It was a game of pride for Toluca, who set the inferno on fire and burned Puebla that fell 2-1 thanks to goals from Kevin Castañeda and Valber Huerta. The ‘Escarlatas’ had gone six games without a win and finally broke the curse to get some oxygen.
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The match was a shaky one. Ignacio Ambriz made five changes and replaced some of the leaders in the dressing room. The message was clear, to choose the players he considered best, regardless of hierarchies, as the burden of four consecutive defeats was getting heavier and heavier.
Puebla was not going to be an easy task, as Nicolás Larcamón's men were fighting for the top of the general table, but they found themselves up against the Devil himself and paid dearly for the heat of hell.
Toluca vs Puebla Highlights
It was the home team that had the best opportunities despite Puebla's insistence, which in the first half did little to complicate Luis García. It was Kevin Castañeda who took advantage of a play by Leo Fernández and a back-heel by Jordan Sierra to angle his shot into the corner of Anthony Silva's goal to open the scoring.
The few fans that showed up at the Nemesio Diez Stadium celebrated, although they clearly sent a message to the board of directors due to the lack of results, as not even a 3x1 win was enough to fill the 'Bombonera'.
Then, it was Valber Huerta who extended the lead, as the defender hit a cross into the area and Silva cut it with feline reflexes, but the rebound was left to Huerta himself, who only pushed the ball with the Puebla goalkeeper on the turf.
The game got dirty with some fouls and the players put their legs in more. That led to an innocent foul in favor of La Franja and Israel Reyes benefited from it when he found a rebound in the area and scored minutes before halftime.
For the second half, both coaches made changes and the game went back and forth. Silva made key interventions and prevented Castañeda from scoring his brace, as the youngster had a couple of chances where the goalkeeper was excellent.
Luis García also responded in goal. After missing a few games due to injury, he returned to the starting lineup in good form and did not let his goal fall on any more occasions.
In the end, time ran out and the Diablos spoiled the party for Puebla, who were looking for the top of the general table, but the Escarlatas burned them and their negative streak of six games without a win.