Monarcas Morelia earned their first home win of the Apertura with a 2-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result snaps the michoacanos’ two-game losing streak, while the universitarios now have three losses in their last four.
The visitors started the game off better, but Morelia found a few dangerous chances of their own. Fernando Aristeguieta had a clear opportunity when he got his head to a cross after some good passing play around the box, but his header whistled just inches wide of the post.
Then, in the 34th minute, Morelia took the lead. Joaquín Martínez sent a good cross in, and Aristeguieta got on the end of it once more. The would-be goal was initially disallowed for offside, but after VAR review, it was awarded to give Morelia the 1-0 lead.
Pumas looked to regroup with a pair of halftime substitutions, and it gave them a new attacking dimension. They began spending more time in Morelia’s final third, and in the 50th minute they thought they might have won a penalty after a cross hit Gabriel Achilier in the arm. But after VAR review, it was determined there was no infraction as the ball bounced up off his stomach into his arm, which was in a natural position at his side.
Minutes later, Pumas came within inches, only for “Shaggy” Martínez to clear the ball off the line with the keeper beaten.
But just as Pumas were looking most dominant, Morelia struck. Aristiguieta finished off a counterattack with a low diagonal shot into the far corner, making it 2-0 and taking some of the wind out of UNAM’s sails.
The visitors continued to press, but they were unable to reduce the deficit as Morelia held on for the victory.
With the 2-0 win, Morelia reaches six points while Pumas still have nine.