A midweek clash between Atlético San Luis and Morelia produced two goals, but many more talking points. The game ended in a 1-1 draw but the big story was that four players were red carded.
San Luis midfielder Noé Maya was red carded in the first minute of the game. Referee Marco Antonio Ortiz wasted no time in sending the Atlético veteran for an early shower.
Tactical adjustments were required and San Luis manager Alfonso Sosa dropped striker Ian González back a little deeper and push his midfield general Camilo Mayada out on the left flank.
The moves seemed to pay immediate dividends, judging by the run of play it felt like Morelia was a man down and not the home side. Atlético’s solid structure and counter-attacking setup was rewarded five minutes before the break when Morelia keeper Carlos Sosa spilled a shot right into the path of onrushing Nico Ibañez. The Argentine hitman produced a superman-esque diving header attempt that bulleted into the net.
VALIANT SAN LUIS KEEP THEIR COOL
The second half could not have started better for the home side. Only two minutes into the second frame referee Ortiz awarded a penalty for a foul against Ian Gonzalez. It was a rather soft call. The only thing softer was the shot attempt by Nico Ibañez, who left keeper Sosa with very little to do; his easy save kept Morelia in the game. Consequently, a dream start to the second half was not to be for San Luis as they would have to work hard to maintain their lead.
Two more reds were handed out in minute 55. This time Morelia’s Adrian Lezcano and Atletico’s Jorge Sanchez were rightly sent packing for two extremely cynical challenges. Both players will have nothing to complain about as they were equally at fault.
San Luis played a compact game in the center of the pitch and frustrated the visitors, who looked bereft of creativity or any sort of cutting edge in the attacking third. However, just when it looked like Atlético’s heroic defensive efforts would see them earn all three points playing with one less man, Sebastian Vegas popped up to tuck in a rebound and tie the game.
Five minutes of injury time did not see any serious goal threats by either team. A fourth red card was brandished by busy whistler Ortiz just before the game came to its conclusion. This time the culprit was Morelia’s Aldo Rocha. And why not? The game finished tied 1-1 on the scoreboard and 2-2 in red cards.
Man of the Match: Camilo Mayada