Sinaloa loses first match under Maradona in Mexican Second Division

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Oaxaca (Mexico), Sep 23 (IANS) The Oaxaca Alebrijes edged the Sinaloa Dorados 1-0 in Mexican Second-Division football action, handing the squad its first loss under Argentine legend Diego Armando Maradona.

Emilio Sanchez scored the match’s lone goal for Oaxaca in the 27th minute on Saturday, taking advantage of a Dorados squad that seemed to be out of synch, reports Efe.

Manager Ricardo Rayas’s Alebrijes dominated the middle of the field in the first half, controlling the ball against the Dorados.

Sanchez scored off a pass from Edgar Alafitta, catching the Sinaloa goalkeeper out of position.

On Wednesday, Sinaloa will play Queretaro in the Copa MX round of 16 and will take on the Leones Negros on September 29.

On September 17, Ecuadorian Vinicio Angulo scored three goals in Sinaloa’s 4-1 blowout of Tapachula, making the club’s debut under Maradona a success.

Angulo scored in the 60th, 62nd and 76th minutes, and Jesus Esconoza put the nail in Tapachula’s coffin with another score in the 86th minute.

Some 12,000 fans turned out to watch the 57-year-old Maradona lead Sinaloa in the match, marking his arrival on the football scene in Mexico.

–IANS

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