Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Pumas UNAM fought back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in the Clausura, while the universitarios remain winless – although they are unbeaten at home.
Pumas, under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, were looking to get their first victory of the season, and they started the game off well, controlling possession and creating a few chances. But the afternoon took a turn for the worse for the hosts in the 25th minute, when Luis Quintana was sent off for a foul on Rogelio Funes Mori just outside the box.
If the red card wasn’t enough, Monterrey scored from the ensuing free kick to leave Pumas down both a goal and a man in the 28th minute. Jesús Gallardo touched the ball for Dorlan Pabón, who sent his low drive past the wall and the keeper to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Pumas continued to attack, and they had an opportunity or two to tie the game, most notably in the 32nd minute when Pablo Barrera’s long-range shot forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero.
In the second half, the action continued at both ends with Pumas looking to come back and Monterrey searching for an insurance goal. In the 65th minute, Rodolfo Pizarro saw his attempt go just wide; then, Funes Mori had a golden opportunity stopped with an impressive kick-save by Alfredo Saldívar.
Time began to wind down and it looked like Monterrey would hold on to their narrow lead. But in the 82nd minute, a defensive miscue allowed Pumas to pounce. Barovero fumbled a backpass, allowing Carlos González to win the ball in the box. Pumas passed the ball around, trying to find a yard of space to get a shot away, until the ball reached Juan Iturbe outside the box. His shot took a deflection to wrong-foot Barovero and tie the game 1-1.
The result will feel like a win for UNAM, while Monterrey will be disappointed not to have been able to put the game to bed while playing against 10.
With the 1-1 draw, Pumas reach three points while Monterrey reaches 11.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mozo, Luis Quintana, Pablo Jáquez, Idekel Domínguez, Kevin Escamilla (David Cabrera 77′), Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Pablo Barrera (Juan Iturbe 73′), Felipe Mora (Martín Rodríguez 67′), Carlos González.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Gallardo, Carlos Rodríguez, Maximiliano Meza (Ángel Zaldívar 73′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Leonel Vangioni 77′), Rodolfo Pizarro (Jonathan González 82′).