Chivas de Guadalajara scored for the first time in three matches, but couldn’t do enough to earn any points as Pumas UNAM picked up a 2-1 victory. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the universitarios, while El Rebaño has now lost two in a row and remains winless in five.
The game started off slowly, with a lot of passes but no incisive ones. Chances were few and far between, but Pumas made one count in the 26th minute, as Carlos González made it 1-0 for the hosts as he stabbed home a cross from Víctor Malcorra.
That goal brought the game to life as Chivas began pressing for an equalizer. Just two minutes later, they had a chance at one after Luis Quintana fouled Isaác Brizuela in the box, giving the visitors a penalty kick.
Gael Sandoval stepped up to take the spot kick and he converted it to make it 1-1 in the 30th minute and snap Guadalajara’s long goalless streak.
Parity didn’t last long, however, as the hosts were able to retake the lead before halftime. Luis Quintana atoned for conceding the earlier penalty by finishing off a free kick to make it 2-1 for Pumas in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, Chivas searched for a second equalizer but Alfredo Saldívar stood firm in goal to deny them. At the other end, Pumas had several opportunities to add a third and ensure the victory, but their chances all went begging as well. In the end, the score remained 2-1.
With the 2-1 win, Pumas reach 13 points while Chivas still has 15.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mozo, Alejandro Arribas, Luis Quintana (Rodrigo González 70′), Jeison Angulo, Kevin Escamilla (David Cabrera 64′), Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Martín Rodríguez (Pablo Barrera 64′), Felipe Mora, Carlos González.
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jair Pereira, José Alfaro (Luis Madrigal 81′), Hiram Mier, Juan Basulto, Dieter Villalpando, Javier López (Ronaldo Cisneros 45′), Isaác Brizuela, Walter Gael Sandoval (José Godínez 45′), Ernesto Vega.