Pumas UNAM vs América – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

pumas americaIn the Clausura 2016 edition of the Clásico Capitalino, Pumas UNAM and América shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. The result sets up another clásico in the playoffs with América – who is now winless in four – set to face Chivas de Guadalajara. Pumas, who did not qualify for the Liguilla, will now turn their full attention to the Copa Libertadores, where they are in the quarterfinals.

In a hard-fought game with a lot of fouls, clear-cut chances didn’t begin to arrive until past the half-hour mark. In the 37th minute, Paul Aguilar nearly gave América the lead, but Darío Verón was able to clear the ball off the line to keep the game goalless. 

But five minutes later, Aguilar wouldn’t be denied as he headed home a corner kick to make it 0-1 in the 42nd minute.

In the second half, Pumas looked for an equalizer. Luis Quiñones had a good opportunity in the 59th minute, but he couldn’t find the target despite going one-on-one with Hugo González.

In the 68th minute, a foul by Paolo Goltz on Eduardo Herrera gave the universitarios the chance to tie the game from the penalty spot. Herrera is Pumas’ designated penalty taker, but since he had to leave the field after receiving medical attention, Ismael Sosa stepped up in his place. Sosa’s PK was easily saved by González, and América maintained the lead.

But in the 84th minute, Matías Britos got his head to a free kick and although González got his hands to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out. Pumas leveled the match 1-1.

In the final minutes of the game, América was reduced to 10 men after Miguel Ángel Samudio was shown a straight red after a run-in with Javier Cortés.

With the 1-1 draw, Pumas reach 22 points while América reaches 29.

Highlights

Lineups

Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Ismael Sosa, David Cabrera (Javier Cortés 46′), José Ruíz, Matías Britos, Dante López (Luis Quiñones 46′), Eduardo Herrera (Fidel Martínez 80′).

América: Hugo González, Paul Aguilar, Erik Pimentel, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Osvaldo Martínez, William da Silva, José Daniel Guerrero (Andrés Andrade 34′), Michael Arroyo, Darío Benedetto (Carlos Darwin Quintero 62′), Oribe Peralta (Osmar Mares 82′). 

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