MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Eduardo Salvio and Juan Ignacio Dineno scored goals down the stretch as the Pumas beat Ciudad Juarez 2-1 on Sunday in their Mexican Clausura tournament opener.
Argentine Salvio matched it for the university students after receiving a long stroke into the area from Brazilian veteran Dani Alves, who sent it into the net on 77 with a shot passed between the legs of former university goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
After referee Óscar Macías resorted to replays (VAR) to point out Talavera’s demolition on Salvio, Argentinian Dineo finished off the win from the penalty spot, which he converted in the 87′.
The Border team was put in front on the 30 when Alan Medina sent a diagonal pass from Gabriel Fernandez into the net from the center of the area.
Despite having a numerical advantage in the 41st minute, the Pumas found it difficult to score, when Fernández saw a pair of yellow cards for contesting a foul a minute into the match.
With the win, the Pumas extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games (eight wins and three draws) on the opening day, as the last time they appeared in a tournament appearance was a 2–1 loss to Chivas in the Clausura 2017.
University students have joined Guadalajara and San Luis as winners so far on this first day. Juárez fell, as did Necaxa and Monterrey.
Alves, who was part of Brazil’s squad at the World Cup in Qatar, came on as a substitute after Juarez faced the expulsion of Fernandez.
With his great touch, he optioned up an equalizer by taking a pass just past the midfield band, which Salvio arrived to solve with a shot from below that passed between Talavera’s legs.
For Alves it was only his second win as a university student, after the previous tournament he had enjoyed seven losses and six draws with barely one return.
Talavera faced the team he had been with till last year and made a good intervention even before the first goal. For the Pumas, a new era began in their goal with Uruguayan Sebastián Sosa becoming the first foreigner to start in that position since 1997 when Argentina’s Javier Lavallón.
Sosa had no complications throughout the duel, only struggling in the range target.
Later in the day the doubles will continue with the Santos Vs. Tigers and Tijuana Vs. blue Cross.