t slip up, and maintained the hope of reaching the playoffs.
Going into the last day of the season Mazatlan had to win against Puebla in order to keep the hopes alive that Pumas UNAM or Club Leon would drop points. They were 3rd favourites to reach the playoffs, but they managed to surprise Liga MX supporters.
Marco Fabian and Oswaldo Alanis scored for them to take a 2-0 advantage over Puebla. The defenders then took care of the rest. Pablo Parra scored the lone goal for Puebla from the spot, but it came in the 94th minute and they could not spark a comeback, thereby sealing Mazatlan’s place in the playoffs as Club Leon had drawn 4-4 with Toluca.
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How to Watch Puebla vs Mazatlan
Puebla vs Mazatlan Infromation Teams Puebla vs Mazatlan Location Estadio Cuauhtemoc Time Sunday, May 8 at 6pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes