The first hurdle in a difficult February schedule was overcome by Pumas, who once again resorted to forcefulness to beat León 2-1 with a great performance by Arturo Ortiz and José Rogerio. All to put an end to the Fiera's paternity that dated back to 2017 at CU.
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León roared first in the match when they took advantage of an excellent counter-attack that ended up at the feet of Santiago Colombatto, who powerfully scored to beat Talavera. It looked as if La Fiera would maintain their dominance at the Olímpico.
Pumas had to be at their most forceful to come from behind. First, thanks to José Rogerio, who continued his hot streak and made the most of a through ball to beat goalkeeper Cota.
The Brazilian is already the team's top scorer with four goals in the Clausura 2022. The striker needs one goal to equal the mark set by Juan Dinenno in the Apertura 2021, as the club's top scorer in that competition.
Then came a free-kick that was headed in by Palermo Ortiz to move the net. The León fans complained, but the VAR reviewed the play and decreed a legitimate goal to make it 2-1, which brought tranquility to the bench and the Auriazul fans.
Pumas played with an extra man in the second half
The home team also benefited from the sending-off at 50' of midfielder Federico Martinez, which ruined La Fiera's plan to rescue the game.
From then on, Pumas tried to catch León on the counter-attack and there was no shortage of options, such as the one-on-one play by Favio Álvarez, who tried to score but had Diogo de Oliveira unmarked and ready to kill the game off.
The result would have been ideal had it not been for Alan Mozo, who swept hard over Iván Rodríguez and left him lying on the turf. The referee hesitated, but finally showed him the red card and although the Mexican fullback complained, he had no choice but to leave the field.
With 10 men on each side, León went on the attack in search of an equalizer, which they came close to achieving in the last play of the match with a shot by Víctor Dávila, but his header crashed against the crossbar before the anguished gaze of Alfredo Talavera.
Pumas continue to fight for Liguilla positions and now its next stop is in Costa Rica against Saprissa at the beginning of the Concacaf Champions League.