Pachuca snapped a two-game losing streak with an emphatic 0-4 away win against Puebla. The result gives the Tuzos their first victory of the Apertura 2019, while the Poblanos are still looking for their first win.
Pachuca didn’t take long to find the breakthrough, taking the lead in just the 6th minute. Jonathan Copete sent a perfect pass to Víctor Guzmán, who slipped in behind the defense and slotted his shot into the lower corner to make it 0-1.
Puebla looked for a response, and it seemed like they would get one in the 19th minute. After VAR review, the hosts were awarded a penalty after Brayan Angulo was fouled in the box. Daniel Arreola stepped up to take the PK, but Rodrigo Rey saved it to keep Pachuca in front.
Then, in the 25th minute, Pachuca captain Jorge Hernández was shown a straight red card for a foul on Lucas Cavallini, but after VAR the red was rescinded and replaced with a yellow as the Tuzos kept all 11 on the field.
Hernández then scored Pachuca’s second deep into stoppage time. The Tuzos had a series of chances and half-chances as Puebla never quite managed to clear their lines, before Hernández finished the play off with a rocket of a volley from outside the box to make it 0-2.
The scoring continued in the second half. In the 54th minute, Romario Ibarra made it 0-3 when he ran on to a pass behind the defense and beat Nicolás Vikonis. Puebla protested vociferously, as Franco Jara had been in an offside position when the ball was played and initially moved towards it; but he never actually touched the ball, and Ibarra was onside.
José Luis Chávez added an exclamation point to the win in the 75th minute as he received the ball inside the box, took a touch, and sent it past Vikonis to make it 0-4.
With the 0-4 win, Pachuca reaches four points while Puebla still has one.