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Puebla started off on the right foot in the InterLiga with a 4-1 win over Tigres.

Group B got underway for the Interliga with Puebla and Tigres. Tigres got things started early and looked to have the game in control but Puebla came back. La Franja scored four unanswered goals to win the game with a 4-1 score line.

Carlos “Pescadito” Ruiz made his U.S. return with a 2 goal performance for Puebla.

First Half

Puebla got things started in the 7th minute. Orlando Rincon drove down the right flank and crossed the ball over to Alvaro Gonzalez but the defense was able to block the attempt.

Although Puebla got started on the right foot it would be Tigres who would strike first.

Lucas Lobos crossed the ball into the heart of the Puebla area. Alvaro Ortiz tried to clear but his clearance fell to Itamar Batista, who scored easily. Tigres went ahead 1-0 after just 10 minutes of play.

Puebla did not die and continued with their attack.

Nicolas Olivera had a shot on goal in the 11th minute. Olivera tried his luck from long distance but Cirilo Saucedo was able to secure the ball with out any problems.

The warnings were not enough for Tigres as they conceded the goal in the 19th minute.

Rincon centered from the right and Gilberto Mora re-centered the ball with a header. Alvaro Gonzalez found the ball and fired it home. The game was tied at one a piece.

Tigres tried to get back into the game but could not get anything on target.

Puebla did not miss however, and made it 2-1 in the 31st minute. Once again Rincon made his presence felt with a good cross into the box. Sergio Amaury Ponce failed to clear the ball and Gonzalez got the ball, beat Saucedo and scored his second of the day.

Puebla got defensive after that as Tigres tried to tie the game. The clearest chance for Tigres came as the half was drawing to a close. Lucas lobos gave a great ball to a wide open Jesus Molina. Molina had a go but sent his shot into the stands.

Second Half

Tigres came out offensive for the second half but once again failed to hit the target.

Puebla started where they left off. Nicolas Olivera had a scorching shot in the 53rd minute. Saucedo had some trouble with the shot but was able to contain it in the end.

Puebla would get their third of the night from a fish that is no stranger in the American fields. Carlos Ruiz shot from outside the box and drilled it in the right side of the goal. “El Pescadito” sent Puebla ahead with a commanding 3-1 lead.

Tigres pressured up top but the Puebla defense responded well.

 The best shot for Tigres came in the 79th minute. After failing to score from short distances Gaston Fernandez tried it from outside the box. His shot had a lot behind it but Jorge Villalpando was able to make the save.

Puebla looked content with the score as Tigres drove the ball more and more.

Francisco “Kikin” Fonseca nearly had one in the 82nd minute. Fonseca had just the keeper in front of him but Villalpando cut off all the angles and suffocated the shot.

Puebla managed to put the game away in the 90th minute. Rincon sent the ball in. David Toledo could not clear the ball out and Ruiz took advantage.

The game ended in a 4-1 Puebla thrashing.

Sylvestre Adame,

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