Atlas extended their home unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory against Pachuca. The Tuzos are now winless in six and goalless in the same span, although tonight they had the excuse of resting a number of starters with an eye towards Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League final.
The first half was a largely even affair, with both teams looking to strengthen their positioning in the playoff race. The visitors had the first clear chance in the 28th minute, when Hirving Lozano found Erick Aguirre in the box, but Brayan Garnica was there to clear the ball with the goalkeeper beaten.
In the first leg of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final, Tigres UANL and Pachuca drew 1-1, which leaves this series delicately balanced ahead of next week’s decisive second leg.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League is just two games away from its conclusion, and for the 12th straight year, the tournament winner will be a Mexican team; the last non-Mexican team to lift the trophy was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.
This year’s CCL final pits Tigres UANL against Pachuca.
The Tuzos have reached the final four times, and they have won each time, in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009-10. Tigres UANL has never won; they reached the final last year, in the 2015-16 edition, but fell 4-1 to América.
Pachuca’s goal drought has now stretched to five games as the Tuzos drew 0-0 with 10-man Chivas de Guadalajara. The result keeps Pachuca unbeaten at home this season but winless in five overall, while Chivas is now winless in two.
The hosts started the game off brightly as they looked to snap their poor run of form in front of their home crowd. But Rodolfo Cota was alert to the danger and the Chivas netminder turned into the star of the game for the visitors as he made a number of impressive saves to keep the game goalless.
Neither side could find the breakthrough as Pachuca and Monarcas Morelia played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tuzos winless – and goalless – in four, although they remain unbeaten at home this season. Morelia remains winless in three but unbeaten in six with the draw.
The visitors had the first few chances of the game, with Raúl Ruidíaz in particular looking dangerous, but around the 20th minute Pachuca began to take control of the game.
Pachuca scored a stoppage-time goal to beat FC Dallas 3-1 in the second leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which puts the Tuzos through to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Pachuca came out looking to overturn the first-leg deficit in front of a packed house in the Estadio Hidalgo – where the Tuzos are in the midst of a long unbeaten streak in both CCL and league play. The game quickly lost its rhythm, however, with numerous fouls interrupting the flow of the game.
Pachuca extended their home unbeaten streak to 26 league games but remained winless in two overall after playing out a 0-0 draw with Puebla. The result leaves the Poblanos winless in three.
The Tuzos started the game off better and they had a few early chances as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Víctor Guzmán had a good chance in the 9th minute, but Cristian Campestrini was able to send his shot out for a corner kick.