Pumas UNAM snapped their season-long road winless streak with an emphatic 1-4 victory against 10-man Veracruz. The loss was a seventh consecutive one for the Tiburones Rojos, who now face the very real possibility of dropping into last place in the relegation standings by the end of the weekend.
After an early set-piece opportunity for Veracruz, all of the chances went UNAM’s way. After several attempts, the visitors opened the scoring in the 29th minute, when Abraham González converted a low cross from the top of the box.
Pumas soon had the chance to double their advantage from the penalty spot after Jehu Chiapas fouled Kevin Escamilla in the 35th minute. However, Darío Verón sent the PK into the post to keep it 0-1 going into halftime.
In the second half, Veracruz found the equalizer. In the 49th minute, Julio César Furch knocked the ball home at the near post to make it 1-1. The match was level for just three minutes, though, before Pumas retook the lead. In the 52nd minute, Fidel Martínez lifted the ball over the onrushing Pedro Gallese to make it 1-2.
The Tiburones continued to press in search of another equalizer, until Jesús Paganoni earned his second yellow card of the night for a foul on Jesús Gallardo in the 83rd minute, leaving Veracruz to see out the rest of the game with 10 men.
The numerical disadvantage put paid to their hopes of snatching a late equalizer, and instead Pumas ran away with the game in stoppage time.
In the 92nd minute, Luis Fernando Fuentes put the game away with his laser strike from about 30 yards out to make it 1-3; two minutes after that, Abraham González scored his second of the night to make it 1-4.
With the 1-4 victory, Pumas reach 23 points while Veracruz remains on nine.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Jesús Paganoni, Matías Cahais, Leobardo López, Óscar Vera, Daniel Villalva (Agustín Vuletich 72′), Gabriel Peñalba, Jehu Chiapas (Rodrigo Noya 56′), Juan Ángel Albín (Fernando Meneses 63′), Julio César Furch, Adrián Luna.
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Josécarlos van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera (Santiago Palacios 93′), Kevin Escamilla, Abraham González, Jesús Gallardo, Fidel Martínez (Alejandro Castro 84′), Matías Britos (Eduardo Herrera 72′).