Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – Jornada 2 Recap and Highlights

Pumas UNAM remained perfect this season with a 3-1 victory against Atlas, which moved the universitarios to the top of the table. The result is a second straight defeat for the Rojinegros.

The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Nicolás Castillo was unmarked in the box and got to a cross from Jesús Gallardo, sending his low shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Pumas.

After the early goal, the game bogged down in midfield before Pumas took firmer control of the match. In the 33rd minute, a defensive error by Atlas allowed Castillo to steal the ball, draw out the keeper, and play in Matías Alustiza, who sent the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0.

The visitors made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back into the game, but it didn’t help. In the 63rd minute, Castillo was fouled in the box and referee César Arturo Ramos pointed to the penalty spot.

The Chilean took the spot kick himself and he converted it to make it 3-0 for Pumas.

The game looked done and dusted at that point, but Atlas was able to score a consolation goal in the 76th minute. Ravel Morrison scored direct from a free kick to reduce the deficit to 3-1, but Atlas couldn’t fight back any further than that.

With the 3-1 win, Pumas reach six points while Atlas still has zero.

Highlights

Lineups

Pumas: Alfredo Saldícar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Alejandro Arribas (Rodrigo González 66′), Luis Quintana, Luis Fernando Fuentes, David Cabrera, Jesús Gallardo, Marcelo Díaz, Mauro Formica (Yuber Asprilla 76′), Matías Alustiza (Pablo Barrera 56′), Nicolás Castillo.

Atlas: Cristopher Toselli, Jaine Barreiro, Leiton Jiménez, Daniel Arreola, Edwin Gómez (Serge Njoh 45′), Brayan Garnica, Juan Pablo Vigón, Ravel Morrison, Milton Caraglio, Clifford Aboagye, Angelo Henríquez (Ulises Cardona 45′).

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