Pumas UNAM get their first victory in the fourth week of the Clausura 2014 season of the Liga Bancomer MX. Pumas defeated Tigres UANL, who remain winless and at the bottom of the league table with one point in four matches.
Tigres started with intent at home and controlled the beginning of the game. The left side of the field was working well for Tigres and it gave them their first couple of opportunities, making the few first minutes a big worry for Pumas.
It seemed like it was a matter of time before Tigres took advantage. In the 10th minute, a ball through the defense ended up as a corner kick, Tigres took a short corner, then sent it to the second post where Pizarro was unmarked and came with a header to put the ball into the net to give the home side the 1-0 lead. This was Tigres' first goal of the new season.
Tigres had control of the game and Martin Bravo was the only player that stood up for Pumas, even trying a bicycle kick. Minutes later he ended up face to face against the goalkeeper Matute, who tried to stop him and ended up seeing the ball pass above him.
In the 17th minute, Lucas Lobos took a shot that hit the post and made Pumas worry. Tigres fans were all over the place jumping and supporting the home team, waiting for their victory after their first goal of the tournament.
In the 24th minute the first yellow card popped up for David Cabrera, who went out with a knee injury as a result of the foul. Leandro Augusto took his place.
In the 37th minute, Jose Arturo Rivas received a red card after he gave an elbow hit to Marco Antonio "Picolin" Palacios' face. This happened after a clear shot that Lucas Lobos took; the goal keeper sent it to a corner kick.
Ricardo "Tuca" Ferreti took out Edgar Pacheco and the sent in United States Men's National Team member Jose "Gringo" Torres.
After a penalty shot in the 64th minute, Martin Bravo scored a goal leaving the score tied one all. Pumas took advantage of having one more player on the field, and in the 84th minute Martin Bravo didn't hesitate and turned one chance into a goal.
The game ended 2-1 in favor of Pumas UNAM, with Tigres fighting until the end but unable to find an equalizer. Pumas obtained their first victory and wait for more to come.
For 90 minutes the Pumas UNAM faithful cheered their team on as they looked to open the season at home with a victory for the first time in four seasons. A loss of concentration in the second half gave Puebla FC the confidence they needed to take home the point. Pumas tied 2-2 with Puebla on the grounds of the Olimpico Universitario Stadium in Mexico City to spoil their home opener in the Clausura 2014 of Liga MX.
Pumas began the game with an aggressive style going after Puebla from the beginning. Martin Bravo was very active fighting for possession of the ball as the Universitarios hit the pitch looking to start the season off with a victory. The game was one-sided in the first 45 minutes as the Mexico City squad controlled all aspects of the game.
It took 19 minutes for the goal to hit the nets at the Olimpico Universitario. Argentine Martin Bravo, a virtual tank on the pitch, took the ball into the 'camoteros' area. He could not be stopped so the defender took him down inside the box. The referee awarded a penalty kick and Bravo took the shot from the spot beating goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando for the 1-0.
Pumas continued to apply pressure on the visitors during the first half. Jose Luis Trejo’s team pushed forward with Bravo leading the attack. In the 39th minute the Argentine began a play just outside the half-moon. The ball rebounded off three Pumas players before landing back in front of Bravo. Bravo hit the ball into the net for the 2-0.
The home-side kept majority control of the ball before half time. The second half was a completely different game for Pumas. The felines gave up control of the ball allowing Puebla to reach goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios’ net with ease. U.S. international DaMarcus Beasley was a constant threat on the Pumas defense.
The game fell apart for Pumas in the final three minutes when Matias Alustiza quickly recovered a bad pass from the Pumas defense. He chipped the ball over Palacios who was off his line. The ball ended in the net for the 2-1 in the 90th minute with three minutes of compensation to play.
Pumas was on the verge of winning their first season opener since the Apertura 2011, all they had to do was guard the ball in compensation time. But Puebla was inspired after the goal. They had been in control of the game for the last 45 minutes and wanted to make their effort worth it.
Alustiza received a pass in the area and was challenged by Palacios. But the keeper took the Argentine down inches into the penalty area. The referee awarded the kick once more. Uruguayan Carlos Sanchez took the shot beating Palacios for the final 2-2 tie.
Pumas will travel to La Corregidora stadium to face Queretaro FC in week 2. Puebla will host CF Monterrey.