10-man Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as a stoppage-time goal gave Querétaro the come-from-behind 2-1 win. The result keeps the Gallos Blancos unbeaten in the Apertura and lifts them to the top of the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while the Tuzos remain winless.
The visitors started the game off strongly and they put Gil Alcalá to work early on, most notably in the 12th minute, when the keeper made a great point-blank save on Franco Jara to keep the game level. But the complexion of the game changed in the 16th minute when Pachuca went down to 10 men.
A scuffle between Edwin Cardona and Jesús Escoboza earned Cardona a yellow card, which, upon VAR review, was rescinded and replaced by a red for violent conduct due to Cardona hitting Escoboza in the head.
Querétaro went on the attack after that as they looked to make their numerical advantage count, and in the 30th minute they came close only for Rodrigo Rey to block a dangerous attempt by Ayron del Valle.
Then, in the 34th minute, Pachuca took the lead against the run of play. Rubens Sambueza sent a free kick into the box and Querétaro couldn’t clear it; Jonathan Copete sent an impressive bicycle kick towards goal, where Franco Jara deflected it in to make it 0-1 for the Tuzos.
The goal was originally given to Copete, but that was later revised to credit it to Jara, making it his 70th goal for Pachuca and making him the Tuzos’ all-time leading goalscorer.
Pachuca’s celebrations were cut short in the second half, however. Querétaro came closer and closer to a goal, and in the 75th minute they found the breakthrough. Alexis Pérez headed home a cross from Luis Romo to make it 1-1.
Pachuca held on as best they could, but they couldn’t quite escape with a point. Deep in stoppage time, in the 94th minute, Jair Pereira slotted the ball home at the far post to give Querétaro the 2-1 lead.
With the 2-1 win, Querétaro reaches 10 points while Pachuca still has one.