Pachuca remained perfect in the Apertura 2016 with a 1-0 win against Necaxa. The victory also keeps the Tuzos’ eight-month home unbeaten streak alive. As for Necaxa, the Rayos are still looking for their first win – and first goal – of the season.
Pachuca put out a semi-alternative lineup due to the numerous absences caused by the Olympics and injuries, but the game still started at an intense pace. The visitors had the first chance of the match through Edson Puch, but Óscar Pérez made the save.
Then, in the 17th minute, Raúl López tried his luck, but Marcelo Barovero was able to keep it out. Jorge Hernández gave Necaxa a real scare in the 27th minute, when his long-distance attempt hit the woodwork.
The breakthrough finally came in the 37th minute. Jonathan Urretaviscaya played in John Stefan Medina, who controlled the ball well before chipping the keeper to make it 1-0.
Necaxa made a halftime substitution as they looked to get back into the game and in the 54th minute they had another attempt through Puch, only for the ball to deflect out.
Pachuca had chances but was unable to put the game away, while Necaxa fought until the final whistle for an equalizer that just wouldn’t come.
With the 1-0 win, Pachuca reaches nine points while Necaxa remains on two.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jorge Hernández, John Stefan Medina, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Simón Almeida (Mateus Goncalves 60′), Iván Ochoa (Juan Calero 68′), Wilson Morelo (Francisco Venegas 76′).
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Erik Vera, Diego Riolfo (Alejandro Díaz 46′), Manuel Iturra, Xavier Baez (Jesús Gómez 69′), Luis Gallegos, Edson Puch, Claudio Riaño (Rodrigo Prieto 63′).