Querétaro earned a 0-1 away win against Pachuca to mathematically eliminate the Tuzos from playoff contention. The result keeps the Gallos Blancos unbeaten in two while Pachuca remains winless in two.
Pachuca needed a win here to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they came out attacking from the opening whistle. But although the Tuzos dominated possession, Querétaro defended well and the visitors were able to keep them off the board.
In the 18th minute, Jaime Gómez cut out a cross before Erick Gutiérrez could set up his shot; in the 33rd minute, Tiago Volpi did well to save a powerful shot by Franco Jara.
Then, in the second half, Querétaro stuck a dagger in Pachuca’s hopes with a 53rd-minute goal by Yerson Candelo. The Tuzos lost the ball in midfield and Querétaro’s counterattack proved effective as Candelo beat Óscar Pérez to make it 0-1.
Pachuca continued to press forward with intent, and they very nearly tied the game just two minutes later, but Volpi was once again there to make the save, this time on a point-blank attempt by Keisuke Honda.
The Brazilian keeper was the man of the match for Querétaro as he repeatedly denied Pachuca the breakthrough and ended their hopes of making the postseason.
With the 0-1 win, Querétaro reaches 15 points while Pachuca still has 18.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Joaquín Martínez, Robert Herrera (Omar González 79′), Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Ángelo Sagal 68′), Jorge Hernández (Germán Cano 68′), Erick Gutiérrez, Keisuke Honda, Víctor Guzmán, Franco Jara.
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Hiram Mier, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Alexis Pérez, Jaime Gómez, Yerson Candelo (George Corral 90′), Édgar Benítez (Jonathan Bornstein 81′), Javier Güémez, Aldo Arellano, Everaldo Stum (Paolo Yrizar 75′), Camilo Sanvezzo.