Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw in this game that finished 10 v 10. The result keeps the Rayos winless in four while the Tuzos snapped a two-game losing streak but remain winless in three.
Pachuca came out attacking as they looked to rebound from last weekend’s big loss. They had a good chance in just the 2nd minute through Keisuke Honda, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Necaxa then had a chance in the 9th minute through Dieter Villalpando, but no one got on the end of his service as the opportunity went begging.
The Rayos then suffered a blow just past the half-hour mark when Matías Fernández was given a straight red card for a hard foul on Erick Gutiérrez, leaving Necaxa to see out the game with just 10 men.
Minutes later, Pachuca took the lead from a set piece. Honda sent the free kick into the box and Gutiérrez finished it off to make it 0-1 for the Tuzos.
Pachuca controlled play for the rest of the half, but they couldn’t add to their lead. In the second half, Necaxa began to threaten more despite their numerical disadvantage, and Alfonso Blanco was forced into several good saves to keep Pachuca in front.
Then, in the 70th minute, Necaxa leveled the game. Luis Gallegos sent the ball into the box and Víctor Dávila finished it off to make it 1-1.
Pachuca looked to retake the lead, but their efforts fell short; the game ended on a further sour note for the visitors as Franco Jara was sent off with his second yellow card in the 89th minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Necaxa and Pachuca both reach 15 points.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Igor Lichnovsky, Ventura Alvarado, Matías Fernández, Dieter Villalpando, Roberto Alvarado, Víctor Dávila (Bryan Pabón 85′), Luis Gallegos, Fernando González (Xavier Báez 81′), Martín Barragán (Gerson Torres 62′).
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Joaquín Martínez, Óscar Murillo, Alexis Peña, Keisuke Honda (Walter González 76′), Erick Aguirre (Emmanuel García 39′), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández (Ángelo Sagal 71′), Erick Sánchez, Franco Jara, Sebastián Palacios.