León fell 1-2 to Pachuca in Jornada 7 action in a game that was one disaster after another from La Fiera’s perspective. Not only did they suffer their fifth loss of the season, but they lost two players to injury and had Nacho González red-carded, all within the first half. Despite the win, Pachuca won’t be overly pleased either, as the Tuzos lost control of the game in the second half and had Jorge Hernández red-carded in stoppage time.
The game started out quite chippy and ill-tempered, with referee Paul Delgadillo handing out seven yellows and a red in the opening 45 minutes, and, although those numbers may seem high, he could easily have carded at least three more players.
Along with the referee, the medical staff were also kept busy in this one, beginning with a bloody head injury suffered by Miguel Herrera within the opening ten minutes of the game.
The first goal came in the 22nd minute in somewhat controversial fashion. León’s Juan Carlos Pineda had gone down on the field, but the Tuzos had possession and continued to play. Pineda got back up as Pachuca mounted an attack, which culminated in Hirving Lozano scoring a golazo from outside the box to give the visitors the 0-1 lead.
Several León players immediately began remonstrating with Pachuca players, as they felt the Tuzos should have played the ball out when Pineda went down. Juan Ignacio González and Aquivaldo Mosquera were both carded in the aftermath of the goal, which would come back to haunt González as he picked up his second yellow and the subsequent red ten minutes later.
Things continued to go downhill for La Fiera after the red card, as Lozano added a second goal for Pachuca in the 37th minute with another good finish. Gustavo Matosas was then forced to use his third substitution before halftime when goalkeeper William Yarbrough suffered an injury to his right hand and was unable to continue (Pineda had previously left the game injured, and then Matosas had made a tactical change due to the red card).
Pachuca’s dominance disappeared in the second half and the game got sloppy. Perhaps suffering from overconfidence – up a man and up two goals – the Tuzos came out of the locker room with little energy, allowing León to get back into the game. Carlos Peña reduced the deficit in the 57th minute, making it 1-2 with a low, driven shot from the edge of the box, but even that failed to bring Pachuca to life.
León came close to equalizing on more than one occasion and didn’t look at all as if they were playing a man down, but it was just not their night. The game finished 10 vs 10 after Jorge Hernández picked up a straight red in stoppage time for an elbow on José Juan Vázquez.
With the 1-2 win, Pachuca reaches 12 points while León remains on six.
León: William Yarbrough (Christian Martínez 45′), Juan Carlos Pineda (Arturo Ortiz 26′), Jonny Magallón, Juan Ignacio González, Elías Hernández, Wanderley de Jesús, Juan José Vázquez, Carlos Peña, José María Cárdenas, Miguel Sabah (Jackson Caicedo 37′), Mauro Boselli.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Rodolfo Pizarro, Miguel Herrera (Hugo Rodríguez 46′), Aquivaldo Mosquera, Daniel Arreola, Walter Ayoví, Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Hirving Lozano, Dieter Villalpando (Diego de Buen 72′), Matías Alustiza (Ariel Nahuelpán 63′).