The universitarios took control of the game from the opening whistle and it took them just 14 minutes to open the scoring. Lucas Zelarayán received the ball in the attacking third, cut inside, and sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0 for Tigres.
Puebla was unable to react after falling behind, and Tigres kept the pressure on Fabián Villaseñor’s goal. In the 24th minute, Enner Valencia – in his return to Liga MX and his debut with Tigres – made it 2-0 with his low shot from inside the box.
Five minutes later, Juninho finished off a corner kick to give Tigres the 3-0 lead and put the game completley out of reach for an overmatched Puebla side.
But the onslaught continued in the second half. Valencia finished off his hat-trick with two goals in a three-minute span, the first coming in the 55th minute after Villaseñor gave up a rebound, and the second in the 58th when André-Pierre Gignac played a low cross across the six-yard box for the Ecuadorian.
Down 5-0, there was no hope of a comeback for Puebla, although the visitors did generate a few chances as they looked for a consolation goal. They were ultimately unable to get past Nahuel Guzmán, though, and their night ended ignominiously when Pablo Míguez received a straight red card in the 90th minute.
With the 5-0 win, Tigres reach three points while Puebla still has zero.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Javier Aquino, Israel Jiménez (Raúl Torres 71′), Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Francisco Meza, Jürgen Damm (Alberto Acosta 77′), Lucas Zelarayán, André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia (Damián Álvarez 81′), Eduardo Vargas.
Puebla: Fabián Villaseñor, Luis Venegas, Patricio Araujo (Óscar Rojas 52′), Brayan Angulo, José Daniel Guerrero, David Toledo, Francisco Acuña, Jonás Aguirre (Pablo Cáceras 60′), Pablo Míguez, Álvaro Navarro (Gabriel Esparza 54′), Félix Micolta.