Pachuca booked their spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-0 victory over Saprissa in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. A 0-0 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this game, and it was the Tuzos who took advantage.
A set piece gave Pachuca the lead in the 28th minute, with Víctor Guzmán appearing unmarked to make it 1-0. Just two minutes later, the Tuzos stunned Saprissa with a second goal, this time due to a bit of individual skill from Jonathan Urretaviscaya.
Conceding two goals in as many minutes took the wind out of Saprissa’s sails while Pachuca only grew in confidence.
In the second half, the hosts continued to add to their lead. The third goal arrived in the 68th minute when Franco Jara finished off a cross from Urretaviscaya, and the 3-0 scoreline essentially sealed Saprissa’s fate.
The Costa Ricans looked increasingly shaky and in the 79th minute Hirving Lozano pounced on a goalkeeping error to make it 4-0. Danny Carvajal was too lax with a back pass and “Chucky” was able to steal the ball and slide it into the empty net.
As if the scoreline were not enough, Saprissa then went down to 10 men late on with the ejection of Daniel Colindres after he picked up his second yellow of the game in the 86th minute.
With the 4-0 win (4-0 aggregate), Pachuca advances to the semifinals while Saprissa is eliminated. The Tuzos will face the winner of the FC Dallas/Árabe Unido series.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Víctor Guzmán (Francisco Figueroa 78′), Raúl López, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández (Erick Aguirre 74′), Hirving Lozano, Franco Jara (Braian Rodríguez 73′).
Saprissa: Danny Carvajal, Julio Cascante, Roy Miller, Heiner Mora, Dave Myrie, Marvin Angulo (Jaikel Medina 84′), Anderson Leite (Fabrizio Ronchetti 51′), Christian Martínez, Ulises Segura, Mariano Torres (Anllel Porras 86′), Daniel Colindres.