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Christian Bolaños: the great threat to Pumas UNAM in the CONCACAF Champions League

The Costa Rican right-winger is the only survivor of the final in which Saprissa defeated the Universitarios. 

Christian Bolaños almost scored a goal that the international media have classified as worthy of the Puskas award, had the goal gone into the net. 
Christian Bolaños almost scored a goal that the international media have classified as worthy of the Puskas award, had the goal gone into the net. 

At 37 years of age, Christian Bolaños is the great threat for Pumas UNAM in the CONCACAF Champions League, having scored again against Universitario 17 years after 2005 final. 

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And if that wasn't enough, the player almost scored a goal that the international media have classified as worthy of the Puskas award, had the goal gone into the net. 

But although the player did not score that goal, he did score a penalty kick against Pumas UNAM that reopened that old wound from which the Auriazules have yet to heal, having lost the opportunity to go to the FIFA Club World Cup

Why Christian Bolaños is a big threat to Pumas UNAM in the CONCACAF Champions Cup

Although his age may already place him as a veteran, Bolaños has something that is a secret weapon that can tip things in his team's favor: experience. 

Proof of this is that the player not only scored once last night against the Universitarios but twice, making the young talents that now make up the Auriazul squad aware of the kind of winger they were up against. 

But the other factor that makes him a real threat to Pumas UNAM's aspirations is his eye for goal.

Proof of this was the shot he attempted in the 26th minute, when, after receiving a pass from a free-kick, the player tried to hit the ball with a sort of "scorpion" with his right leg and with his back to Alfredo Talavera's goal. 

And, in the 42nd minute, these two characteristics of the player were present when he tried to get a penalty kick in the Pumas UNAM area, which occurred after a VAR review. 

Christian Bolaños could be Pumas UNAM's executioner again

With that combination of a nose for goal plus his experience, the Pumas UNAM defense will have to work twice as hard as it did in the second leg because if there was one thing Bolaños showed, it was that the Universitarios' backline can be penetrated, especially on the right. 

That was precisely the cause of Saprissa's second goal when a shot that Talavera stopped, bounced off his hands and went straight to the feet of Bolaños, who did not hesitate for a second to put the ball into the net. 

And beyond Saprissa, Bolaños is on very equal terms with Pumas UNAM, since the previous time they faced each other, the Universitarios were coming from a great moment in Liga MX under the guidance of Hugo Sánchez. 

While this time around, although they have had great moments under Andrés Lillini, the lack of a title is what is taking away the momentum they need to be more dominant in the Concachampions. 

On the other hand, in 2005 Bolaños was younger and with more physical deployment, but now in 2022, the player has been able to replace his physical deficiencies caused by age, with an experience that allows him to get ahead of the rival. 

If Pumas UNAM does not want Christian Bolaños to be their executioner again in the Champions League, Lillini will have to put a personal mark on the lethal Costa Rican winger.

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Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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