Pumas UNAM kept themselves in the playoff conversation with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against 10-man Atlas. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the universitarios, while the Rojinegros have now lost two in a row.
The hosts started the game off strongly and they soon found their reward. In the 11th minute, Víctor Malcorra played a low cross to Carlos González, who knocked the ball home from the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
That goal woke Atlas up and they began to look for a response. They got one in the 26th minute, when Jesús Isijara knocked in a cross from the right to tie the game 1-1.
But the complexion of the match changed in the second half. Seconds after the restart, Anderson Santamaría elbowed Carlos González in the jaw as they jockeyed for the ball, which could have earned him a red but resulted in only a yellow. But minutes later, Santamaría would get his marching orders as he earned a second yellow in the 51st minute for a flagrant handball.
With the numerical advantage, Pumas took firm control of the game. It took them until the 70th minute to retake the lead, however. Felipe Mora came on as a sub and 15 seconds later gave Pumas the lead with his first goal of the season.
That opened the floodgates.
In the 79th minute, Camilo Vargas gave up a rebound that Nicolás Freire easily put away to make it 3-1. Then, in the 87th, Andrés Iniestra received the ball with his back to goal, turned, and fired to make it 4-1.
The final goal came deep in stoppage time when Alan Mozo brought the ball to the end line and scored from the narrowest of angles to make it 5-1; the goal was officially ruled an own-goal on Camilo Vargas, whose attempt to make the save knocked the ball into his net, although it looked like it would have gone in anyway. The goal was also checked by VAR to see if the ball had crossed the end line before Mozo sent it in, but in the end the goal stood.
With the 5-1 win, Pumas reach 21 points while Atlas still has 21.