In a wild game where both teams led at one point or another, FC Juárez and Pumas UNAM ultimately drew 4-4. The result keeps the Bravos winless in the Clausura 2020 – but gives them their first point – while the universitarios remain unbeaten.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 11th minute with one of their first dangerous plays of the game. Mauro Fernández got in behind the defense on the right and played the ball across for Darío Lezcano, who knocked it home to make it 1-0 for FC Juárez.
But it didn’t take long for Pumas to respond. In the 14th minute, Favio Álvarez played Juan Pablo Vigón into the box and he made it 1-1 with a chip past the onrushing keeper.
Parity lasted just three minutes, though, with the Bravos retaking the lead in the 17th. The play started with a corner kick that wasn’t fully cleared; Israel Jiménez sent the ball back into the box and Lezcano grabbed his second goal of the night with a well-placed header.
Shortly after that, Diego Rolan went down in the box and following VAR review, FC Juárez was awarded a penalty kick, with Alejandro Mayorga sanctioned with a yellow card for the foul.
Rolan stepped up to take the spot kick himself, and he converted it to give the hosts what looked like a comfortable 3-1 lead in the 25th minute.
Pumas kept pressing, though, and they were able to reduce the deficit before halftime. In the 39th minute, Andrés Iniestra intercepted the ball in midfield and his shot from distance wrong-footed goalkeeper Iván Vázquez Mellado to make it 3-2.
Then, minutes after the restart, the universitarios tied the game once more. In the 49th minute, Iniestra sent the ball in from the right and Favio Álvarez knocked it in from the top of the six-yard box to make it 3-3.
The equalizer swung the momentum firmly in UNAM’s favor, and 10 minutes later they went on to take the lead. In the 59th minute, the visitors won a free kick; Pablo Barrera sent it deep into the box, and Carlos González headed it home to give Pumas the 3-4 lead.
Soon after that, it looked like Pumas had added a fifth, but Barrera’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
That kept it a one-goal game, and that allowed Brian Rubio to save the night for FC Juárez when he scored with a powerful left-footed shot in the 79th minute to make it 4-4.
With the 4-4 draw, FC Juárez reaches one point while Pumas reach four.