Pumas UNAM earned a 1-0 win against Pachuca in their Apertura opener. Although the visitors ended up edging the universitarios slightly in terms of shots, shots on goal, and corners, the hosts were able to make their first-half goal stand up.
Pumas started the game well and they had several threatening chances early, with debutant Brian Figueroa looking dangerous along the left wing. Pachuca soon settled into the game, though, and by the 10th minute the Tuzos were creating chances of their own through Pablo López and Víctor Guzmán.
Then, in the 30th minute, Pumas won a free kick in a dangerous spot after a foul by Óscar Murillo. Nicolás Castillo sent his free kick into the upper corner with Óscar Pérez frozen on his line, giving UNAM the 1-0 lead with a golazo.
Pachuca threw numbers forward in the second half as they looked for a tying goal, but they could never quite finish their chances. There were several bad misses, with Germán Cano in particular whiffing on a dangerous cross, and Alfredo Saldívar made a few important saves to preserve his shutout.
In the end, the lone goal was enough to give Pumas their first victory of the season.
With the 1-0 win, Pumas reach three points while Pachuca still has zero.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Alan Mendoza, Luis Quintana (Pablo Jáquez 69′), Gerardo Alcoba, Abraham González, Néstor Calderón (Joffre Guerrón 77′), Brian Figueroa (Kevin Escamilla 74′), David Cabrera, Bryan Rabello, Nicolás Castillo.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Óscar Murillo, Robert Herrera, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez, Erick Aguirre (Edson Puch 61′), Pablo López, Víctor Guzmán, Ángelo Sagal (Erick Sánchez 69′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Germán Cano (Franco Jara 68′).