Pachuca took a 0-2 lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna fought back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Guerreros unbeaten in three, but ends their two-game winning streak, while the Tuzos are likewise unbeaten in three.
The visitors started the game off strongly and in the 7th minute Franco Jara hit the post as Pachuca came close to opening the scoring. However, it wasn’t until the 31st minute that the Tuzos were able to take the lead.
In the 31st minute, Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Víctor Guzmán combined before “Urreta” played the ball across the face of goal for Jara, who tapped it in to make it 0-1 for Pachuca.
Then, in the 35th minute, Jara found himself one-on-one with Jona Orozco but he couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity as he sent his shot against the post.
But in the 41st minute, the Tuzos made it 0-2 through Keisuke Honda, who scored with a beautiful curving shot from just inside the box to give Pachuca what looked like a comfortable lead.
However, Santos had other ideas. In the 42nd minute, Julio César Furch played in Djaniny, whose shot beat Alfonso Blanco to reduce the deficit to 1-2.
In the second half, both teams pressed forward as Pachuca looked to restore their two-goal cushion and Santos looked to tie the game. In the 61st minute, an error by Blanco allowed Santos to make it 2-2 as the goalkeeper got a hand to Djaniny’s shot but only turned it against the post and in to leave it all level.
The intensity of the game slowly waned after that and in the end neither team was able to claim a winning goal.
With the 2-2 draw, Santos reaches 16 points while Pachuca reaches 18.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Carlos Izquierdoz, Gerardo Arteaga, Néstor Araujo, Diego de Buen (Ulises Rivas 79′), Brian Lozano (Walter Gael Sandoval 45′), Jonathan Rodríguez (Ulises Dávila 75′), Osvaldo Martínez, Djaniny Tavares, Julio César Furch.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Emmanuel García, Robert Herrera, Óscar Murillo, Joaquín Martínez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Jorge Hernández, Erick Guitérrez (Germán Cano 75′), Keisuke Honda (Ángelo Sagal 86′), Víctor Guzmán, Franco Jara.