La Franja took advantage of their position as a first division team and was relentless on the pitch. The goals came throughout the game with the first landing in the 20th minute from Felix Borja, Segundo Castillo at the 36th, Luis Noriega at the 44th, and Matias Alustiza in the 77th.
The visiting team held their ground for the first minutes of the game. However, Borja brought their world to close when he scored the first goal. The Ecuadorian took the ball into the area and sent it on a cross to the far post to give Puebla the 1-0 lead.
Borja’s countryman Castillo doubled the lead a few minutes later as the visiting squad began to fall behind on the scoreboard.
Noriega stole a ball at midfield and passed to Borja who took the sphere down field into the Celaya penalty area. He passed the ball back to Noriega who shot into an open net for the 3-0. Puebla went to the break with a commanding lead.
The game got heated five minutes into the second half. Celaya defender Abraham Riestra was sent off with a red card after taking Alustiza down inches from the penalty area. Puebla had dominated the game up to that point, and took full control once the Toros were left with 10 men on the pitch.
Alustiza would mark the final goal of the game in the 77th minute. The Argentine took a shot to the keeper’s left sealing the game 4-0.
Puebla takes over the group with a +4 goal differential. Merida FC comes in second after their 1-0 win over Pumas UNAM. Merida is currently in second with +1, Pumas are in third with a -1, and Celaya pulls up the rear with a -4. Puebla will travel to Celaya to play the return leg on Jan. 23, 2013.