Monterrey have put together a fantastic performance tonight at home, defeating UNAM Pumas 3-1 in the first leg of their tie in the 2011 Clausura's Liguilla playoffs. With all of Luis Peres, Aldo De Nigris, Sergio Santana, and Jesus Zavala unavailable, Pumas were expected to be superior to their opponents, especially in the center of midfield. In the end, that was not the case at all, and the Rayados were the better side throughout the proceedings.
The home side held a 2-0 lead at halftime, thanks to goals by Osvaldo Martinez and Walter Ayovi, who both scored on brilliant long range strikes. The Rayados strengthened their lead just after halftime, in the 47th minute, as Humberto Suazo tapped in a Martinez cross. Going into desperation mode, Pumas played slightly better after that. Martin Bravo scored in the 69th minute to give them hope going into the second leg, but they face a serious uphill battle.
Jehu Chiapas was sent off in the 85th minute for a second yellow card offense, and Suazo almost made their task impossible when he hit the crossbar, narrowly missing the goal on the ensuing free kick. Without Chiapas for the return leg, their task will be considerably tougher.