There were not too many dangerous goalscoring opportunities in the first half, but the ones that did come came mainly for the visitors. León looked most likely to open the scoring in the 28th minute, after a penalty kick was awarded for a foul by Darío Verón on Germán Cano.
However, Alejandro Palacios dove to his left to make the save on Cano’s PK attempt. It was Pikolín’s second penalty save of the young season.
Just moments into the second half, Matías Britos came within inches of giving the universitarios the lead, only to be denied by the woodwork. Then it was León’s chance to fluff their lines again after Mauro Boselli was unable to finish off a perfectly-placed cross from Hernán Darío Burbano.
Finally, in the 81st minute, Javier Cortés gave Pumas the lead. He drove into the area, picked up the rebound from a sliding block, and fired past William Yarbrough to make it 1-0.
León was unable to find an equalizer in the scant time remaining as they suffered their second loss of the season. Pumas, meanwhile, remain perfect at home.
With the 1-0 win, Pumas reach seven points while León remains on one.
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Alejandro Castro, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera (Saúl Berjón 57′), Javier Cortés, Abraham González, Jesús Gallardo (Josécarlos van Rankin 84′), Matías Britos, Eduardo Herrera (Fidel Martínez 66′).
León: William Yarbrough, Carlos Guzmán, Juan González, Diego Novaretti, Guillermo Burdisso, Efraín Velarde, Christian Valdez, Aldo Rocha, Luis Montes (Juan Ezequiel Cuevas 77′), Elías Hernández (Hernán Darío Burbano 61′), Germán Cano (Mauro Boselli 61′).