Pumas downs Honduras Progreso on second-half goals

Pumas' Saul Berjon looks to take on a Honduras Progreso defender (white jersey) during their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match in Mexico City on August 18, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY -- Eduardo Herrera and Saul Berjon scored in the second half to lift Pumas to a 2-0 victory over Honduras Progreso in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League encounter on Thursday at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar recorded the shutout, although he did not have much work as Pumas (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) took a commanding lead in Group A.  Honduras Progreso (0-0-1, 0) competed in its first-ever SCCL game.

Herrera netted his fifth SCCL career goal off a spectacular bicycle kick in the 65th minute.  He latched onto a right-wing cross from Pablo Barrera, chested the ball in the air and drilled a 14-yard effort with his right foot into the right side that goalkeeper Woodrow West appeared to touch slightly.

Two minutes into second-half stoppage time, Berjon scored an insurance goal.  Orlando Pineda started the sequence with a throw-in to Berjon, who played a quick wall pass with Fidel Martinez.  The 30-year-old Spaniard quickly unleashed a curling, 14-yard shot to the far right post.

Pumas did everything, but score in the first half.  The host laid siege on the Progreso net for a good portion of the period, forcing West to make several saves.  His best came only seconds after Martinez banged a 28-yard free kick off the crossbar in the ninth minute, denying Alfonso Nieto's effort off a rebound from close range.

Jorge Escamilla, a second-half substitute for UNAM, also smashed a shot off the bar in the 64th minute.

Leonardo Isaula took the Honduran side's first shot in the 34th minute, an off-target 30-yarder. Just ahead of halftime, Dilmer Gutierrez finally made Saldivar touch the ball as the custodian saved his attempt from distance.

Pumas won its group opener, 4-2, at DirecTV W Connection (0-0-1, 0) on August 2.

Group A play resumes on August 25, when W Connection hosts Honduras Progreso in a match that would keep the winner in close proximity to UNAM.