Cruz Azul lost a game they much needed to win. At the Azteca Stadium the lost 0-2 to Tigres UANL and leave the chance to get closer to the top pass. If the had won, they would have reduced the difference with leader Leon to just one point with three games to go. Now the trail both Pumas and Leon, and for worst, if they want to keep mathematical chances of getting the title they need America to beat Leon, in which case America would also surpass them.
Nevertheless, it must be admited that the game was as hard as it could get, and losing wasn't something out of the possibilities for Cruz Azul. The problem was the way in which they lose. The were better than Tigres on the first half and started the second half been clearly better and hurting Tigres. At the 7th minute of the second half the referee Eduardo Galván Basulto sanctioned a penalty for Cruz Azul. And there it all changed.
The designate penalties shooter was Jonathán Rodríguez, the Uruguayan forward who is part of the national team squad. Rodríguez is the top scorer of the Liga MX, together with Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac. Rodríguez shooted and missed the penalty. Fifteen minutes later Nicolás López scored for Tigres and then Gignac determined the final score.
Rodríguez ended up in the center of the controversy because his penalty would have meant to put Cruz Azul up on the score just at the same time that the Máquina was playing it's best football. Although the former Peñarol striker is one of the most important players of Cruz Azul right now, it will be hard to forget this mistake if the Máquina failed to win the Liga MX.