Toluca complicated Pachuca’s playoff hopes with a 2-0 home victory. The result ends a two-game winless streak for the Diablos Rojos and keeps them unbeaten in five while the Tuzos have now lost back-to-back games.
The visitors had the better of the chances in the first half, but Alfredo Talavera had a great game in goal to keep Pachuca off the board. He had a little help from the woodwork as well, with the post denying Rubens Sambueza.
Toluca didn’t generate much going forward in the opening stanza, but they came out attacking in the second half. In the 52nd minute, they took the lead through Luis Donaldo Hernández, who pounced on a rebound to make it 1-0 for the Diablos.
Pachuca pressed for an equalizer, but Talavera continued to deny them. Then, in the final stages, Toluca added an insurance goal, with Felipe Pardo receiving a through ball in the box, drawing out Rodrigo Rey, and sending the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0 in the 84th minute.
Pachuca had a chance to reduce the deficit late on after they were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute for a handball on Hernández, but Talavera made the save on Franco Jara to preserve his clean sheet.
With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches 16 points while Pachuca still has 18.