Liga MX: Cruz Azul recovers a 0-1 deficit to conquer León 2-1

MEXICO CITY. Cruz Azul was capable to turn the table against León to win 2-1.


MEXICO CITY. Cruz Azul managed to turn the table against León to win 2-1. All goals were scored in the second half.​ It was León to strike first with an own goal of R. Huescas at the 57′. Then it was a goal in the 82′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, A. Escoboza gave the win to Cruz Azul in the 90′ minute with a goal. Cruz Azul took advantage of its superior ball possession (56%).

The match was played at the Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico City on Thursday and it started at 7:00 pm local time. The referee was Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava who was helped by Pablo Israel Hernández Luna and Michel Caballero Galicia. The 4th official was Óscar Macías Romo. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant around 16.9 degrees Celsius or 62.44 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 74%.​

Match Statistics

Cruz Azul was in firm control of the ball 56% while León was struggling with a 44% ball possession.

Cruz Azul was more aggressive with 51 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Cruz Azul won the match.

Cruz Azul shot 17 times, 6 on target, 11 off target. On the other side, León shot 7 times, 1 on target, 6 off target.


Cruz Azul received 2 yellow cards (J. Dominguez and R. Huescas). On the other side, León received 2 yellow cards (P. Bellon and J. Alvarado).

After playing this contest, Cruz Azul will have 15 points like Mazatlán and Tijuana to stay in the 14th place. On the opposite side, León will stay with 18 points like Atlético San Luis to stay in the 9th place.

Match Events

  • 35'

    O. Rodriguez

  • 38'

    J. Alvarado

  • 57'

    R. Huescas (OG)

  • 64'

    F. Ambriz

    L. Montes

  • 65'

    E. Hernandez

    J. Alvarado

  • 67'

    M. Estrada

    R. Guerrero

  • 74'

    W. Tesillo

    O. Rodriguez

  • 74'

    C. Tabo

    A. Romero

  • 76'

    B. D. Castillo Segura

    J. Campbell

  • 77'

    F. Martinez

    Y. Moreno

  • 78'

    A. Escoboza

    G. Carneiro

  • 79'

    J. Dominguez

  • 82'

    M. Estrada

  • 86'

    R. Huescas

  • 90'

    A. Escoboza

Next match

In the upcoming Liga MX match, Cruz Azul will play away with Pumas UNAM on the 18th of September with a 20-9 head to head in favor of Cruz Azul (10 draws).

León will host Querétaro on the 19th of September with a 12-4 head to head in favor of León (4 draws).

Cruz Azul: Formation and Lineups

Cruz Azul started with an extremely aggressive line-up (3-4-3).

The manager Raul Erasto Jacobo Gutierrez chose to play with the following team: Jesús Corona (6.3), Rafael Guerrero (7.0), Julio César Domínguez (6.8), Ramiro Funes Mori (6.9), Rodrigo Huescas (6.3), Carlos Rodríguez (8.2), Erik Lira (7.1), José Rivero (8.3), Uriel Antuna (6.6), Gonzalo Carneiro (7.1) and Ángel Romero (7.1).


Cruz Azul made 3 changes: R. Guerrero for M. Estrada (67′), A. Romero for C. Tabo (74′) and G. Carneiro for A. Escoboza (78′).

Top player: José Rivero

The player who no doubt impressed Cruz Azul the most was José Rivero even if he didn’t score any goal.

His rating is (8.3) with 41 passes (82% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 2 duels out of 3. He performed 14 crosses.

León: Formation and Lineups

León started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).

On the other side, Renato Manuel Alves Paiva played with: Rodolfo Cota (6.6), Luís Cervantes (6.2), Jaine Barreiro (6.5), Paul Bellón (6.7), Osvaldo Rodríguez (6.5), Joel Campbell (6.8), José Rodríguez (6.3), Luis Montes (6.8), Yairo Moreno (6.4), José Alvarado (6.6) and Lucas Di Yorio (7.0).


León made 5 changes: L. Montes for F. Ambriz (64′), J. Alvarado for E. Hernandez (65′), O. Rodriguez for W. Tesillo (74′), J. Campbell for B. D. Castillo Segura (76′) and Y. Moreno for F. Martinez (77′).

Top player: Lucas Di Yorio

Probably the most impressive player in León was Lucas Di Yorio.

His rating is (7.0) with 14 passes (57% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 10. He performed 1 cross.

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