Monarcas Morelia put their destiny in their own hands with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Pumas UNAM. The victory lifts Morelia above Jaguares in the relegation standings and means La Monarquía control their own fate going into the final game of the season.
The pressure looked to be weighing on Morelia early, with Pumas having the better of the run of play. But in the 20th minute, the hosts pounced on an error to take the lead. Alfredo Saldívar didn’t deal well with a back-pass from Abraham González, and Aldo Rocha was there to steal the ball. Saldívar fouled him, and Morelia had a penalty.
Raúl Ruidíaz stepped up to take the spot kick, and he beat Saldívar to make it 1-0 for Morelia.
The goal took some of the pressure off the hosts, who began to play with more confidence, although it wasn’t until the second half that the game really came to life.
Morelia nearly made it 2-0 just moments after the game resumed, only to have the would-be goal disallowed for offside. Nevertheless, in the 48th minute, Andy Polo put the ball into the net again and that time it counted.
Almost immediately after that, Gastón Lezcano hit the crossbar as Morelia continued to pour on the pressure.
In the 78th minute, Rodolfo Vilchis played in a great ball for Ruidíaz, who brought it down on his chest and fired past Saldívar to make it 3-0 and definitively put the game to bed.
The Peruvian then finished off his hat-trick in the 85th minute to put the cherry on top of the win with Morelia’s fourth goal.
With the 4-0 win, Morelia reaches 21 points while Pumas still have 18.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Enrique Pérez, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Rodrigo Millar, Jefferson Cuero, Aldo Rocha, Andy Polo (Rodolfo Vilchis 77′), Gastón Lezcano (Diego Valdés 62′), Raúl Ruidíaz (Jorge Zárate 88′).
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Gerardo Alcoba, Pablo Jáquez, Alan Mendoza (Santiago Palacios 80′), Josécarlos van Rankin, Abraham González, Javier Cortés, Bryan Rabello, Jesús Gallardo, Omar Islas, Matías Britos.