Pumas UNAM defeated Puebla FC 2-1 at the Olimpico Universitario stadium in Mexico City Sunday to kick off the last day of week 10 action. The universitarios win their first game under new coach Mario Carrillo.
Argentine Martin Bravo and Eduardo Herrera scored for the home side and Matias Alustiza put the ball in the net for the visiting squad.
The game started with Carrillo still trying to define his line-up. He went with a 4-3-3 leaving Spaniard Luis Garcia on the bench, one of this season’s high profile signings, who is currently injured. On the attack he had Bravo, Emanuel Villa and Javier Cortes. The team could not get in line going into the break still drawn at 0-0 against one of the league’s worst teams.
At the half Carrillo pulled Villa from the pitch and replaced him with Eduardo Herrera. The fans were not happy with his action and began chants against him. However, the move worked out for Pumas as Herrera fit into the attack trident collaborating with a goal.
After 54 minutes of play Pumas broke through the defense. Herrera shot long to goalkeeper Alexandro Alvarez who could not hold the ball. Bravo moved in and fired into an open net to take the lead.
A few minutes later Pumas increased their lead. Bravo shot but the ball was blocked, this time Herrera was on hand to push the ball in for the 2-0.
In the 70th Efrain Dimayuga shot to goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios’ left near the post. “Pikolin” dove and cleared the ball, but to his misfortune it landed in front of Alustiza who shot to cut the distance to 2-1.
The goal did not slow down the home team who continued to push forward in an attempt to increase their lead. They dominated Puebla, giving Carrillo his first win since taking over the team.