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First-place Pumas rout Querétaro, Rayados coast

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Diogo de Oliveira (left) and the Pumas overpowered Querétaro, incomes a cushty 3-1 highway win. (Photograph by Hector Vivas/Getty Photographs)

Break up the Pumas! UNAM overcame an early Gallos Blancos strike (Angel Sepúlveda in minute 4) and rolled to a simple 3-1 win at Querétaro, clinching the sport with a late objective simply 3 minutes after happening to 10 males.

With the victory, the Pumas stay on high of the Liga MX desk with an ideal 6 factors from two matches. Greater than the win is the way in which the “Universitarios” are enjoying, placing on such a formidable show that followers is likely to be prompted to ask: “Who’re these guys?”

UNAM barely made the playoffs final season then bought off their finest midfielder (Erik Lira) whereas including two gamers from second division and selling a pair prospects from their youth academy.

Two weeks into the Clausura 2022 season and coach Andrés “The Magician” Lillii seems to have created a juggernaut.

Pumas enjoying with function

UNAM was a multitude a lot of the Apertura 2021 (in seventeenth place after Matchday 14) and Lillini’s squad struggled to attain objectives. Not a lot was anticipated to begin the season, particularly as high scorer Juan Ignacio Dinenno was suspended for the primary two video games and high defender Nicolás Freire is sidelined with a thigh damage.

However the Pumas clearly produce other concepts. At Toluca final week and at Querétaro final night time, UNAM performed aggressively and effectively. They completed performs (photographs or centering passes) at a excessive share and 19 of their 41 photographs have been on objective.

It is a dramatic enchancment from final season. “Los Felinos” have 8 objectives after two video games; final season, the Pumas didn’t rating their eighth objective till their thirteenth recreation!

After all, skeptics will level out that Toluca was enjoying short-handed due to a Covid outbreak throughout the group and the Gallos Blancos are usually not a playoff contender. UNAM’s first actual take a look at will come at dwelling subsequent Sunday when Miguel Herrera brings his Tigres into the CU.

One other concern would be the Pumas’ lack of depth and that can be a consideration heading into subsequent Sunday’s “cat battle.” Alan Mozo faces a red-card suspension (although his 68th-minute expulsion was ridiculous and the suspension might simply be overturned on enchantment) and playmaking midfielder Marco García suffered a nasty trying ankle damage within the last minutes in opposition to the Gallos.

Lillini is hoping García would be the midfield quarterback the crew has lacked in latest seasons and the teen (he’s 21) confirmed promise as an adolescent earlier than a knee damage value him a 12 months. He has proven expertise and aptitude in his 24 first division video games to this point and his objective final night time is an early candidate for Purpose of the Season.

For now, the Pumas can spend the remainder of the weekend on their couches, safe atop the desk, and watch how Matchday 2 performs out, paying shut consideration to Saturday night time’s Tigres-Puebla contest.

Rayados rout Rayos

After a disappointing season opener (a scoreless draw at dwelling in opposition to Querétaro), Monterrey cavorted across the Estadio Victoria turf and had their means with Necaxa, coasting to a 4-0 victory.

Rogelio Funes Mori, Maxi Meza and Duván Vergara scored within the first half and Javier Aguirre’s powerhouse squad coasted to a victory.

The Rayados are momentarily in second place with 4 factors, whereas Necaxa sits in final place with 0 factors and a –5 objective differential.

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