▲ While the emeralds celebrated their second triumph, the university students add five games without a goal.Photo JamMedia
From the Editorial Office
La Jornada newspaper
Monday, February 22, 2021, p. 4
Champion León took a breather after an uneven start to the season by beating 1-0 against some Pumas that walk towards the gorge on the seventh date of the 2021 Guardians tournament. with five, they lost undefeated at home after almost a year and have five defeats, three in a row.
In a duel with several finishing failures, Ángel Mena scored a goal in the 67th minute that gave León his second win in the tournament. The goal was enough to increase the complications of the university students, who have not scored in five games.
Before the match played at the Olympic University Stadium, Pumas began to suffer with the loss of youth squad Emanuel Montejano, who had previously replaced starting striker Juan Ignacio Dinenno, so Gabriel Torres and Favio Álvarez had to cover the offense.
León was more fierce at the beginning and managed to constantly create danger to the attack from the right side. Jean Meneses approached the area and sent a pass to Víctor Dávila, who failed to close the play.
In the face of the visitors’ attacks, Pumas fell back and was slow to attack with a long-range shot that went over the goal. The emeralds once again launched themselves on the offensive with shots from Dávila and Mena, but they could not achieve.
Near the break, the university students woke up in the attack. Juan Pablo Vigón launched another shot from outside the area, while Gabriel Torres sent a header that was saved by goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota, who returned to the starting position.
In another tense play, Torres finished off the right post; Cota stopped the ball, although he released it, but the emerald defense took the ball out of the area and avoided a blow.
Nervous about the complications in the offense, Andrés Lillini, the university coach, renewed his scheme in the complement and took a risk by sending Juan Ignacio Dinenno, who is recovering from an injury, and Alan Mozo, who had been punished, to the field. .
However, the emeralds were more adept at getting the upper hand. Jean Meneses sent a deep pass to Ángel Mena, who hit the ball in front of Alfredo Talavera to send it to the nets.
Desperation fell on Lillini, who exhausted her movements with Juan Manuel Iturbe and Bryan Mendoza on the field of play, but could not avoid the disaster.
It hurts me to lose at home because we had become strong, not statistically, it was our battle. You are part of a group when you win and when you lose; We make mistakes, me for choosing the starting eleven and the players who should take charge of the situation, said a disappointed Lillini.
Ignacio Ambriz, Leon’s helmsman, assured that there is no pressure given the lukewarm start to the tournament.
The press is desperate with the notes they get, the team is going to catch the level of recent years, all the games are very strong, this gives us to work in a different environment.