Toluca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-1 victory against Pachuca. The result is a third straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Tuzos saw their four-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The hosts suffered an early setback as Maximiliano Perg had to be subbed out due to injury just five minutes into the game, but the enforced change in the back didn’t affect Toluca’s play. Pachuca was well-organized defensively, however, and the Diablos were largely limited to shots from outside the box.
At the other end, Erick Gutiérrez caused some problems for Toluca’s defense, but he was unable to find the breakthrough.
Then, in the 30th minute, Toluca took the lead. Rubens Sambueza started the play along the left side, and after some good team play involving Cristian Borja, Luis Quiñones, and Pablo Barrientos, Fernando Uribe knocked the ball home to make it 1-0.
Pachuca immediately looked for a response and they forced a few saves out of Talavera, but Toluca was able to take the lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Tuzos tied the game. Keisuke Honda sent in a corner kick and some miscommunication between Talavera and his defense allowed Alexis Peña to head the ball into the net to make it 1-1 in the 51st minute.
The hosts were able to retake the lead in the 67th minute, however, with Alexis Canelo just keeping the ball in play as he headed it back across goal for Quiñones to make it 2-1.
Pachuca pressed for a second equalizer, but they were unable to find one despite a few good opportunities.
With the 2-1 win, Toluca reaches 18 points while Pachuca still has 14.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Maximiliano Perg (Santiago García 6′), Osvaldo González, Cristian Borja, Rodrigo Salinas, Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Leonel López (Alexis Canelo 46′), Pablo Barrientos, Fernando Uribe (Juan Delgadillo 72′), Luis Quiñones.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Raúl López, Emmanuel García, Óscar Murillo, Alexis Peña, Keisuke Honda, Ángelo Sagal, Erick Aguirre (Kekuta Manneh 82′), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández (Erick Sánchez 86′), Walter González (Franco Jara 65′).