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Guadalajara Vs Pumas UNAM Prediction Guadalajara finished the league stage with better results than Pumas so they should be considered the favourites to win this weekend. In the quarterfinals, the winner will play Cruz Azul against Club Necaxa.
Guadalajara beat Pumas in last month’s league. Although they didn’t have as many shots at goal as the other teams, the home team managed to win 3-1.
Alexis Vega scored the home side’s first goal to give them a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Rogerio scored a goal for the away team just before the hour mark, sparking a comeback. However Jesus Ricardo Angulo quickly ended that effort a few minutes later. Guadalajara was able to regain their two-goal advantage when he scored Guadalajara’s third goal.
Recent meetings between the two sides have always been close. Three of their last five meetings ended in draw. Guadalajara won both of the previous games, and they will continue their unbeaten streak against Pumas UNAM.
The last time Pumas won against Guadalajara was back in 2019. Luis Quintana and Carlos Gonzalez scored two goals each for Guadalajara, while Gael Sandoval was the one to score from the penalty spot. The game ended at 2-1.
Guadalajara Wants to Keep their Excellent Run Going
Guadalajara crafted one of the most impressive recovery stories in the season to get them to the playoffs. The team moved from third to sixth in the league table with four wins. They finished the season with 6th place. This was the same score as Club America (4th), which had to recover from a bad start.
Ricardo Cadena’s team was struggling at the bottom but had a remarkable comeback. They had picked up only 14 points from 13 matches when their impressive run started in the league.
Turning Things Around with a Win Cruz Azul was the team Guadalajara defeated in the last four matches. Cristian Calderon’s goal was the only one of the match to keep his team alive in their playoff bids. Guadalajara’s Alexis Vega received a red card in the middle of the second period, but the team managed to win.
Club Tijuana took the lead at Guadalajara after Hiram Mier put the ball into the back of his own net in the 12th minute. The players did not let their heads drop and fought back well to equalize in the 38th minute via Jesus Ricardo Angulo.
VAR then denied the home side a penalty in the 52nd minute, but it did not prove to be vital as Pavel Perez scored minutes later to hand them the lead. Guadalajara scored the goal to take the lead and move towards the top of the table with the score at 2-1.
Beating Pumas in order to arrange a meeting between Pumas
Pumas Unam were stunned by their dominating performances. Alexis Vega gave them an early lead, before Roberto Alvarado made it double at the half. Rogerio pulled one back for Pumas but Jesus Ricardo Angulo scored again to stop the away team from scoring any points.
Guadalajara won the game and moved within striking distance of the top 4. To finish fourth in the table, they needed Club America to lose points and Puebla win against Club Necaxa.
Things went their way, with Club America dropping points and Puebla losing points. However, they couldn’t score more than one goal against Club Necaxa. Guadalajara’s Miguel Ponce won the match in the final minutes to secure the win and lift them up six places in the league from an almost impossible place.
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Pumas UNAM Must Put the League Form behind and Refocus
Pumas UNAM Will not be pleased with how their league stage ended. They barely managed to keep in the playoff spots.
After winning their first five matches, Andres Lillini’s team seemed to have lost focus on the CONCACAF Champions League. The Mexican team made it through to the final, but lost 5-2 to the Seattle Sounders on aggregate.
They managed only three wins in the league, leaving them in an impossible situation going into the final match of the season. They picked up 2 wins and 2 losses in their last 5 matches.
A long and tough path to qualification
Pumas UNAM managed to hold Cruz Azul to a goalless draw, despite going down to 10 men right after the hour mark. After Azul’s last foul, Arturo Ortiz received the marching orders.
Pumas were down to 10 men once again when they faced Monterrey in the next fixture. Juan Dinenno received the red card just before the half-time break when VAR intervened in support of the referee. Washington Corozo, however, came from the bench and became a hero for Pumas. He scored two goals in injury time which helped them win 2-0.
Pumas needed at least three points in their three previous games to reach the playoffs. The opponents they faced were relatively easy to handle and it should have been possible to win the title with no problems. They suffered two back-to-back defeats to Guadalajara and Atletico de San Luis, which left them with a difficult situation heading into the final day.
They faced Pachuca, who were table-toppers. Fortunately for them, their manager had made some changes to the team.
Pumas won the match against Pachuca, but were unable to score in front of goal. The Pumas were unable create any chances, and they had to just sit down as the Pachuca tried to strike at every chance.
Juan Dinenno was able to end the deadlock at the hour mark, and calm down the Pumas’ nerves. They were back in the playoff spots and just needed to hold on for another 30 minutes to seal the win. Dinenno was quick to add another in the 70th minute to get them the much-needed win and help Pumas finish 11th in the table.
Andres Lillini’s men will not be allowed to get another chance in the knockout stages. They must treat each game as if it were their last. They’ll be determined to rectify the mistakes that cost them against Guadalajara during the league stage.
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How to Watch Guadalajara vs Pumas UNAM
Guadalajara vs Pumas UNAM Information Teams Guadalajara vs Pumas UNAM Location Estadio Omnilife Time Sunday, May 8 at 8. 15pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes