Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with a stoppage time goal by Puebla allowing the hosts to grab a 1-1 draw that will feel like a victory. The result keeps the Poblanos winless at home this season but unbeaten in two overall, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road but unbeaten in four overall.
Puebla started the game off strongly, with José Luis Sánchez Solá – “Chelis” – looking for a home win in his first game in charge of La Franja. Alejandro Chumacero looked dangerous in the attack, most notably forcing a good save out of Alfonso Blanco in the 18th minute.
But Pachuca grew into the game and began to control possession and the run of play as they kept the ball in Puebla’s defensive third. Their pressure paid off in the 31st minute as Raúl López got free on the right, took the ball towards the end line, and sent in a low cross for Franco Jara, who knocked it home to make it 0-1 for the Tuzos.
Puebla regrouped at the start of the second half, and Chumacero nearly tied it up right after the restart, only for his shot to go just wide. Then, in the 64th minute, Chumacero found Matías Alustiza in the box, but “el Chavo” was stopped by Blanco.
Pachuca responded with a quick counterattack that could have put the game away, but Jara failed to finish it off.
The Tuzos kept the ball largely in their attacking third, but they couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities while they had them, and it cost them in stoppage time. In the 92nd minute, Chumacero sent the ball into the box and Alustiza finished it off with a diving header that went in off the post to make it 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Puebla reaches nine points while Pachuca reaches 11.
Puebla: Nicolás Vikonis, Brayan Angulo, Luis Haquin (José Daniel Guerrero 77′), Daniel Arreola, Néstor Vidrio, Vladimir Loroña (Pablo González 71′), Alejandro Chumacero, Jesús Zavala, Lucas Cavallini, Omar Fernández (Alan Acosta 60′), Matías Alustiza.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Jaine Barreiro, Raúl López, Edwin Hernández, Óscar Murillo, Víctor Guzmán (Víctor Dávila 83′), Edwin Cardona, Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Erick Aguirre 70′), Franco Jara, Ismael Sosa (Francisco Figueroa 68′).