In a game that finished 10 vs 10, León picked up a 1-3 away win against Pumas UNAM. The result extends La Fiera’s winning streak to five games, while the universitarios saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
León started the game off better and immediately began threatening a goal. In the 6th minute, Luis Montes hit the crossbar; then Ángel Mena played in José Macías, but he couldn’t get his shot away.
The pressure paid off in the 26th minute, when Fernando Navarro played the ball into the box for Montes, who cut it back for Macías, who tapped it home to make it 0-1.
Soon after that, León made it 0-2. In the 32nd minute, Mena brought down a long free kick in the box, left his defender on the ground, and finished it off to put León comfortably in control. Mena’s goal was initially called offside, but after a VAR check, it stood and León took the 0-2 lead into halftime.
The second half started the same way the first had ended: with León in control. They hit the woodwork a second time soon after the restart, and then Pumas went down to 10 men when Idekel Domínguez was sent off with his second yellow in the 55th minute.
With the numerical advantage, León continued to dominate. Pumas came close to pulling a goal back in the 62nd, however, when Juan Manuel Iturbe tried his luck, but Rodolfo Cota made the save.
León then went down to 10 men as well when José Macías saw red in the 70th minute. Despite that, La Fiera still had a chance to put the game away minutes later when they earned a penalty kick. However, Alfredo Saldívar made the save on Joel Campbell to keep the score 0-2.
Soon after that, Pumas reduced the deficit. Alan Mozo drove into the box, fought off his defender, and got a cross over to Carlos González, who knocked the ball home from the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-2.
Pumas pressed for an equalizer in the waning moments of the game, but in the 93rd minute León sealed the victory as Vinicio Angulo drew out Saldívar and sent the ball into an empty net to make it 1-3.
With the 1-3 win, León reaches 17 points while Pumas still have nine.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mozo, Luis Quintana, Pablo Jáquez, Idekel Domínguez, Kevin Escamilla (Juan Iturbe 46′), Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Pablo Barrera (Martín Rodríguez 76′), Felipe Mora (Jeison Angulo 58′), Carlos González.
León: Rodolfo Cota, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando Navarro, William Tesillo, Miguel Herrera, Luis Montes (Jorge Díaz 89′), José Rodríguez, Ángel Mena, Jean Meneses (Carlos Guerrero 80′), Joel Campbell (Vinicio Angulo 80′), José Juan Macías.