In a game filled with refereeing controversy, 10-man Pachuca held on for a 3-2 victory against Toluca. The result keeps the Tuzos perfect at home this season, while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off perfectly for Pachuca, who won a penalty kick in the second minute. Franco Jara was taken down in the box, and he then converted the ensuing penalty to give the Tuzos the 1-0 lead in the 5th minute.
Pablo López then added to Pachuca’s lead in the 21st minute with a low shot from the left that went right under Alfredo Talavera to make it 2-0, and it looked like the Tuzos were on their way to a comfortable home win.
But Toluca soon reduced the deficit, with Omar Tobio heading home a corner kick in the 27th minute to make it 2-1.
That goal gave the Diablos Rojos a way back into the game, and they pressed hard for the rest of the half as they looked to unbalance Pachuca. But just moments into the second half, Edwin Cardona added a third for the hosts to once again give them a two-goal cushion: 3-1.
But in the 53rd minute, referee Jorge Isaác Rojas called a penalty in favor of the visitors and Pablo Barrientos converted the spot kick to make it 3-2.
Then, in the 60th minute, Rojas pointed to the penalty spot once again, and also showed Jaine Barreiro a red card; however, after consulting VAR, both of those decisions were changed, leaving the teams 11 vs 11 and the score 3-2.
But in the 79th minute, Óscar Murillo was sent off, and that time VAR couldn’t keep Pachuca at full strength. Toluca threw numbers forward in the final 10 minutes as they looked to take advantage of their extra player to tie the game, and Alfonso Blanco made a pair of important saves to keep Pachuca ahead.
With the 3-2 win, Pachuca reaches 20 points while Toluca still has 14.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Jaine Barreiro, Raúl López, Emmanuel García, Óscar Murillo, Víctor Guzmán, Edwin Cardona (Miguel Ángel Tapias 81′), Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Erick Aguirre 45′), Leonardo Ulloa, Franco Jara (Joaquín Martínez 87′).
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Omar Tobio, Santiago García (Kevin Castañeda 87′), Richard Ruíz, Rodrigo Salinas, Jonatan Maidana, Antonio Ríos (Enrique Triverio 74′), Federico Mancuello, Pablo Barrientos (Luis Mendoza 60′), Alan Medina, Emmanuel Gigliotti.