Pumas hosted Tijuana today in what went from a close game to an instant classic in the second half, a result that goes way beyond the 3-3 tie, it’s good or bad depending on your team. Tijuana scored first on a Aviles Hurtado goal in the 22nd minute, then in the second half Victor Malcorra & Guido Rodriguez scored goals about 4 minutes apart, and with 25+ minutes left it looked like Tijuana was heading towards 3 points and staying in second. Was. Then the fun began-Nicolas Castillo put Pumas on the board with a beautiful bicycle kick just outside the goalie box to get the home team on the board in the 71st minute, then 5 minutes later the tide really turned…a Fuera de lugar on Tijuana nullified what would have been a 4th goal, and then came a PENAL! for Pumas (along with one of a few late Amarillas). Pablo Barrera converted the kick and now Pumas was within 3-2. Then in the 81st minute Castillo appeared to have his second of the game for Pumas, but it later was reported to be an OWN GOAL by Tijuana! Juan Valenzuela was credited with deflecting the ball in as he & Castillo went for it in front of the net (TV credited the goal to Castillo, the league’s live scoring/timing said own goal, but afterwards the goal was credited to Castillo). And now it was 3-3! And Tijuana was VERY fortunate to avoid what would have been a fatal own goal in extra time as an inadvertent header in front of the net just went over the top crossbar, and some very heated Pumas players afterwards right in the ref’s face thankfully didn’t get carded and that ended an amazing comeback from the dead for Pumas, an incredible collapse for Tijuana and what easily became a game of the year candidate.
Goals-Aviles Hurtado (Tijuana, 22′, 4th of tournament), Victor Malcorra (Tijuana, 61′, 2nd of tournament), Guido Rodriguez (Tijuana, 65′, 2nd of tournament), Nicolas Castillo (Pumas, 71′, 3rd of tournament), Pablo Barrera (Pumas, 76′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Castillo (81′, 2nd of game, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 6
Corner kicks-Pumas 7, Tijuana 5
Amarillas-Bryan Rabello, 68′, Javier Cortes, 77′), Tijuana 1 (Juan Valenzuela, 37′)
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 25,122 (52% capacity)
Pumas-at Queretaro (2/25)