Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Pachuca and Chivas de Guadalajara played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tuzos winless in the Clausura 2020, while El Rebaño remains unbeaten.
The game started at a brisk pace in front of a sold-out Estadio Hidalgo – filled in large part by away fans. Despite the pro-Chivas atmosphere in their own stadium, Pachuca was still able to dominate large stretches of the game, and they had the better of the chances in the first half.
Víctor Guzmán had an “adverse analytic result” to the anti-doping test administered on August 10, 2019, during Jornada 4 of the Apertura 2019 season.
ESPN reports that Guzmán tested positive for “a prohibited substance of ‘social use’”. On his Instagram account, Guzmán denied having taken any banned substances and stated that he has requested the “B sample” be tested as well.
The 24-year-old Guzmán had made the move from Pachuca to Chivas de Guadalajara for the Clausura 2020 season, but he was pulled from Guadalajara’s week one match day roster after Chivas learned of the test result. On Monday, Chivas officially announced that Guzmán “will no longer form part of our squad”, and that the transfer will be annulled, with Guzmán returning to Pachuca.
The 36-year-old Uruguayan joins Pachuca from Liverpool in his native country, where he won the Torneo Intermedio 2019; before that, he coached Torque, also in Uruguay, and won the Segunda División title with that club.
Pezzolano has some experience with Mexican soccer as well; he played for Necaxa in 2012.
After Pachuca failed to qualify for the playoffs, the club wasted no time in announcing the departure of coach Martín Palermo. In a press release posted to the Tuzos’ twitter account, the club noted that Palermo’s contract had finished and it was decided “by mutual agreement” not to extend it.
Pachuca earned a 2-0 victory against Pumas UNAM, but due to Monterrey’s victory earlier it was not enough to get the Tuzos into the playoffs. Pachuca ended their season with a three-game unbeaten streak, while the universitarios wrapped up their Apertura with a three-game winless streak.
Despite knowing they were out of the running for the Liguilla, Pachuca was determined to end the season on a positive note in front of their fans, and they came out attacking. Their pressure paid off in the 34th minute, when they took advantage of a defensive error to take the lead.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players and one physical trainer in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 18 games.
Tijuana will be missing two players for their final regular season game, as Jordan Silva was given a one-game suspension for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, and Miler Bolaños was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
Walter Gael Sandoval of Chivas de Guadalajara and Franco Jara of Pachuca were suspended one game for receiving two yellow cards in the same match
Finally, Gustavo Alejandro Leombruno, Puebla’s physical trainer, was given a one-game suspension for entering the field of play to confront the referee crew.
Despite numerous chances at both ends, neither Tigres UANL nor Pachuca could find the breakthrough as this one finished 0-0. The result puts Pachuca’s playoff hopes in jeopardy, while Tigres were already assured a spot in the upcoming Liguilla.
The goalkeepers were the stars of the game, with both Nahuel Guzmán and Rodrigo Rey making impressive stops to preserve their respective clean sheets. Tigres had the majority of possession in the first half, but Pachuca – who needed the win more urgently – kept the pressure on and had a chance or two on the break.
Monterrey kept their playoff hopes alive – and complicated Pachuca’s – with a 2-3 away win on Wednesday night. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Rayados, while the Tuzos have now lost three in a row.
Both teams came out attacking and there were chances at either end, but the visitors were the first to capitalize. In the 10th minute, Monterrey won a corner kick; Dorlan Pabón sent it toward the near post, Rodrigo Rey couldn’t make the clearance, and Nicolás Sánchez finished it off to give the Rayados the 0-1 lead.
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.
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.