Pumas UNAM remained unbeaten at home this season with a 1-1 draw with Pachuca. The result does, however, end the universitarios’ three-game winning streak, while the Tuzos remain unbeaten in two but winless in three.
The first half had few chances of note at either end, with neither team able to control the game or dictate the pace. Play bogged down in midfield and goalkeepers Alfredo Saldívar and Alfonso Blanco had little to do.
Then, just as it seemed like the game would remain goalless going into halftime, Pumas took the lead. From a corner kick, Darío Verón put his header on goal; Blanco was there to make the initial save, but Verón finished off the rebound to make it 1-0 in the 44th minute.
The pace picked up in the second half as Pachuca looked for an equalizer. It seemed like they would find one in the 67th minute, when Jesús Gallardo was called for a handball in the box. Franco Jara stepped up to take the penalty kick, but Saldívar saved it to keep Pumas in front.
However, Pachuca did manage to tie the game late on. In the 85th minute, the Tuzos won a free kick and Óscar Murillo headed it home to level the game 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Pumas reach 10 points while Pachuca reaches eight.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Darío Verón, Gerardo Alcoba, Alan Mendoza, Abraham González, Javier Cortés, Kevin Escamilla (Omar Islas 57′), Bryan Rabello, Jesús Gallardo (Alejandro Castro 90′), Nicolás Castillo (Santiago Palacios 85′).
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Erick Gutiérrez, Víctor Guzmán (Braian Rodríguez 71′), Jorge Hernández (Roberto Alvarado 85′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Franco Jara (Sergio Vergara 74′), Hirving Lozano.