Pumas UNAM took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Toluca came back for a 2-1 victory. The result leaves the universitarios winless in six – and winless on the road this season – while the Diablos Rojos remain unbeaten at home.
The visitors started the game off well and they had their first good chance in the 9th minute. Gerardo Alcoba out-jumped his defender but couldn’t find the net with his header. They had another chance soon afterwards through Abraham González, whose attempt went just over the bar.
Then, in the 25th minute, Pumas found the breakthrough. Josécarlos van Rankin collected a rebound outside the box, cut around his defender, and sent his left-footed shot from distance into the back of the net, aided by a deflection off Antonio Ríos. 0-1.
It didn’t take Toluca long to react, though, and by the 30th minute they took control of possession. But despite chances from Ríos, Carlos Esquivel, and Fernando Uribe, Pumas kept the lead going into halftime.
But just three minutes into the second half, Toluca tied the game. In the 48th minute, the unfortunate Luis Quintana turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear a cross from Rodrígo Gómez. 1-1.
After the equalizer, the hosts dominated possession, although the final touch was lacking. Pumas had a pair of attempts on the counter, but neither was converted.
Then, in the 77th minute, Fernando Uribe gave the Diablos Rojos the lead when his header made it 2-1.
With the 2-1 win, Toluca reaches 19 points while Pumas still have seven.
Toluca: Luis García, Rodrigo Salinas, Efraín Velarde, Santiago García, Osvaldo González, Antonio Ríos, Rodrigo López (Jesús Méndez 45′), Carlos Esquivel (Pablo Barrientos 73′), Rodrigo Gómez (Rubens Sambueza 63′), Fernando Uribe, Alexis Canelo.
Pumas:Alfredo Saldívar, Gerardo Alcoba, Jesús Gallardo, Luis Quintana, Brian Figueroa (Alan Acosta 87′), Alan Mozo, Josécarlos van Rankin, Marcelo Díaz (Néstor Calderón 84′), Abraham González, Bryan Silva (Bryan Rabello 56′), Mauro Formica.