Santos Laguna remained rooted to the bottom of the table after suffering a 3-4 loss to Pumas UNAM on Friday night, their fourth home loss of the season. The universitarios, meanwhile, have jumped into first place pending the rest of this weekend’s results.
The game started off promisingly for Santos, who took the lead in just the 9th minute through Javier Orozco following a corner kick. But Pumas wasn’t rattled by falling behind early on, and they soon found the equalizer following a corner kick of their own. In the 27th minute, Matías Britos headed the ball past Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-1.
Santos reacted almost immediately. In the 29th minute, Andrés Rentería finished off the rebound from a blocked Javier Orozco shot to restore the Laguneros’ lead. The flood of goals didn’t end there: in the 31st, Pumas UNAM equalized once again.
Pumas sent a long free kick into the box that Santos was unable to clear. Eduardo Herrera didn’t make great contact with it, but it was enough to beat Marchesín and make the score 2-2.
Then, just moments before halftime, the visitors took the lead for the first time tonight. Ismael Sosa sent the ball into the box and Fidel Martínez headed it home to give Pumas the 2-3 lead.
Santos threw numbers forward in the second half and they managed to equalize in the 64th after Alejandro “Pikolín” Palacios came off his line badly, clearing the ball only as far as the six-yard box, and Néstor Araujo was there to make it 3-3.
Ismael Sosa would definitively restore Pumas’s lead in the 77th minute, however, after he sent a low shot past an onrushing Marchesín to make it 3-4.
Pumas spent the final stretch of the game trying to slow things down, as Santos had taken possession of the ball and was desperate to at least earn a draw.
A head injury to Gerardo Alcoba and an injury to Palacios that led to substitute goalkeeper Alfredo Saldívar entering the match interrupted the flow of the game, however, and Santos couldn’t do anything with their possession.
With the 3-4 win, Pumas reach 15 points while Santos remains on four.
Santos: Agustín Marchesín, José Javier Abella, Néstor Araujo, Carlos Izquierdoz, Adrián Aldrete (César Ibáñez 41′), Diego Hernán González (Sergio Ceballos 69′), Jesús Molina, Andrés Rentería, Néstor Calderón, Djaniny Tavares, Javier Orozco (Luis Mendoza 78′).
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios (Alfredo Saldívar 86′), Josécarlos Van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Javier Cortés, Alejandro Castro, Ismael Sosa, Matías Britos (Silvio Torales 89′), Fidel Martínez (Daniel Ludueña 68′), Eduardo Herrera.