Pumas UNAM remained perfect at home this season with a comprehensive 5-3 victory against Monterrey. A first-half hat-trick by Matías Britos put the game out of reach for the Rayados, who saw their two-game winning streak brought to an abrupt halt.
Britos gave the universitarios the lead in the 15th minute, when he finished off a cross from Javier Cortés with a diving header to make it 1-0.
He scored again just three minutes later to stun Monterrey. Fidel Martínez sent a cross in from the left, Hiram Mier failed to clear it, and Britos finished it off from within the six-yard box to make it 2-0.
Monterrey struggled to respond to the sudden deficit and Pumas scored again in the 25th. Pablo Barrera took the ball into the box and sent his shot through Alexander Domínguez at the near post to make it 3-0.
Britos then finished off his hat-trick in the 31st minute with an assist from Jesús Gallardo to put the game firmly out of Monterrey’s reach with an hour still to play.
To their credit, the Rayados tried to make a game of it even down 4-0, and they were able to get on the board before halftime. In the 38th minute, José María Basanta collected a rebound off the crossbar and found César Montes, who made it 4-1.
Monterrey made two halftime subs as they looked to get back into the game, and Carlos Sánchez reduced the deficit to two goals in the 54th minute after receiving the ball in the box.
But Pumas stretched the lead out again in the 60th minute, with Jesús Gallardo getting free on the left, driving into the box, and scoring at the near post to make it 5-2.
A stoppage-time goal by Dorlan Pabón made the scoreline slightly more respectable for the visitors, but didn’t ultimately affect the outcome of the match.
With the 5-3 win, Pumas reach 11 points while Monterrey remains on eight.
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Darío Verón, Alejandro Castro, Luis Fuentes, Jesús Gallardo (Kevin Escamilla 70′), Javier Cortés, Pablo Barrera (Saúl Berjón 81′), Fidel Martínez, Abraham González, Matías Britos (Eduardo Herrera 75′).
Monterrey: Alexander Domínguez, Iván Piris, César Montes, José María Basanta, Walter Ayoví, Hiram Mier (Arturo González 46′), Walter Gargano, Edwin Cardona (Yimmi Chara 46′), Carlos Sánchez, Rogelio Funes Mori (Efraín Juárez 83′), Dorlan Pabón.