Pachuca scored a stoppage-time goal to beat FC Dallas 3-1 in the second leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which puts the Tuzos through to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Pachuca came out looking to overturn the first-leg deficit in front of a packed house in the Estadio Hidalgo – where the Tuzos are in the midst of a long unbeaten streak in both CCL and league play. The game quickly lost its rhythm, however, with numerous fouls interrupting the flow of the game.
Then, in the 37th minute, Pachuca took the lead. Jonathan Urretaviscaya sent in a cross from the right and Franco Jara slipped around Walker Zimmerman to head the ball home. The goal tied the aggregate at 2-2 and gave Pachuca the advantage thanks to their first-leg away goal.
In the second half, Dallas looked for an away goal of their own and the visitors came close to tilting the balance of the series in the 61st minute. Kellyn Acosta sent in a good ball but Michael Barrios was unable to get the final touch to it.
Minutes later, Dallas had another good look through Zimmerman, but again it came to naught.
Then, in the 79th minute, Pachuca made it 2-0 (3-2 aggregate) through Hirving Lozano, whose shot from outside the box beat Chris Seitz to give the Tuzos what looked like a comfortable lead.
But Dallas kept pressing. Javier Morales entered the game in the 85th minute and immediately took a corner kick that ended in a Dallas goal. In the crowded box, Alfonso Blanco elected to punch rather than catch the ball; his partial clearance fell to Carlos Gruezo, who sent it back into the box for Cristian Colmán to head home.
With the aggregate and away goals both level, extra time appeared to be looming.
However, deep in stoppage time, Pachuca reclaimed the aggregate lead. Lozano sent the ball into the box; Víctor Guzmán and defender Maynor Figueroa jockeyed for position but neither actually managed to get a touch on the ball. It took a bounce and Seitz could do nothing but watch it enter the net.
With the 3-1 (4-3 aggregate) win, Pachuca advances to the final while Dallas is eliminated.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez, Víctor Guzmán, Franco Jara, Hirving Lozano.
Dallas: Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Hernán Grana, Roland Lamah, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta (Javier Morales 85′), Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 73′), Cristian Colmán, Maximiliano Urruti (Atiba Harris 94′).