Toluca picked up their first win of the season over a deeply disappointing Pumas side, who failed to take advantage of their hosts playing half the match with only 10 men. Pablo Velázquez put Los Diablos Rojos in front midway through the first half from the penalty spot after Lucas Lobos had been upended by Marco Palacios but the lead lasted just over a minute. A freekick from the left was swung into the box and Matías Britos rose to head in his first goal of the season and with seconds remaining in the first half the momentum swung in favour of the vistors when Toluca had Edgar Benítez sent off. However, despite their numerical disadvantage, Toluca remained a threat and with 10 minutes remaining, Velázquez headed his second of the game.
It is an important three points for Toluca who have disappointed in the opening two games and it puts a bit of pressure on José Luis Trejo and Pumas. After last week’s performance in the defeat to Chivas and then losing to 10-man Toluca, they must improve fast. Next Sunday, Pumas host one of Liga MX’s form sides in Atlas and so three points is far from certain.
Toluca 2 – 1 Pumas