Pumas UNAM earned a comfortable 0-3 away win over nine-man Puebla to lock up a spot in the Liguilla. Puebla was already eliminated from playoff contention, and they end their season with a four-game home winless streak.
Pumas knew they needed to win this game to reach the playoffs, and they came out attacking from the opening moment. The first half was hard-fought but goalless, although the sending off of Patricio Araujo just before halftime seemed to tilt the game further in UNAM’s favor.
In the second half, the floodgates opened for Pumas UNAM. In the 51st minute, halftime substitute Héctor Schmidt was called for a foul on Fidel Martínez inside the box, and Pablo Barrera converted the ensuing penalty kick to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
With their numerical disadvantage, Puebla didn’t look likely to find an equalizer. Instead, in the 62nd minute, Matías Britos made it 0-2 when he knocked home a low cross to put Pumas firmly in control of the match.
Soon afterwards, the night got even worse for Puebla as Francisco Torres was sent off for a foul on Martínez, leaving the hosts to see out the final twenty minutes with just nine men.
In the 80th minute, Barrera scored his second goal of the night to make it 0-3 and end all chances of a late Puebla comeback.
With the 0-3 win, Pumas reach 27 points while Puebla remains on 20.
Puebla: Cristian Campestrini, Carlos Orrantía, Édgar Dueñas, Patricio Araujo, Óscar Rojas, Francisco Torres, Pablo Míguez, David Toledo (Matías Alustiza 65′), Damián Escudero, Álvaro Navarro (Carlos Gutiérrez 74′), Jerónimo Amione (Héctor Schmidt 46′).
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Josécarlos van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera, Kevin Escamilla, Alejandro Castro (Santiago Palacios 62′), Jesús Gallardo, Fidel Martínez (Saúl Berjón 79′), Matías Britos (Eduardo Herrera 76′).