Pachuca remained unbeaten at home this season but lost the chance to go top of the table with tonight’s 3-3 draw against América. In an exciting game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, a late penalty leveled the match.
The Tuzos took the lead early on from a set piece. The hosts sent in a corner kick and the unfortunate Edson Álvarez headed the ball into his own net to give Pachuca the 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.
Five minutes later, it was 2-0. Franco Jara received the ball on the edge of the box and unhesitatingly sent his shot past Moisés Muñoz to give Pachuca what looked like a comfortable lead.
However, shortly before halftime América scored against the run of play, with Rubens Sambueza playing in Carlos Darwin Quintero – making his return after a long layoff due to a blood clot in his leg – who in turn found Silvio Romero. Romero sent his low shot past a diving Óscar Pérez to make it 2-1.
The Águilas seized the initiative in the second half, and they found the equalizer in the 71st minute. Quintero took the ball to the endline before cutting it back for Romero, who scored his second to tie the game 2-2.
Just three minutes later, Michael Arroyo gave América the 2-3 lead with a well-taken free kick.
It looked like América was going to claim all three points with a memorable comeback, but in the 84th minute Paolo Goltz was called for a foul on Rodolfo Pizarro in the box, and Franco Jara took and converted the ensuing penalty kick to level the game 3-3.
Despite the best efforts of both sides, neither team could find a winner in the final minutes.
With the 3-3 draw, Pachuca reaches 31 points while América reaches 28.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, John Stefan Medina, Raúl López, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Rodolfo Pizarro, Jorge Hernández (Pablo López 77′), Erick Gutiérrez (Víctor Guzmán 63′), Rubén Botta (Jonathan Urretaviscaya 68′), Franco Jara, Hirving Lozano.
América: Moisés Muñoz, Edson Álvarez, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar (Oribe Peralta 69′), Ventura Alvarado (Gil Burón 46′), Miguel Ángel Samudio, Renato Ibarra (Michael Arroyo 64′), Rubens Sambueza, William da Silva, Silvio Romero, Carlos Darwin Quintero.