Early in this Apertura 2009 season, every club seems to be kicking Pumas while they are down. On Friday, Bruno Marioni and Estudiantes took their turn.
Marioni scored three goals as Estudiantes beat Pumas 3-0 in Estadio 3 de Marzo. The win moved Tecos to seven points while Pumas have now lost all five of their games this season.
Estudiantes took charge of the match from the start as Pumas continued to look lost and the shell of a club that not too long ago had its way with the rest of the league. Just 17 minutes in, Estudiantes broke apart Pumas' defense and Marioni capitalized.
Rubens Sambueza beat Marco Antonio Palacios and dribbled into the penalty area. As Leandro Augusto ran out to try and stop Sambueza, the Chilean pushed a shot on goal. Pumas' Sergio Bernal knocked the ball away but the rebound fell to the front of the goal. Marioni muscled past a Pumas defender and hit the ball into the back of the net with his knee.
In the 32nd minute, Pumas gave away a horrid penalty kick. Mauro Cejas sent a corner kick into the penalty area. Pumas defender Efrain Velarde inexplicably raised his arm and batted the ball away. Estudiantes were awarded a penalty kick and Marioni stepped to the spot. Marioni ripped a left-footed laser beam into the back of the net as Bernal had no chance of stopping the shot.
Pumas had little response for the rest of the half as the writing was on the wall.
Marioni saved his best for last. Just 12 minutes into the second half, Marioni scored a splendid goal. Joel Sanchez carried the ball toward the penalty area and slipped a pass to the left corner of the area. From outside the box, Marioni chipped the ball over Bernal. Marioni did not bother to control the ball as he knocked a left-footed chip over Bernal's head. Bernal stood flat-footed as the ball sailed over his head and into the back of the net.
Pumas had little in response save for a shot by Dario Veron that threatened Estudiantes' goal.
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