León appeared to have taken the lead just minutes in, but the would-be goal was controversially disallowed. In the 5th minute, Ismael Sosa received the ball in the box but had it taken away before he could shoot; however, failed to clear it and Sosa won the ball back and put it into the net, only for a foul to be called.
Minutes later, José Juan Macías hit the post as León continued to look dangerous. In the 12th minute, they had the ball in the net again – and this time it counted.
Joel Campbell took the ball to the end line and cut it in for Sosa; his shot was blocked by Óscar Murillo, but Sosa put away the rebound to make it 0-1 for La Fiera.
Pachuca looked to respond and they grew into the game, creating a few chances that caused trouble for Rodolfo Cota, but they couldn’t put any away.
In the 35th minute, León won a penalty kick after VAR review of a foul in the box, and Macías put it away to make it 0-2 for the visitors.
Pachuca had chances to reduce the deficit either side of halftime; Jonathan Copete saw a simple chance go begging, and then Edwin Cardona hit the crossbar. Then, in the 70th minute, Carlos Guerrero was given a red card, leaving León to see out the remaining 20 minutes with 10.
Pachuca looked to take advantage of their extra player, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 77th minute. A foul in the box gave the Tuzos a penalty kick of their own, and Franco Jara converted it to make it 1-2.
But they weren’t able to go on to find an equalizer; instead, substitute Leonardo Ramos put the game away for León with his goal in the 88th minute.
With the 1-3 win, León reaches three points while Pachuca still has zero.