FC Juárez earned their first away win of the season with a 0-1 victory against Pachuca. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Bravos, while the Tuzos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
The first half was a cagey affair, with neither side able to take advantage. Pachuca was perhaps a little rusty after a two-week layoff (with their bye week occurring just before the international break), while Juárez was well-organized and able to close down the spaces the hosts were trying to exploit.
It looked like the game would tilt in Pachuca’s favor at the end of the half, when Diego Rolán was given a red card for an elbow to Javier Hernández, but after VAR review the card was changed from red to yellow and Juárez kept all 11 players on the field.
Then, at the start of the second half, the visitors found the breakthrough, with Mauro Fernández lifting the ball over Rodrigo Rey to make it 0-1 for FC Juárez in the 46th minute.
Pachuca pressed forward in search of an equalizer, but they were stymied time and again with Edmundo Vázquez making a number of good saves to keep the Tuzos off the board.
Juárez appeared to have added an insurance goal late on, but Diego Rolán’s would-be goal was disallowed after VAR review. Despite a frenetic finale as Pachuca tried to take advantage of that reprieve to find an equalizer, Juárez held on to the lead.
With the 0-1 win, Juárez reaches 14 points while Pachuca still has 18.