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.