Pachuca earned their second consecutive victory with a 1-0 win against Jaguares de Chiapas. The result extends Pachuca’s long home unbeaten streak to 22 games while the loss increases the pressure on Jaguares in the relegation fight.
Jaguares were looking to get their season off to a good start after their Jornada 1 game was rescheduled for February. The visitors created several good chances and Óscar “Conejo” Pérez displayed an athleticism that belied his 43 years as he made a pair of impressive saves.
Both goalkeepers had good nights, in fact, with Moisés Muñoz making some spectacular saves of his own at the other end.
But while Jaguares ultimately couldn’t break through, Pachuca eventually made their opportunities count. In the 41st minute, Rubén Botta gave the Tuzos the 1-0 lead with his powerful left-footed shot.
In the second half, Jaguares pushed for an equalizer and they came as close as hitting the crossbar. Pachuca was unable to add an insurance goal, which kept Jaguares in the game right until the end.
An end that came after an impressive 7 minutes of stoppage time – the result, in part, of a pair of pitch invasions. The game was interrupted first by a dog bounding around the field and then by a cat that calmly took a seat on the field near the 18-yard box.
With the 1-0 win, Pachuca reaches six points while Jaguares remain on zero.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, John Stefan Medina, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Víctor Guzmán (Erick Aguirre 76′), Jorge Hernández, Hirving Lozano, Rubén Botta (Roberto Alvarado 85′), Braian Rodríguez (Erick Gutiérrez 60′).
Jaguares: Moisés Muñoz, Bruno Pereira Pires, Juan Patiño (Félix Micolta 53′), Félix Araujo, Brayan Angulo, Luis Mendoza, Dieter Villalpando, Lucas Silva (Christian Bermúdez 77′), Mateus Goncalves, Vanderley Dias (Enrique Esqueda 60′), Jonathan Fabbro.