Pachuca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Tigres UANL. The result ends a three-game winless run for the Tuzos, while Tigres have now lost three in a row, all by identical 1-0 margins.
Pachuca dominated the first half and it took them just six minutes to open the scoring. That was when Hirving Lozano switched the field to Jonathan Urretaviscaya, whose cross into the box was headed home by Franco Jara to make it 1-0.
The Tuzos had chances to add to their lead, such as when Víctor Guzmán’s shot from distance took a tricky deflection, but goalkeeper Aarón Fernández was able to make the save. A minute after that, they had another opportunity through Jara, but again the goalkeeper was alert to the danger.
Tigres’ first chance of note came in the 26th minute, when André-Pierre Gignac tried his luck from midfield and hit the crossbar with Óscar Pérez beaten.
In the second half, the game leveled out, but a 64th-minute red card for Javier Aquino, who was given his second yellow for a foul on Raúl López, made the rest of the game an uphill slog for the visitors.
With the 1-0 win, Pachuca reaches 11 points while Tigres still has four.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Víctor Guzmán, Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez, Hirving Lozano, Franco Jara (Roberto Alvarado 85′).
Tigres: Aarón Fernández, Jesús Dueñas, Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jürgen Damm (Luis Quiñones 76′), Guido Pizarro, Lucas Zelarayán, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Eduardo Vargas 46′), André-Pierre Gignac.