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10-man Morelia holds Leon

Leon and Morelia played to a scoreless draw.
Leon and Morelia played to a scoreless draw.

Monarcas Morelia and Leon FC played a game full of action at the Morelos Stadium in Friday’s only game of week 5 action in the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. Both teams played an attacking game and had plenty of runs on the other’s net, however, the result was a 0-0 after 90 minutes of play.

For Morelia, the game was Eduardo “Yayo” de La Torre’s debut as coach for the purepechas. After last week’s loss to Tijuana, Monarcas had a better outing generating more plays. Ecuadorian Duvier Riascos was very active on attack but lacking in the final shot. In the 20th minute De la Torre made his first substitution as he had to remove Panamanian Felipe Baloy due to injury. The home-side strikers had plenty of shots, but were not on target in the final quarter of the field.

As for Leon, La Fiera played a good game but is having troubles concreting their plays. The current champion is going through a bad spell reaching 5 points of a possible 15 they have competed for in the last five games.

The other set-back for the panzas verdes is that three of their players were active in Wednesday’s Mexican national team game against South Korea in San Antonio. Coach Gustavo Matosas opted to bench Rafa Marquez for this encounter. Carlos “Gulit” Peña and Luis Montes were on the pitch for this game, they also participated in Wednesday’s game.

With a forced substitution from early on, De la Torre had to adjust his pieces once more in the 70th minute when midfielder Jorge Zarate was sent off with a direct red card after a hard tackle. The game intensified in the final 20 minutes as Leon increased their attack. Goalkeeper Carlos Rodriguez rose to the occasion stopping everything that La Fiera sent at him to preserve the 0-0.

Morelia returns to action quickly as they travel to Colombia to take on Independiente de Santa Fe in the away game of the Copa Libertadores playoff. On Saturday they travel to Guadalajara to face Atlas FC. Leon will host Pumas UNAM at the Nou Camp before hosting Brazil’s Flamengo on Feb. 12, 2014 in Copa Libertadores group action.

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