The ultimate #LigaMX moment:
(1) defender tackles the player who doesn’t have the ball
(2) player falls on the ball and maybe handles it
(3) the other defenders, more focused on the maybe handball, run right past the attacker who is dribbling on goal.
— Bryan Rice (@bricey16) April 21, 2019
Puebla defender José Ignacio Pallas tackled the wrong opposition player during Saturday’s Liga MX Clausura match against Guadalajara.
Sliding in on the edge of the area, the Uruguayan brings down attacking right-back José Van Rankin, on loan from Pumas UNAM.
Liga MX: Fin de partido, Guadalajara 1 – 3 Puebla. https://t.co/mfiANvCArO
— CANCHA (@reformacancha) April 21, 2019
This is despite the fact that the man who’s actually in possession of the ball is attacking midfielder Javier Eduardo López.
To make matters worse, other Puebla defenders try to claim a hand ball on Van Rankin’s part and run straight past López in order to appeal to the referee.
Cerrando la jornada sabatina con la victoria de visitante del Puebla ante Guadalajara. Con este resultado las Chivas llegan a 4 torneos sin clasificar de manera consecutiva. pic.twitter.com/5IaCsLmAV4
— Alfredo Flores 🇲🇽 (@AlfredoFM77) April 21, 2019
This appears to gift López a clear run at goal, although we don’t see the result of that in this clip.
As bad as this shambolic display of defending looks, Puebla did in fact run out 3-1 winners at the Estadio Akron.