Necaxa twice took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Pumas UNAM. The Rayos scored for the first time in the Apertura, but they were unable to translate that into their first win. As for Pumas, the draw keeps the universitarios unbeaten this season.
Necaxa started the game off better and Mario de Luna found the first good chance in the 9th minute, when he jumped highest to head a corner kick on goal; but Alejandro Palacios was there to make the save.
The Rayos opened the scoring with another set piece in the 27th minute. A foul by Javier Cortés on Alejandro Díaz gave Necaxa a penalty kick, and “Pikolín” was beaten from the spot for the first time this season as Edson Puch sent the PK straight down the middle.
However, Pumas equalized ten minutes later as Eduardo Herrera headed a cross past a helpless Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-1 in the 37th.
Necaxa came within inches of retaking the lead before halftime, but De Luna was denied by the post; however, they reclaimed the advantage minutes after the match resumed, with Marcos González heading home a corner kick to make it 2-1 in the 50th minute.
Necaxa then settled in to protect their lead, keeping possession and forcing Pumas to chase the game. The visitors conserved their energy, waited for the opportunities, and then struck in the 85th minute, when Fidel Martínez sent a good ball in for Pablo Barrera, who volleyed it past the keeper to make it 2-2.
With so little time remaining, neither team was able to find a winner, although Pumas will be the happier with the point.
With the 2-2 draw, Necaxa reaches three points while Pumas reach eight.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Erik Vera, Severo Meza, Alejandro Díaz (Fabián Espíndola 71′), Xavier Báez (Diego Riolfo 88′), Edson Puch, Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Clausio Riaño (Jesús Isijara 56′).
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Alejandro Castro (Luis Quintana 76′), Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera, Javier Cortés, Matías Britos, Abraham González, Jesús Gallardo (Fidel Martínez 53′), Eduardo Herrera (Saúl Berjón 67′).