In this preseason the work of young people in Cruz Azul has been fundamental in the face of casualties and the requirement of preparation with the Cup for Mexico as a friendly tournament; La Máquina came from behind Pumas and claimed the 2-1 victory thanks to the goals of Carlos Rotondi and the youth squad Rodrigo Cruz.
As happened on Monday against Necaxa at the start of the tournament, Raúl Gutiérrez gave his youth players a chancealthough this time they were supported by experienced players when counting on the returns of Charly Rodríguez, Uriel Antuna, Carlos Rotondi and Ramiro Funes Mori in the countryside.
For his part, Rafael Puente Jr.’s team looked good in the first half and in the plugin it seemed not to be found with a style of play. And it is that the changes benefited the cats little, although they had some flashes with a post from Higor Meritao and one more from Del Petre that only moved the fans who gathered at the Olympic Stadium.
Just started the game and Uriel Antuna missed the first. The national team arrived at the area and defined before the early departure of Julio Gonzálezthe ball pumped, but behind Arturo “Palermo” Ortiz rejected it and handed it back to the sky blue who had a second attempt to finish and now the feline goalkeeper managed to deflect.
10 minutes on the scoreboard and Del Prete scored the first and only goal for the cats. The auriazul player beat Rafael Guerrero in the race and scored, who also slipped and gave Del Prete the opportunity to shoot and defeat deep down Jesus Crown.
Party of changes in the second half
The changes came in the second half. Andrés Gudiño, Jorge García, Rodrigo Huescas, Juan Escobar and Cristian Jiménez entered and Jesús Corona, Joaquín Martínez, Uriel Antuna, Charly Rodríguez and Julio Domínguez left.
With a few different men on the field, the Machine went on the attack and Carlos Rotondi signed the impetus that the cement growers they permeated the game. The Argentine took advantage of a fatal error by Gil Alcaláthe goalkeeper handed him the ball in a goal kick and from three quarters of the field the cementer received and shot directly at the goal to leave it inside.
The somersault was culminated for the Machine. Rodrigo Cruz put the finishing touch to his debut with the sky-blues and scored the 2-1. The youth squad player received a cross from Jorge García from the right wing and, under pressure from Ricardo Galindo and Nicolás Freire, received and finished.
La Máquina settled in first place in Group A with four points, waiting for what América and Toluca do in their second game in this Group Phase. While the cats fall to the bottom due to the goal difference.