An early goal and a late one gave Toluca their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Pachuca. That loss ends the Tuzos’ unbeaten start to the season and knocks them out of first place for the first time in the Apertura 2016.
Playing in the Estadio Alberto Chivo Córdoba while renovations continue at the Estadio Nemesio Diez, it took the Diablos Rojos just seconds to take the lead. Pachuca failed to clear their lines and Carlos Esquivel’s shot deflected past Óscar Pérez 20 seconds into the game.
Toluca looked the more dangerous team for the balance of the first half and they came close to adding a second goal through first Gerardo Rodríguez and then Esquivel again.
Pachuca went to their bench at halftime and then again in the 65th minute, looking to revitalize their attack, but Toluca’s defense stood firm and Luis García made the saves he needed to as the Tuzos were shutout for the first time this season.
While the deficit was just one goal, the visitors were always in the game, despite their misfiring attack; but then, in the 87th minute, Fernando Uribe – who had entered the game less than ten minutes earlier – guaranteed Toluca’s victory with his goal to make it 2-0.
With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches four points while Pachuca remains on nine.
Toluca: Luis García, Aldo Benítez, Osvaldo González, Paulo da Silva, Carlos Rodríguez, Carlos Esquivel, Antonio Ríos, Erbin Trejo, Rodrigo Gómez (Pablo Barrientos 86′), Ernesto Vega (Sinha 73′), Enrique Triverio (Fernando Uribe 79′).
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Simón Almeida (Mateus Goncalves 65′), John Stefan Medina, Jorge Hernández, Francisco Venegas (Juan José Calero 46′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Wilson Morelo (Erick Sánchez 65′).