Despite a missed penalty kick, Pachuca improved to 2-0-0 on the season with a 0-2 away win against Jaguares de Chiapas. The loss leaves Jaguares still looking for their first win, their first point, and their first goal.
The Tuzos came out attacking as they looked to build on last weekend’s 5-1 victory over León, but Óscar Jiménez did well to keep the attacking trio of Hirving Lozano, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, and Franco Jara off the board.
Chiapas had several good chances of their own and the final chance of the half was theirs. However, Jaguares were unable to capitalize on a mistake by “Conejo” Pérez, who came off his line and failed to clear the ball; Omar González was back on the line to clear away the ensuing shot by Alonso Escoboza.
The breakthrough came in the 65th minute, when defender John Stefan Medina finished off a corner kick to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Pachuca then had a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the 82nd minute, when Jiménez was called for a foul on “Chucky” Lozano in the box. The decision, by referee Jonathan Hernández – making his Liga MX debut – was a controversial one, but in the end it didn’t affect the game as Jiménez saved Wilson Morelo’s penalty kick.
That save briefly re-energized Jaguares, who pushed numbers forward in search of an equalizer. However, in the 91st minute Morelo atoned for his missed PK by heading home Pachuca’s second of the night to put the game away.
With the 0-2 win, Pachuca reaches six points while Jaguares remain on zero.
Jaguares: Óscar Jiménez, Luis Gerardo Venegas, Bruno Pereira Pires, Juan Patiño, William Paredes, Luis Mendoza (José Ayoví 62′), Diego de la Torre (Dieter Villalpando 89′), Egidio Arévalo, Alonso Escoboza, Martín Zúñiga (Adrián Marín 52′), Javier Orozco.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, John Stefan Medina, Omar González, Emmanuel García, Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez (Víctor Guzmán 79′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Erick Aguirre (Rodolfo Pizarro 65′), Hirving Lozano, Franco Jara (Wilson Morelo 56′).