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After 14 years, Pumas finally win again at the Estadio Jalisco

Pumas hadn’t beaten Atlas in Guadalajara since 2004

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

Pumas won their third straight game and ended a 14-year streak of not winning at the Estadio Jalisco when they defeated Atlas 3-0. Pumas didn’t get the start they wanted when they conceded an early penalty that Atlas missed. The Rojinegros would then go on a space of a few minutes where they would crumble, going down a goal and a man. From the red card foul, Pumas would take the 2-0 lead and dominate the rest of the game until they eventually finished with a 3-0 victory.

After a great start to the season, Pumas fans were hopeful coming into today’s game. They went away to an Atlas team that had lost badly against America. But historically Pumas has had trouble in the city of Guadalajara, where they hadn’t defeated Atlas since 2004. Back then, they defeated the Rojinegros 2-1 in the First Leg of the Liguilla, which concluded with them winning the league title against another Guadalajara team, Chivas. It almost looked like the streak would continue when Pumas gave away a penalty kick early on, but Alfredo Saldivar stopped Octavio River’s spot kick. In the other end, it was the total opposite. A free kick by Victor Malcorra was mishandled by Atlas goalkeeper Jose Hernandez, who left it for Kevin Escamilla to open the scoring.

Things then went from bad to worse for Atlas when Lorenzo Reyes got red carded for fouling Felipe Mora. Even worse for Atlas, Pablo Barrera scored a wonder goal from the ensuing free kick. With nobody expecting Barrera to kick, he made a great shot and put the game 2-0.

The game continued into the second half with Pumas dominating but not pressing things too much. Atlas on the other hand looked done, and although they had some chances, they never really threatened. Pumas then subbed in ex Atlas forward Matias Alustiza and he would finish things in the last few minutes. A great ply by defender Alan Mozo, who went past his man and sent a great cross, ended with Alustiza firing in the 3-0.

The game was over and it could’ve been won by a larger margin. Pumas, like last season, has had a great start but they will face a tougher schedule with games against Pachuca and Monterrey. That said, overall they have been playing pretty well.

Meanwhile, it looks like it will be another lost season for Atlas. Despite insisting on playing young players. it looks to be a team too inexperienced and fragile to have any real impact this season.