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Pachuca wins in coach Martin Palermo’s debut in Liga MX

Pachuca continue their fine form at home, while Pumas’s 2019 struggles continue.

Pachuca v Pumas UNAM - Torneo Clausura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images

Pachuca defeated Pumas on a Franco Jara goal and were deserved winners in what was their first game under their new coach Martin Palermo. Pachuca remain undefeated at home in 2019, while Pumas’ struggles continue. The return of Carlos Gonzalez didn’t help things, as he never looked 100%, and Pumas had a disappointing game from his strike partner Felipe Mora. Pumas will look to bounce back in Copa MX, in a season that hasn’t met expectations.

Pachuca dominated the first half, although they didn’t create as many dangerous plays as expected. Ismael Sosa had a good chance go wide. and later on, Victor Guzman had a shot saved by the keeper.

Pachuca scored a goal through Sosa, but it was ruled offside. A couple of minutes later, Pachuca had a great chance when Angelo Sagal missed a sitter.

Pumas had their only opportunity in the last minutes of the half when a wide open Felipe Mora skied his header.

Pachuca proceeded to have the final opportunity when Raul Lopez missed off his long range shot.

The first half was mostly uneventful, especially to an almost invisible Pumas on offense. The second half continued with Pachuca being slightly better, although Pumas improved from their first half performance (not a difficult task).

Pumas had a great opportunity to score after they had a counter attack in a 3 vs 1, but Alan Mozo passed it to the wrong player, Martin Rodriguez, whose shot was blocked.

Pumas came closest to scoring when a deflection by a Pachuca defender had to be saved by Alfonso Blanco.

Eventually, a great combination play finished with Franco Jara making a a great move to the near post and heading in the goal. It was a well deserved lead for the Tuzos.

Pachuca could’ve made it 2-0 when a Raul Lopez shot went past the Pumas keeper but was cleared by Mozo.

Pumas had some of their best offensive moments looking for the equalizer when a Mozo long range shot was saved by Blanco. Then off a corner kick, once again Mora was wide open but headed the ball wide.

Victor Guzman had a long range shot that was saved by the Pumas keeper, in what proved to be the final shot on target of the game.

Pachuca looked good under Palermo in his first game as coach. They were the better team through the game and might have deserved a better score. Pumas on the other hand keeps struggling, and while the return of Gonzalez might turn things, it will not if he’s not at his best like tonight.

Pumas will now have to travel to Guadalajara to face Atlas in a Copa MX game that will be key and then return home for a tough match against Monterrey. Pachuca will stay home for their match against Atlante in Copa MX and then make the short trip to Puebla for their Liga MX match against Lobos BUAP.