Pachuca took a step towards the playoff places with a comprehensive 2-6 away win against Puebla. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while the Poblanos have now lost four in a row.
Puebla had a few early chances, but Pachuca soon took control of the game. The visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute through Keisuke Honda, who received the ball in the box and fired past Moisés Muñoz to make it 0-1.
In the 38th minute, Sebastián Palacios made it 0-2 with an assist from Erick Gutiérrez as the Argentinian scored the first of his four goals on the night.
Puebla made a halftime sub as they looked to get back into the game, but just seconds after the restart Palacios made it 0-3 with a show of individual skill as he beat first defender Hugo Rodríguez and then Muñoz.
Then Honda scored his second of the night with a shot from outside the box to give Pachuca the 0-4 lead.
Alejandro Chumacero pulled a goal back for Puebla in the 63rd minute, but just two minutes later Palacios restored Pachuca’s four-goal advantage as he made it 1-5.
Then, in the 71st minute, Puebla got on the board again as Lucas Cavallini finished off a cross from Brayan Angulo to make it 2-5. But Cavallini then received a red card in the 76th minute to leave Puebla with just 10 men, and a comeback was not in the cards.
Instead, in stoppage time, Palacios made it 2-6 to put the exclamation mark on a big win for the Tuzos.
With the 2-6 win, Pachuca reaches 18 points while Puebla still has 17.
Puebla: Moisés Muñoz, Brayan Angulo, Diego Cruz (Pedro Goulart 85′), Alonso Zamora, Hugo Isaác Rodríguez, Francisco Acuña (Erik Pimentel 52′), José Daniel Guerrero, Francisco Torres (Christian Marrugo 45′), Christian Tabó, Lucas Cavallini, Alejandro Chumacero.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez, Alexis Peña, Robert Herrera (Christian Giménez 79′), Keisuke Honda, Ángelo Sagal (Franco Jara 79′), Erick Aguirre (Omar González 68′), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Sebastián Palacios.