If you were among those like me who thought Pumas did themselves in for the tournament with their undisciplined loss last week that cost them their head coach and top goal-scorer among others, you were so right. A depleted Pumas team visited a motivated Morelia team on life support and it added up to an embarrassing 4-0 blowout loss for the visitors. As was the case on several occasions this half, Raul Ruidiaz was again the hero for the hometown team, pacing Morelia with the second hat trick of this half but first since opening weekend-first converting a PENAL! in the 22nd minute, then adding 78th & 85th minute goals before being subbed out with a couple minutes left in the game. Andy Polo added the other Morelia goal in the second half. The loss eliminated Pumas from playoff contention as they played without top scorer Nicolas Castillo and coach Juan Pellerini, while Morelia improved its chances of survival beyond this year-the only way they can now be demoted is a loss in their final game combined with a Jaguares win. Morelia may need Ruidiaz to be the hero next week as Monarcas have to play for survival at Monterrey.
Goals-Raul Ruidiaz 3 (Morelia, 22′, Penalty Kick, 78′, 85′, 8th of tournament), Andy Polo (Morelia, 48′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Morelia 1, Pumas 1
Corner kicks-Pumas 8, Morelia 3
Amarillas-Pumas 3 (Alfredo Saldivar, 20′, Pablo Jaquez, 24′, Joscearlos Van Rankin, 66′), Morelia 2 (Emanuel Loeschbor, 9′, Carlos Sosa, 20′)
Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacan
Attendance; 31,123 (88.9% capacity)
Morelia-at Monterrey (5/6)