KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 20, 2018
Jose Torres had an early shower when he was sent off as Puebla shared the points with Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa in the latest round of the Liga MX Apertura.
Necaxa 2-2 Puebla
Necaxa scored two second-half goals to after being down for much of the game to rescue a point in their game with Puebla at Estadio Victoria de Aguascalientes.
Both Torres and Alvarado started for their respective teams in the contest.
Puebla scored their first of the game just six minutes in when some good passing along the right side of the field saw Diego Cruz send a cross into the area. There was a deflection, but it still allowed Lucas Cavallini to get a foot on it and put th ball past Necaxa goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez to give the visitors the lead.
However, Necaxa were given a chance to level the score when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after it was judged that Anderson Santamaria brought down Brian Fernandez in the area. Fernandez stepped up to take the penalty but was denied by Nicolas Vikonis.
Despite the missed penalty, Necaxa were given an advantage in the 36th minute when Torres was shown a straight red card after the referee determined that he made a rough challenge for the ball on Ruben Gonzalez.
But it would be Puebla that scored their second goal of the game just seconds into the second half when Alejandro Chumacero took a pass from Cavallini and volleyed his effort past into the back of the net.
It appeared that the visitors would somehow be able to claim all three points despite being a man down, but Necaxa mounted their comeback and were rewarded another penalty when Santamaria once again brought down another player in the area.
This allowed Victor Davila to step and this time convert the penalty in the 58th minute to cut the deficit.
Dieter Villalpando scored the equalizer in the 69th minute to level the score when teammate Facundo Castro teed him up to take a strike from outside the area.
A dramatic comeback for Necaxa to salvage a point while Puebla will have to wonder what went wrong as they could not hold on to their lead.
Necaxa sits in eighth in the standings with seven points while Puebla is in 16th with four points.
Elsewhere in Liga MX, Omar Gonzalez started for Atlas as their woes continued following a 1-0 loss to Morelia.
Michael Orozco started for Lobos BUAP in their 3-0 loss to Pachuca.
Joe Corona watched from the bench as America settled for a 1-1 tie with Queretaro.
William Yarbrough watched from the bench as Leon suffered a crushing 3-0 lose to leaders Cruz Azul.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Tijuana were hammered 3-0 by Toluca.
Eduardo Fernandez watched from the bench as Tigres UANL were 3-1 losers to Santos Laguna.
In Ascenso MX, Rodrigo Lopez started for Celaya as they were decimated 4-0 by Atletico San Luis.
Josue Sota and Fernando Arce started for Cimarrones de Sonora while Fernando Arce came off the bench for Dorados as both teams settled for a 1-1 tie.