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.
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.
In the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, FC Dallas earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Pachuca.
The game had started perfectly for the visitors, with the Tuzos taking the lead in just the third minute. Erick Aguirre got free on the left, drove into the box, and cut the ball back towards the center. Franco Jara brought the ball down and sent it in off the post to make it 0-1 for Pachuca early on.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back to earn a 2-3 away win. The result ends a three-game road winless streak for the Tuzos – and puts them at least temporarily atop the table – while the Xolos saw their two-game unbeaten run brought to a halt.
Tijuana had the first chance of the game in the 9th minute through Milton Caraglio, and then Pachuca suffered an early setback as Hirving Lozano was forced out of the game with an injury in the 15th minute. “Chucky” was stretchered off the field after a foul by Michael Orozco.
Pachuca booked their spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-0 victory over Saprissa in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. A 0-0 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this game, and it was the Tuzos who took advantage.
A set piece gave Pachuca the lead in the 28th minute, with Víctor Guzmán appearing unmarked to make it 1-0. Just two minutes later, the Tuzos stunned Saprissa with a second goal, this time due to a bit of individual skill from Jonathan Urretaviscaya.