Monarcas Morelia earned their first victory of the Apertura 2017 with a 1-2 away win against Pumas UNAM. The result is a second straight loss for the universitarios, who also lost their home unbeaten streak.
The game started with chances at both ends. First, Sebastián Sosa was called into action to stop a dangerous header from within the six-yard box; then Alfredo Saldívar made an important save on Raúl Ruidíaz.
As the game continued, Pumas began to control the run of play. The hosts even had the ball in the back of the net, but the would-be goal was called back for offside. Despite a few more chances, with Nicolás Castillo in particular looking dangerous, the scoreboard still read 0-0 at halftime.
Then, just minutes into the second half, Morelia took the lead. In the 49th minute, Diego Valdés played in Ruidíaz, who beat Saldívar to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Pumas responded in the 65th minute. Brian Figueroa sent in a cross from the left and Castillo was there at the far post, beating his marker to make it 1-1.
But parity lasted just three minutes before Morelia retook the lead. In the 68th minute, Sebastián Vegas joined the attack, got around Bryan Rabello, and took a shot from outside the box that beat Saldívar to make it 1-2.
Pumas couldn’t find another response and the michoacanos held on to earn their first win of the season.
With the 1-2 win, Morelia reaches six points while Pumas still has six.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jesús Gallardo, José García, Luis Quintana, Abraham González, Brian Figueroa (Joffre Guerrón 70′), David Cabrera, Nicolás Castillo, Bryan Rabello (Alan Mendoza 81′), Néstor Calderón (Marcelo Díaz 45′).
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Guzmán, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Carlos Rodríguez, Diego Valdés (Jorge Zárate 91′), Rodrigo Millar (Juan Rodríguez 82′), Rodolfo Vilchis (Ángel Sepúlveda 85′), Mario Osuna, Gastón Lezcano, Raúl Ruidíaz.