Pumas got off to a great start in the Apertura 2014 with a thoroughly deserved 3-1 victory away to Querétaro ending an unwanted run of five consecutive winless opening days. Goals from Ismael Sosa, a Ricardo Osario own goal and Daniel Ludueña gave Pumas an early three points. Later, in Tijuana, Los Xolos lost 1-0 to Puebla in a horribly ugly affair that saw Puebla’s Colombian centre-half, Efraín Cortés sent off for spitting in the face of Darío Benedetto. Luis Loroña’s early strike proved to be enough to leave the Estadio Caliente with maximum points in what was a forgettable game of football.
Querétaro 1 – 3 Pumas
It took Pumas just a minute to open their Apertura campaign when Daniel Ludueña’s left wing cross found Ismael Sosa unmarked inside the 6-yard box to tap the ball past Edgar Hernández.
The perfect start for Pumas played even more into their hands as Los Gallos Blancos toiled to create any chances despite having the majority of possession. Pumas bided their time waiting for the opportunity to strike on the break. And before half time, that chance came. Another cross from the left found Sosa at the back post and this time his well-struck volley deflected off Ricardo Osario into the net.
Just over 10 minutes after the break, the contest was ended in spectacular fashion by Daniel Ludueña. The Argentine schemer curled in a glorious free-kick from 30 yards and ensured that Pumas would be leaving with all the points.
To add insult to injury, Querétaro had Danilinho harshly dismissed for what appeared to be a legitmate tackle but in spite of the numerical disadvantage Los Gallos Blancos did manage to scramble a late consolation goal through Ángel Supúlveda.
Tijuana 0 – 1 Puebla
Los Xolos are normally quite a formidable outfit in the Estadio Caliente so last night’s defeat to relegation threatened, Puebla comes a blow to César Farías’ side.
Luis Loroña’s well worked goal in the 9th minute perhaps took advantage of the make-shift defensive pairing that Farías was forced to field through injury and suspension.
Although Los Xolos battled to regain a foothold, there was a certain degree of opening day sloppiness and although the will may have been there, the cohesion and application were lacking.
As time went on the game became more fraught and unpleasant on the eye but Colombian, Efraín Cortés took things to another level. His spit into the face of Darío Benedetto earned him a straight red and likely a hefty ban.
Los Xolos are usually so reliant at home that this defeat ahead of next weekend’s trip to the Azteca to face América is even more disappointing.
For Puebla, it is a fantastic result as they narrow the gap between themselves and Chivas in the relegation table.