Pachuca got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Puebla. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in four while the Poblanos saw a two-game unbeaten streak halted as they remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts had the better of the attacking chances in the first half, with Erick Aguirre and Franco Jara particularly active, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Puebla was largely limited to counterattacking opportunities, with their best chance coming through Lucas Cavallini, but overall did little to trouble Alfonso Blanco in goal.
The Tuzos had a pair of chances to open the scoring late in the half, with Aguirre sending a shot just wide in the 31st minute and Víctor Guzmán forcing a good save out of Nicolás Vikonis with his diving header in the 35th, but the game remained 0-0 at halftime.
But then Pachuca found the breakthrough moments after the restart. In the 46th minute, Ángelo Sagal sent a cross into the box and Guzmán was there to head the Tuzos in front, 1-0.
The Tuzos continued to press as they looked to add an insurance goal. In the 56th minute, Jara came close with a free kick, but Vikonis made the save. The keeper was called into action soon after that, this time to deny Sagal, as he did his best to keep Puebla in the game.
The visitors then had an opportunity in the 63rd minute, with Brayan Angulo playing in Cavallini, but he couldn’t find the target.
Pachuca then made it 2-0 in the 76th minute, with Erick Gutiérrez sending his left-footed volley into the back of the net to give the Tuzos a more comfortable lead.
They had a chance to put the game to bed on a breakaway, but they couldn’t get the initial shot away and then Puebla’s defense regrouped to make a goal-line clearance on the follow-up.
Puebla came close to reducing the deficit in the waning moments with a header by Daniel Arreola, but Alfonso Blanco was able to knock it over the crossbar for a corner kick.
With the 2-0 win, Pachuca reaches eight points while Puebla still has seven.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Miguel Tapias, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez (Jaine Barreiro 69′), Alexis Peña, Víctor Guzmán, Erick Aguirre (Raúl López 76′), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Ángelo Sagal, Franco Jara (José Ulloa 57′).
Puebla: Nicolás Vikonis, Brayan Angulo, Daniel Arreola, Diego Cruz (José Francisco Torres 62′), Alonso Zamora, José Pallas, Alejandro Chumacero, Pablo González, José Daniel Guerrero (Francisco Acuña 54′), Lucas Cavallini, Cristian Palacios (Christian Tabó 53′).