Pumas UNAM twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as 9-man América came back for a 2-2 draw in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten at home this season but winless in three overall, while the universitarios remain winless in four.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, with Pumas taking the lead 19 seconds into the game. Martín Rodríguez found Felipe Mora, whose header beat Agustín Marchesín to make it 0-1 immediately following the kickoff.
América struggled to react after falling behind so quickly, while Pumas pressed forward in search of a second goal. But América grew into the game and they had a good chance in the 25th minute through Roder Martínez, but he couldn’t get his shot on target.
Then, in the 32nd minute, the Águilas found the equalizer. Oribe Peralta got past two defenders before beating Alfredo Saldívar with his shot from the edge of the box to make it 1-1.
But things quickly got complicated for América as Martínez was sent off with a straight red card in the 38th minute, leaving the hosts to see out the game with 10 men.
Pumas controlled possession in the second half, but chances were few and far between. Then, in the 67th minute, Bruno Valdez was red carded for a hard tackle, reducing América to just nine.
It took Pumas mere minutes to take advantage after that, with Martín Rodríguez sending the ball in for Carlos González, who headed the visitors ahead, 1-2, in the 71st minute.
With a two-man advantage, Pumas seemed assured of walking away with the victory. But in stoppage time, América found a second equalizer, with Henry Martín finishing off a cross from Andrés Ibargüen to make it 2-2 in the waning moments.
To add insult to injury for Pumas, Alejandro Arribas suffered a gruesome-looking dislocated elbow that saw him subbed out late on.
With the 2-2 draw, América and Pumas both reach 11 points.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez, Luis Reyes (Henry Martín 77′), Bruno Valdez, Víctor Aguilera, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Cecilio Domínguez (Andrés Uribe 64′), Andrés Ibargüen, Roger Martínez, Oribe Peralta (Jorge Sánchez 70′).
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mozo, Alejandro Arribas (Pablo Jáquez 90′), Luis Quintana, Alan Mendoza (Matías Alustiza 61′), Kevin Escamilla, Víctor Malcorra, Martín Rodríguez, Pablo Barrera, Felipe Mora, Carlos González (Juan Iturbe 77′).