Pachuca scored early and often en route to a 4-1 victory against Tijuana. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while the Xolos are now winless in three and have lost four in a row on the road.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to get back on track in front of their home fans, and it didn’t take long for one of those attacking forays to pay off. In the 8th minute, Franco Jara was brought down in the box to earn Pachuca an early penalty kick. Jara took it himself and converted it to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
It didn’t take long for another set piece to give Pachuca another goal. In the 14th minute, Romario Ibarra got the final touch to a free kick, finishing a loose ball off at the far post to make it 2-0.
In the 26th minute, a corner kick gave Pachuca their third goal. Rubens Sambueza sent the service towards the back post, where it might’ve gone in on its own as an Olímpico had Víctor Guzmán not knocked it over the line.
With a 3-0 lead, the Tuzos were in complete control. Tijuana was completely unable to react to the onslaught and did little to trouble Rodrigo Rey at the other end.
In the second half, yet another set piece gave Pachuca yet another goal. In the 51st minute, Gibrán Lajud was called for a foul in the box as the Tuzos were awarded another penalty. This time Sambueza took it, but the result was the same: goal for Pachuca.
Tijuana was able to net a consolation goal in the 77th minute, though. Miler Bolaños hit the post with his shot from outside the box, and Ignacio Rivero finished off the rebound to reduce the deficit to 4-1.
The Xolos couldn’t fight back any further than that, though, while Pachuca had several more chances to run up the score.
With the 4-1 win, Pachuca reaches 12 points while Tijuana still has 11.