Cruz Azul got their first home win of the season in style with a comprehensive 5-0 victory against Pachuca. The result snaps an eight-game winless streak for La Máquina, while the Tuzos have now lost two in a row.
The night started perfectly for the hosts, who went ahead in just the 3rd minute through Walter Montoya, who was played in by Édgar Méndez. Montoya got past Alexis Peña and then shot past Alfonso Blanco to make it 1-0 for Cruz Azul.
They quickly added two more. In the 7th minute, Méndez once again got the assist as he played the ball in for Felipe Mora, who made it 2-0. Then, just a minute later, Ángel Mena sealed the victory – with another assist from Méndez – as he made it 3-0 with a well-placed shot.
Pachuca was stunned by the early blitz. Diego Alonso went to his bench early on, taking out Emmanuel García and sending on Franco Jara as he looked to give the Tuzos a way back into the game.
Jara had a one-on-one chance with Jesús Corona, but the keeper made the save; Sebastián Palacios also had a good opportunity to reduce the deficit just before halftime, but he couldn’t convert.
Instead, in the second half Cruz Azul added to their lead. In the 65th minute, Méndez got on the scoresheet himself as he got into the box and made it 4-0.
Then, in the 77th minute, Ángel Mena scored his second of the night with a long-distance shot to give Cruz Azul the 5-0 lead.
The one sour note for the hosts was the ankle injury suffered by Enzo Roco that forced him out of the game.
With the 5-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches 11 points while Pachuca still has 14.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Enzo Roco (Julián Velázquez 73′), Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Flores, Adrián Aldrete, Francisco Silva, Walter Montoya (Javier Salas 60′), Ángel Mena, Édgar Méndez, Rafael Baca, Felipe Mora (Martín Cauteruccio 79′).
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Raúl Gómez, Emmanuel García (Franco Jara 24′), Óscar Murillo, Alexis Peña, Keisuke Honda, Ángelo Sagal (Christian Giménez 63′), Erick Aguirre, Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Walter González (Sebastián Palacios 53′).