Sinaloa.- Bad and bad. Mazatlán FC could not against León and was defeated 2-1 in the debut of its new coach, Gabriel Caballero, on a night where the Kraken responded with a whistle at the end. The meeting closed the hostilities on date 11 of the Liga MX Closing Tournament 2022.
Cañoneros and ‘Fieras’ took to the pitch without hesitation, with the locals trying to get hold of the ball, while the visitors charged their offense to play on the wing with Jan Meneses and Ángel Mena.
At minute 15, León had the first when Meneses hung a low, dangerous cross that Santi Ormeño missed, while at 19′, Eduard Bello took a free kick that went very close to the rival’s goal.
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León would find their reward after 40 minutes, when Meneses drew a long pass that Andrés Mosquera crossed first, so that Santiago Colombatto arrived with his left leg and perforated the net for 1-0.
The thing would not end there, because at 44′ Leon would score again, this time with a pass from Fidel Ambriz to Víctor Dávila. The Chilean shot from below for Vikonis to save, and Ormeño came on the rebound for the momentary 2-0.
Just before the end of the first half, Nicolás Benedetti shot from outside the area and the ball skimmed the post.
By the second half, the Cañoneros came out in search of the goal that would put them in the game, and in the 52nd minute, Bello tried again with a shot down the center that Cota saved. Immediately afterwards, the assistant referee annulled a goal against León due to an offside by Ángel Mena, which calmed the Kraken stadium.
The Mazatlan fans vibrated at minute 56′when Roberto Meraz entered the area, received the ball and crossed to Cota for the gunshot discount, and the 2-1 that gave hope.
Immediately, León wanted to give the blow, and in a carom play in the area, they put Vikonis to the test, who responded with two good saves. Captain Néstor Vidrio warned with a header at 69′ that passed very close.
From there, the actions moved to the midfield with both teams fighting for the ball, and Mazatlán moved the bench with changes to the offensive.
In the 87th minute, one of the most dangerous came when Benedetti headed alone from the left in front of the goalkeeper, but his lobbed shot did not go down and he lost the opportunity.
One more would have the cannoneers in the head of Miguel Sansores, but he could not give the ball goal direction.
The scoreboard did not move any more and the ‘Fiera’ took three valuable points from the Kraken, while Gabriel Caballero’s debut was not what was expected when he lost at home.
New challenge around the corner
After adding their seventh defeat in the competition, Mazatlán FC will have to raise their heads on the following day when they visit Atlético San Luis in action on date 12.
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The Lion took the caste after being eliminated in the Concachampions and will receive Querétaro after the FIFA date at home.
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