Argentinian striker Daniel Ludueña had what could probably be one of the greatest nights of this tournament, as he scored a brace while visiting cross-town bitter rivals Aguilas of America at the Azteca Stadium on week 8 of the Clausura 2014 Liga MX tournament, where UNAM Pumas won 3-1 against the Apertura 2013 runners-up in this edition of the prestigious Mexico City Derby
Club Aguilas of America kicked off the match aggressively with Osvaldo Martinez missing two outside the box shots in the first three minutes of the match, but it would be Daniel Ludueña who left footed a ball by Javier Cortes from the center of the penalty box to convert the first goal of the match and put Pumas ahead, only seven minutes into the match.
Layun and Medina started to conduct America's attack in the following minutes after the goal really sank in into the minds of the home team. Both players went wide with their outside the box shots, forcing the Aguilas to look for a way to enter Pumas penalty box in order to get a clearer shot at Alejandro Palacios' net.
America got an answer to their prayers in the 25th minute when a defensive mistake left 2 America players unmarked, inside the penalty box with only Palacios in front. Luis Gabriel Rey headed a pass towards Raul Jimenez from a field rebound after a free-kick that was taken a few yards outside Pumas penalty box. The Mexican international striker caught the ball with ease and shot past Palacios to equalize the match, much to the delight of the Estadio Azteca fans.
Martinez continued to look for his goal during the next minutes of the first half, but the Paraguayan just couldn't hit the target. The Pumas keeper became an important figure for the 'Universitarios' because of some amazing saves during the first half. Palacios managed to stop America's attempts to create a gap in the score, when he took the upper hand in face-to-face confrontations against Luis Gabriel Rey and Raul Jimenez.
Miguel Layun could have put America on top in the final minute of the first half, when he found a ball in the left flank of the penalty box from Raul Jimenez, but his shot went above the right post, a play that could have made a big difference inside the Azteca dressing rooms atmosphere during the halftime rest.
America played their hearts out during the second half to find a goal, but the home team suffered a huge setback in the first three minutes of the second half when under performing defender Francisco Javier Rodriguez received a straight red card for fighting inside Pumas penalty box while waiting for a corner kick. Apparently Marco Palacios, Pumas goalkeeper twin brother, pushed the Mexican international over the edge and the short tempered Mazatlan native couldn't handle it even to save his team from over 40 minutes of 10-men play,
This event would mark the downfall of the home team, and by minute 67,
Daniel Ludueña would get his brace from an amazing mid-distance free kick, that found Muñoz's top right corner. And with only 9 minutes left in the clock Pablo Daniel Ramirez Monroy finished the game when he took advantage of a defensive mistake by recovering the ball in the danger zone and flanked Muñoz from the left to make it 3-1 for Pumas.
The visitors could have widened their gap even further, but
Jose Van Rankin was off target, but the result gives UNAM three very valuable away points in their 4th victory in 5 games. After defeating the current champions Leon two weeks ago and now the runners-up this Saturday, it's safe to say that Pumas, who now sit on third place of the table with 14 points, two above America, can now be considered as title contenders for this tournament.