10-man Tigres UANL scored late to earn a 3-2 victory against Pachuca. The result keeps the universitarios perfect at home this season as well as unbeaten in three overall, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road.
The hosts had chances early on, but Alfonso Blanco made several good saves to keep Tigres off the board. Pachuca had few chances of their own, although Emmanuel García did test Nahuel Guzmán in the 31st minute.
Tigres opened the scoring soon after that with a controversial play, as Eduardo Vargas appeared to have been in an offside position when Ismael Sosa played the ball to him. Nevertheless, the Chilean’s 36th-minute goal stood to give UANL the 1-0 lead.
Then, shortly before halftime, Javier Aquino made it 2-0 with another assist from Sosa.
Pachuca fought back in the second half, however. In the 47th minute, Ángelo Sagal reduced the deficit to 2-1 with his diagonal shot past Guzmán.
The Tuzos then suffered a serious setback as Víctor Guzmán had to leave the game injured and in some pain. Nevertheless, Pachuca managed to level the score late on with an 80th minute goal from Keisuke Honda, assisted by substitute Sebastián Palacios.
It looked like it would finish honors even; then, in the 83rd minute, André-Pierre Gignac restored Tigres’ lead. The hosts finished the game with 10 men after Luis Rodríguez received his second yellow card of the night in the 89th minute, but there wasn’t enough time for Pachuca to take advantage of their extra man.
With the 3-2 win, Tigres reach seven points while Pachuca still has four.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza (Jorge Torres Nilo 67′), Luis Rodríguez, Rafael Carioca, Javier Aquino, Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayán 88′), André-Pierre Gignac, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 64′).
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez, Óscar Murillo, Robert Herrera, Keisuke Honda, Víctor Guzmán (Erick Gutiérrez 60′), Erick Aguirre (Walter González 88′), Jorge Hernández, Ángelo Sagal, Franco Jara (Sebastián Palacios 71′).