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Pumas and Queretaro shared points in their first game of the 2015 Liga MX Clausura.
Queretaro were without Camilo Sanvezzo who is set to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Ronaldinho, meanwhile, had been left out after missing most of preseason due to personal problems.
Queretaro had shown their intent early on with veteran Sinha pulling the strings in the midfield, but it was Pumas who would shoot on target first. In the 6th minute, Javier Cortes volleyed from long distance but his shot went just wide of Hernandez’s goal.
Pumas continued their offense, and in the 17th minute, Ismael Sosa received the ball inside the box from a beautiful Daniel Ludueña pass to finish through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Pumas were soon forced to go on the defensive, and Queretero came close after Gil Buron forced Saldivar to a save.
The Universitarios had won only once in Ciudad Universitaria last season, and they headed into the half with the lead.
Queretaro looked to regroup for the second half, and they jumped on the attack from the first minute with two shots in quick succession from Villa and Pineda.
In the 50th minute, a quick shot-cross from the right-hand side turned into an Edgar Pacheco shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post for the equalizer.
Queretaro went close again, midway through the second half, when Danilinho escaped his marker for a one on one with the goalkeeper, but Saldivar got the best of the Brazilian forward with a brilliant stop.
Alfredo Saldivar was the standout player for the hosts. In the 71st minute, the Pumas goalkeeper picked up another good save on a Yasser Corona long distance rocket.
Two minutes later, Silvio Torales almost made it a dream debut with Pumas when he blasted a shot into the woodwork.
In the later stages of the game, the stalemate would remain.
Pumas will now face Chivas next week, and Queretaro will host Leones Negros.