Pachuca earned the biggest league win in their history with a 9-2 thumping of Veracruz. The result keeps the Tuzos perfect at home this season, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless in the Clausura 2019.
Pachuca dominated the game from the beginning, and they found the breakthrough in the 16th minute. Franco Jara sent a cross to the far post and Leonardo Ulloa headed it home to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
Minutes later, Víctor Guzmán came within inches of a golazo, only to be denied by the crossbar. But that was only a temporary reprieve for Veracruz; before long, Pachuca found a second, with Ulloa getting on the board again in the 24th minute, this time with a diving header.
Three minutes after that, Franco Jara made it 3-0 with a header of his own; then, in the 30th minute, Ulloa received a through ball and played it back to Guzmán, who made it 4-0 with his shot into the empty net.
A shell-shocked Veracruz continued to collapse, allowing a fifth goal just two minutes after that; in the 32nd minute, Raúl López brought down a cross and beat Sebastián Jurado to make it 5-0.
Veracruz made two substitutions in the 37th minute as they looked to stop the bleeding, and they then managed to pull a goal back in the 39th minute, with Diego Chávez finding himself unmarked at the back post to make it 5-1.
But Pachuca got on the board again before halftime, with Edwin Cardona making it 6-1 in the 44th minute with his low shot to the far post.
The onslaught continued in the second half, with Jara scoring his second and Pachuca’s seventh from the penalty spot in the 55th minute, moving him within three goals of becoming the Tuzos’ all-time leading scorer.
Veracruz looked to have summoned a bit of a reaction in the 70th minute when Adrián Luna put the ball into the net, but after consulting VAR the goal was disallowed for a foul in the buildup.
The Tiburones did manage to reduce the deficit in the 80th minute, when Colin Kazim-Richards pounced on a wayward pass and took the ball into the box to make it 7-2, but they still couldn’t shore up their defense and Pachuca soon got on the scoresheet yet again.
Guzmán scored his second of the game in the 83rd minute to make it 8-2, and then in the 88th minute Ulloa finished off his hat-trick when he headed home a free kick to give the Tuzos the definitive 9-2 lead.
With the 9-2 win, Pachuca reaches 24 points while Veracruz still has four.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Jaine Barreiro, Raúl López, Emmanuel García, Óscar Murillo (Efraín Orona 45′), Víctor Guzmán, Edwin Cardona, Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Erick Aguirre 69′), Leonardo Ulloa, Franco Jara (Raúl Castillo 59′).
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Luis Caicedo, Jesús Paganoni, Edson García, Carlos Gutiérrez, Luis Noriega (Colin Kazim-Richards 62′), Sebastián Rodríguez, Rodrigo López (Luis Bonilha 37′), Diego Chávez, Bryan Carrasco, Ronaldo Prieto (Adrián Luna 37′).