Both teams had the lead at one time or another in this back-and-forth game, but in the end Veracruz and Pachuca had to settle for a 3-3 draw. The Tiburones Rojos will be heartened by the good play they showed in their Apertura debut (after having had a bye week in Jornada 1), while the Tuzos remain winless this season.
Pachuca was looking to avoid a second straight defeat, and they started this one off well. Franco Jara gave them the lead in the 8th minute as he drove into the area, cut around his defender, and sent his shot past the sprawling Sebastián Jurado to make it 0-1. That goal also tied Jara with Gabriel Caballero as Pachuca’s all-time leading goalscorer with 69.
But Veracruz responded strongly and soon had the game turned around. In the 15th minute, Veracruz worked the ball into the box from the right and Iván Santillán applied the final touch to make it 1-1.
The equalizer swung the momentum firmly Veracruz’s way, and they kept pressing in search of a go-ahead goal. They found it in the 36th minute, when Colin Kazim-Richards beat Óscar Murillo to a high cross, brought it down, and beat Rodrigo Rey to make it 2-1 for the Tiburones.
The hosts took the lead into halftime, but Pachuca came out re-energized in the second 45.
In the 51st minute, the Tuzos tied it up 2-2 when Víctor Guzmán sent his shot from outside the box into the lower corner with the keeper caught off-guard.
Then, in the 57th minute, Jonathan Copete subbed in to make his debut with Pachuca; three minutes later, he scored to give them the 2-3 lead.
Veracruz responded by going to their bench as well. Diego Chávez came on in the 63rd minute, and he scored in the 68th, heading home a corner kick to make it 3-3.
The game continued to be end-to-end as both teams looked to reclaim the lead. Veracruz came close with another corner, but this time Chávez saw his header go over the bar; in the end, the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 3-3 draw, Veracruz and Pachuca both reach three points.