América vs Pumas UNAM – Jornada 3 Recap and Highlights

América earned their first home win of the season with a 2-1 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result is a second straight win for the Águilas, while the universitarios have now lost two in a row.

Pumas had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute, when Nicolás Castillo won the ball, got around his defenders, and took a shot that was just wide. Castillo came close again from a free kick, but Agustín Marchesín was there to deny him.

Despite those chances for the visitors, it was América who took the lead. In the 20th minute, Carlos Darwin Quintero sent a long ball into the box for Oribe Peralta, who shot past Alfredo Saldívar to make it 1-0 for the Águilas.

Pumas tied it up in the 33rd minute, however. Néstor Calderón got free on the right and sent the ball to Mauro Formica at the top of the box; he put the ball right on the head of Castillo, who made that chance count: 1-1.

Then, in first-half stoppage time, América won a penalty kick as Gerardo Alcoba was called for a handball in the box. Silvio Romero stepped up to take the spot kick and he chipped it down the center. Saldívar, who had started to dive to his right, was able to scramble back and palm the ball away to maintain the 1-1 draw.

In the second half, both teams pressed for a winning goal. Castillo continued to look dangerous for Pumas, as did Calderón, who forced a good save out of Marchesín in the 63rd minute.

For América, Oribe Peralta had a headed attempt in the 76th minute, before the Águilas earned a second penalty kick a minute later after Castillo was called for a handball.

This time Cecilio Domínguez stepped up to the spot; like Romero, he went for the “Panenka” – and unlike Romero, he scored to make it 2-1.

Pumas had once last chance to tie it up again in the 90th minute, but Castillo couldn’t finish off the opportunity.

With the 2-1 win, América reaches six points while Pumas still have three.

Highlights

Lineups

América: Agustín Marchesín, Bruno Valdéz, Pablo Aguilar, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Alejandro Díaz 89′), Edson Álvarez, William da Silva, Oribe Peralta (Carlos Vargas 91′), Silvio Romero (Renato Ibarra 66′), Cecilio Domínguez.

Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Luis Quintana, Jesús Gallardo, Abraham González, Mauro Formica (Joffre Guerrón 72′), David Cabrera, Néstor Calderón (Brian Figueroa 84′), Nicolás Castillo, Bryan Rabello. 

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