MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — In their first game without Dani Alves, the Pumas relied on a brace from Argentina striker Juan Dineo to beat Leon 4-1 in Mexico on Sunday in the Clausura tournament.
The varsity club terminated Alves’ contract on Friday, shortly after the Brazilian right-back was accused and arrested for sexual assault at Barcelona. He was a member of the Pumas for six months.
Argentina’s Gustavo del Prete scored the first goal of the game after nine minutes, while Dineno scored on 45 and 84 minutes.
Brazil’s Diogo de Oliveira added another goal in the 45th minute to give the Pumas their second win in the tournament.
Coach Rafael Puente said, “The team showed that it is united and aware of the demands of wearing the jersey.” “It’s about losses in the squad and that leads to shortfalls, but we have enough people to replace that.”
The varsity students now have six points and are placed fourth, with only two more games left for the third date.
It’s a promising start for new coach Puente, who takes over from Argentine Andrés Llini.
“It’s another game, another step we took to reach our goal and the players appeal to the great heart that we must have,” said the coach. “In the end it’s a subdued result but satisfied with the effort of the players.”
The Pumas have not managed to win the league since Clausura 2011, the longest drought among the four most popular teams in Mexico.
The leadership selected Alves and other players to try to end that streak since the previous tournament, but after the league was relegated, they fired Llini and hired Puente, a young Mexican coach who had no There was no success in Queretaro or Atlas.
Argentina’s Lucas Di Yorio scored in the 26th minute for Lyon, who slipped to 14th place with three points.
“Every beginning of the process is challenging and requires immediate solutions,” said Argentina coach Nicolás Larkmon, who is in his first tournament with La Fiera. “The team is getting orders, although after a result like this it seems silly to say that the team is getting itself, but I really think so.”
The Pumas took the lead with a great individual play by Del Prete who broke the two-man mark, entered the area and converted with a smooth shot placed to the right of goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.
Lyon soon equalized when Di Yorio received a pass from Ecuador’s Angel Mena on the right wing and converted with a charming heeled shot inside the six-yard box.
The university students extended their lead late in the first half when Diogo received a cross from the left and headed against Kota’s right post.
The local team went on to win when Del Prete once again took out two players in the area to take a shot, which was cleared by Cota and the rebound was right for Dineo, who scored the ball alone and without the goalkeeper. Pushed deep.
Near the end, Dineo received a pass from the right, entered the area and converted with a soft shot and placed at Cota’s left post.