Despite a 2-1 win Pachuca drops its series against Universidad de Chile, who advanced on the strength of its goal in Estadio Hidalgo.
The Chilean club’s goal in Estadio Hidalgo marked the difference in the series as the aggregate score of 2-2 tilted in La U’s favor due to the road-goal tiebreaker.
Gerardo Rodriguez and Damian Alvarez scored goals in the 24th and 86th minutes for Pachuca, respectively, but Marco Estrada’s free-kick goal in the 58th minute proved to be the difference in the series.
Pachuca, who finished second in January’s InterLiga tournament, failed to join fellow Mexican sides San Luis and Chivas in Copa Libertadores.
American international Jose Francisco Torres nearly set up the game’s first goal in the third minute as he sent a set piece into the penalty area but Universidad de Chile defender Marco Estrada did well to clear the ball out of danger.
U de Chile’s Mauricio Arias was sent off in the 10th minute after throwing a punch at a Pachuca player.
With a man advantage, Pachuca was relentless in their attack early on but it took a foul to set up the game’s first goal. U de Chile defender Juan Gonzalez fouled Edgar Benitez inside the penalty area and Pachuca was awarded a penalty kick, which Rodriguez converted.
Jaime Correa nearly put Pachuca up by two but his long-range shot rattled off the crossbar some 10 minutes later.
However, Pachuca’s luck ended shortly into the second half. Estrada knocked in a free kick 13 minutes after the intermission and U de Chile took a commanding 2-1 aggregate lead.
Although Alvarez evened the aggregate score four minutes from time, Pachuca ultimately fell one goal short of winning the series. Los Tuzos finished the game with nine men as Alvarez and Javier David Munoz were each sent off in stoppage time.