Pachuca got back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Tijuana. The result keeps the Tuzos perfect at home this season, while the Xolos saw their three-game winning streak and five-game unbeaten streak brought to an abrupt halt.
The game started of well for the hosts, who came out attacking and took the lead in the 9th minute. Jaine Barreiro, who scored not one but two own-goals in Pachuca’s loss last weekend, found some redemption as he headed home a corner kick to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
A set piece gave Pachuca their second goal as well. In the 14th minute, Edwin Cardona sent a free kick through the crowd, where an unmarked Leonardo Ulloa was waiting at the far post to knock the ball home. 2-0.
Tijuana struggled to react, with Gustavo Bou the only Xolos player who tested Alfonso Blanco, and the goalkeeper was easily able to handle everything that reached him.
Pachuca continued to dominate the game, and they added to their lead shortly after the restart. In the 48th minute, they scored from the run of play, with Cardona finishing off a breakaway after cutting past his defender to make it 3-0.
Minutes later, Cardona added a second of his own and a fourth for Pachuca with a low shot that went in off the post in the 52nd.
Tijuana had one or two chances to reduce the deficit, most notably in the 55th minute, when Ariel Nahuelpán saw his attempt blocked by the defense after Blanco had been drawn off his line, but in the end the visitors couldn’t find the breakthrough and Pachuca held on for a comfortable victory.
With the 4-0 win, Pachuca reaches 17 points while Tijuana still has 16.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Jaine Barreiro, Raúl López, Emmanuel García, Óscar Murillo, Víctor Guzmán, Edwin Cardona (Pablo López 69′), Erick Aguirre (Lautaro Bustos 77′), Jorge Hernández, Leonardo Ulloa (Ismael Sosa 69′), Franco Jara.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Luis Martínez (Diego González 45′), José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Jesús Angulo, Gustavo Bou (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 65′), Miler Bolaños (Eryc Castillo 75′), Ariel Nahuelpán.