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Pumas UNAM denied Clasico Capitalino win by nine-man Club América

America v Pumas UNAM - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Henry Martin’s last-gasp equalizer denied Pumas UNAM a Clasico Capitalino win over Club América, as the Universitarios squandered the chance to beat a nine-man Águilas team at the Estadio Azteca.

Pumas took an early led after 18 seconds when Felipe Mora headed in following a gorgeous cross from Martin Rodriguez.

Buoyed after conceding just seconds into the game, América went in search of an immediate equalizer.

America’s goal, however, wouldn’t arrive until the 32nd minute when Oribe Peralta tore past his defender and placed left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Las Águilas’s joy was short-lived, and minutes later, Roger Martinez was sent off for an elbow on Pumas defender Alejandro Arribas. América protested long and hard, but no avail. It was a cruel ending for Martinez, who at most deserved a yellow.

In the second half, things went from bad to worse for América. Defender Bruno Valdez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Pablo Barrera, leaving Miguel Herrera’s men with nine men.

Pumas capitalized moments later. Carlos Gonzalez raced on a Martin Rodriguez cross to smash home the Universitarios’s go-ahead goal.

But with time running out, América sucker punched their cross-town rivals with a very late equalizer. Henry Martin’s header from Andres Ibarguen’s cross denied Pumas a valuable victory over América.