Toluca took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat Pachuca 2-1. The result gets the Diablos Rojos back to winning ways after last week’s surprise loss – they now have four wins in their last five – while the Tuzos have now lost two of their last three.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, with Toluca taking the lead in just the 3rd minute. Luis Quiñones played in Alexis Vega, who saw his shot saved by Óscar Pérez. But the rebound fell to Alexis Canelo, who sent it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the Diablos.
But Pachuca responded quickly, and in the 10th minute they leveled the game. Emmanuel García sent in a good cross for Leonardo Ulloa, who headed it past Luis García to make it 1-1.
The game continued at a good pace, with both teams looking for a second goal. Toluca came close through Vega, whose header hit the woodwork, but the afternoon took a turn for the worse for the hosts in the 36th minute.
Jorge Hernández tackled the ball away from William da Silva, who put his studs into Hernández’s thigh. With both players rolling around on the ground, referee Diego Montaño pulled out a red card, which he initially showed to “Burrito”; but after communication from his assistant, the red was rescinded and shown instead to Da Silva, leaving Toluca to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men.
That ultimately proved to be no impediment to the hosts. Pachuca was unable to take advantage of their extra man to take the lead, and just when it seemed the game was destined to end in a 1-1 draw, Toluca scored.
In the 84th minute, Pachuca failed to clear their lines and Luis Quiñones sent an arcing shot into the far corner to make it 2-1 with his golazo.
With the 2-1 win, Toluca reaches 22 points while Pachuca still has 15.
Toluca: Luis García, Omar Tobio, Santiago García, Cristian Borja, Rodrigo Salinas, William da Silva, Antonio Ríos, Luis Quiñones, Luis Mendoza (Adrián Mora 87′), Ernesto Vega (Iván Acero 91′), Alexis Canelo (Adolfo Domínguez 80′).
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Miguel Tapias, Raúl López, Emmanuel García (Christian Giménez 62′), Óscar Murillo, Alexis Peña, Erick Aguirre, Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Víctor Guzmán 62′), Ángelo Sagal (Franco Jara 72′), Leonardo Ulloa.