A late goal gave Pumas UNAM a 1-0 victory against Monterrey. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten this season and perfect at home, while the Rayados remain winless and suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The hosts looked the better side from the beginning and it was only Marcelo Barovero in goal who kept Pumas from running up the score. Carlos González had several opportunities with Sebastián Saucedo and Fabio Álvarez supporting the attack, but the Argentinian goalkeeper kept Pumas off the board.
Monterrey was never able to generate much going forward themselves and Antonio Mohamed turned to his bench at halftime as he looked to get the Rayados into the game. Vincent Janssen gave the visitors a bit more movement up top and he forced a save out of Alfredo Saldívar, but the balance of the game remained tilted in UNAM’s favor.
The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute. Alan Mozo got past his defender and drove into the box, where he sent the ball to Carlos González; his back-heeled attempt was saved by Barovero, but the rebound fell to Juan Pablo Vigón, who made it 1-0.
Monterrey was unable to find an equalizer and Pumas held on to win by the minimum difference, with the result putting them at the top of the table, pending the rest of this weekend’s results.
With the 1-0 win, Pumas reach seven points while Monterrey still has one.