FC Juarez Comeback Against Leones Negros is Good Enough For A Draw
Bravos de FC Juarez had to comeback to tie Leones Negros 1-1 at home Saturday night. FC Juarez now has just 2 out of 9 contested points after three games in this young 2016 Apertura Season in the Ascenso MX League.
The match was a close, tight, competitive game. Something that was expected as these are two of the best teams in Mexico's second division league. A first half saw about an equal number of scoring opportunities for both sides, and an equal number of very clear scoring opportunities not capitalized on.
In the second half, Bravos came out and played the best 10-15 minutes they played the entire match. They pinned back Leones Negros into their defensive one-third of the pitch and created half a dozen scoring opportunity to no avail. Eventually Leones Negros would settle in and continue to even out ball possession for the remainder of the match.
The goal for the visiting side came in the 82nd minute when Ismael Valadez got past a pair of Bravos defenders to put a strike past goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.
The advantage was short lived when less than two minutes later Bravos put away the equalizer when a medium distance pass from the left flank found the head of Felix Micolta for the equalizer.
After the match, both head coaches were not hesitant to declare that their team deserved the win and the 3 points that came with the victory. They each felt that their squad played better than their opponent. Being self-critical of their squads both Joel Sanchez (Leones Negros) & Sergio Orduna (Bravos) acknowledged that their sides failed to put the ball in the back of the net when clear scoring opportunities presented themselves.
This result places the team from the Borderland in 13th place in the general standing 6 places and 3 points out of the playoff zone.