Santos misplaced at residence final week with a person down, whereas Pumas took benefit of a shorthanded Juarez to win their opener. Nobody was despatched off this week and regardless of the ninety-first, Santos received 3-0 due to a brace from Diego Medina.
The sport began with a bang, however neither workforce produced a lot. Pumas had an excellent likelihood within the fifth minute when a ball floated into the field and Carlos Acevedo collided with a defender as he collected the ball, however he managed to hold onto it and all have been unscathed. A minute later, Pumas goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa took Juan Brunetta’s free kick and raced outdoors the penalty space with the ball in hand. Referee Luis Santander awarded a penalty and Sosa saved himself with a greater save as Brunetta made an ideal shot in body site visitors. Santos elevated his momentum, transferring the ball properly and turning it on the ft of the Pumas. However within the thirteenth minute, Acevedo blocked Eduardo Salvio’s shot and Puma had an excellent likelihood. Nonetheless, Santos broke via two minutes later and after one other assault, Preciado and Brunetta performed brilliantly, with Preciado taking the shot. The defender’s chest hit the bottom and deflected into the online, the place Sosa was capable of beat the counterattack. Diego Medina, nevertheless, was in the best place on the proper time to beat the deflected keeper. There was a break after the objective, however with Santander speaking to each groups, however the objective stopped.
Quickly after, Santos took the ball and went downfield, and Brunetta hit one into the mixer. Preciado had a header however deflected it over the bar. A minute later, Omar Campos made a pleasant run previous his defender and beat him, however Sosa made one other nice save to maintain the Pumas within the recreation. Puma had an opportunity within the twenty fifth minute when Dinenno’s long-range shot was cleared, however Acevedo noticed the entire method and received in entrance of him. A minute later, Edgar Alafita ripped in from distance however went larger than supposed. The chances went again to favor the Pumas, however they relied an excessive amount of on photographs from distance to make Acevedo efficient. Within the forty third minute, Pumas had one other likelihood with a free kick from outdoors the field, however it went over the bar. With 45 minutes gone, Salvio had an ideal likelihood from contained in the penalty space, however his shot went simply inches vast of the publish. Pumas regained management of the sport and fortuitously Santos’ first-half equalizer ran out earlier than the guests equalised.
Santos began the second half on the entrance foot, profitable a nook within the forty sixth minute, however Harold Preciado’s shot was stopped with the neck of Sebastian Sosa, who seemed by some means worn down. Then, within the 51st minute, Santos created an excellent likelihood, however Juan Brunetta’s shot was not robust sufficient and Sosa simply saved it. Javier Correa seemed respectable within the fifty fifth minute however his shot was excessive and vast. Santos blocked the passing lanes utilized by the Pumas, didn’t permit the play to develop, and didn’t provoke a counterattack after the interception.
However within the sixtieth minute, Dinenno had a shot on objective, Acevedo saved off his line, and Pumas had an ideal likelihood. However the rebound fell to Salvio, whose shot into an open web was met by Felix Torres. Santos then raced to the opposite finish and Omar Campos deflected off a defender on his method to Preciado. His shot was blocked by Sosa, however the rebound fell to Diego Medina, who tapped the ball residence with ease to make it a double for the hosts.
Pumas, nevertheless, instantly tried to get one again and Salvio virtually did simply that within the sixty fifth minute when he whistled previous the far publish. Santos virtually had a 3rd however have been dominated offside when Mateus Doria, who had gone down moments earlier in his first recreation of the season, hit one off the crossbar. Acevedo struggled to learn Acevedo when Cesar Huerta threw a shot within the 71st, however regardless of the deflection and the shot, he was capable of slide his fingers in and make the save. Dinenno failed to carry onto the ball within the 72nd minute when Acevedo stopped. The ball seemed destined to go to Salvio, however Torres once more got here to avoid wasting the day by clearing the ball out of bounds. Acevedo then made an excellent save within the seventy fifth minute to shoot over the bar.
Controversy then ensued as Pumas thought they’d a shot within the field. After a number of minutes of play, Santos went down, Preciado hit and Sosa saved. Whereas attempting to recuperate the rebound, the Pumas defender kicked Preciado within the space and was awarded a penalty. A couple of minutes later, when the sequence was reviewed within the VAR sales space, Preciado saved the penalty and despatched the shot vast of the objective.
The Pumas tried valiantly to drag one again however Santos performed them properly and restricted their probabilities regardless of 5 minutes of added time late within the recreation. Santos completed with their first win of 2023. Santos journey to Mazatlan to play Los Cannoneros on Friday, January 20, whereas Pumas return residence to host Leon on Sunday, January 22.
Santos Laguna: Carlos Acevedo; Raul Lopez (Mateus Doria, 63′), Felix Torres, Hugo Rodriguez, Omar Campos (Rivaldo Lozano, 87′); Alan Cervantes, Aldo Lopez, Juan Brunetta, Javier Correa (Salvador Mariscal, 77′); Harold Preciado (E Perez, 87′), Javier Medina (Jair Gonzalez, 77′)
UNAM Pumas: Sebastian Sosa; Pablo Bennevendo (Carlos Gutierrez, 69′), Ricardo Galindo, Nicolas Freer, Adrian Aldrete (Alec Alvarez, 69′); Arturo Ortiz, Edgar Alafita (Marco Garcia, 69′); Daniel Gonzalez (Cesar Huerta, 45′), Gustavo Del Prete (Diogo De Oliveira, 77′), Eduardo Salvio; Juan Ignacio Dinenno
Level: Santos Laguna – Javier Medina (15′, 60′), Harold Preciado (86′ – penalty); UNAM Pumas – None
Disciplinary: Santos Laguna – Felix Torres (Yellow – 43′); UNAM Pumas – Ricardo Galindo (Yellow – 5′)