Pumas UNAM remained perfect at home this season with a 1-0 win over Jaguares de Chiapas. The loss extends Jaguares’ winless streak to nine games and will keep them at the foot of the table for at least another week.
The universitarios looked the better team in the early going, although it took some time for them to start creating dangerous chances. In the 18th minute, Matías Britos had the first clear chance but his attempt went just wide.
Then, in the 30th minute, Pablo Barrera knocked on the door with a powerful shot from outside the box that kissed off the post. Liborio Sánchez was impressive in goal for Jaguares as he kept Pumas off the board in the first half, making several saves including one on a point-blank header from Gerardo Alcoba.
However, Pumas found the breakthrough just moments into the second half. Jesús Gallardo sent a cross in and Matías Britos finished it off 28 seconds after the restart to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Jaguares, with the worst goalscoring record in the league by far, never looked likely to find an equalizer. Pumas kept pressing forward as they looked to add an insurance goal or two and they came close through Abraham González in the 72nd minute.
However, with the lead Pumas relaxed the intensity a bit and a second goal was not in the offing.
With the 1-0 win, Pumas reach 20 points while Jaguares remain on six.
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera, Abraham González, Javier Cortés (Kevin Escamilla 83′), Jesús Gallardo, Fidel Martínez (Alejandro Castro 58′), Matías Britos (Eduardo Herrera 75′).
Jaguares: Liborio Sánchez, Brayan Angulo (William Paredes 38′), Luis Venegas, Bruno Pereira Pires, Félix Araujo, Juan Patiño, Dieter Villalpando, Egidio Arévalo, Alonso Escoboza (Jonathan Fabbro 59′), Luis Mendoza, Javier Orozco (Vanderley Dias 64′).