Perhaps as punishment for the team's lack of success in league, Pumas used their top players in a CONCACAF Champions League match in San Pedro Sula against Real España.
The Hondurans were none too pleased. Pumas' top players thrashed Real España by 5-1.
Winless in league, Pumas have now won both of their CONCACAF Champions League matches.
Pablo Barrera made Real España's defense look bad right from the start. In the 12th minute, Leandro Augusto fed Barrera the ball around the middle of the field. Barrera took off towards Real España's penalty area and knifed through the heart of the hosts' defense. Barrera was virtually untouched as he carried the ball into the penalty area and chipped 'keeper Marcelo Antonio Macias.
In the 24th minute, Pumas were awarded a penalty kick, which actually ended up being Real España's biggest highlight of the match. Jehu Chiapas was hauled down inside the penalty area, and Dante Lopez stepped up to take the penalty kick. Lopez ripped a potent shot on goal but Macias dived and made the save.
Efrain Velarde and Chiapas combined for the eventual game-winning goal. In the 43rd minute, Velarde sent a well-struck ball into the penalty area and Chiapas ran onto the ball and knocked a shot past Macias and into the back of the net.
Real España got back into the game, albeit briefly, early in the second half. Carlos Pavon finished off a flurry of passes from near the front of the goal and the hosts sliced the lead in half.
But the momentum would not last long, despite Real España's persistence. Lopez atoned for his earlier penalty kick miss, and then some. In the 64th minute, Lopez powered a header into the back of the net off a corner kick from Barrera.
Lopez scored a second goal just three minutes later. Augusto slipped a ball into the penalty area from the left flank and Lopez, unmarked and charging on goal, fired a 15-yard laser into the back of the net.
Lopez completed his hat trick in the 82nd minute when he took a ball from Martin Bravo, dribbled past a defender and knocked a shot into the back of the net.
Pumas will hope the momentum carries over into league play when the club hosts lowly Queretaro on Sunday.
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