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In a vital match to get out of the lower middle part of the 2023 Clausura Tournament classification of Liga MX, Cruz Azul defeated Pumas de la UNAM by a minimum at the Azteca Stadium. The commitment became unappetizing and those led by Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti lined up two lines of four looking to do damage with balls into space on the wings. The feline group opted for a defensive strategy to counteract the attacks of the ‘Cement Machine’.
Uriel Antuna was one of the most active players and had the game in his hands at minute 7 and 74. In the early stages of the match a ball crossed from the right was recentered to the penalty mark and the winger missed it with the front bow.
The duel enjoyed a couple more actions in the first half and ended with parity on the scoreboard. For the second half, the blue team came out to press and had clear chances from set pieces. Now with the actions revolutionized and with the teams playing hit by hit, Antuna blew up a clear chance 15 minutes from the end.
In the 83rd minute, the Uruguayan Ignacio Rivero reached the bottom line from the right and executed a cross to the far post that was finished off with a sublime volley from Jesús Escoboza.
They say that the need is pressing and it was just after the goal when Pumas de la UNAM decided to go on the attack with all their elements. The cats enjoyed a couple of opportunities, but could not make the comeback.
Rafa Puente’s men have only been able to win one of their last 18 away games. They accumulate 10 defeats and six draws. With this new fall they are established in position 14 with 11 points. For their part, those of ‘Tuca’ Ferretti climbed the table and placed eighth with 13 units.
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