Pachuca breezed through their first three Liguilla games but had a tense ending to their semifinal series as Indios nearly knocked Pachuca out. Los Tuzos will try and beat Pumas for their sixth league title.Clausura 2009 Record: 11 (3 Liguilla)-3(1)-3, 36 points. Goals scored: 42 (9 Liguilla). Goals allowed: 23 (4 Liguilla). Leading scorer: Christian Gimenez 9 (2 Liguilla) goals. Primera Division titles: 5. Last league title: Clausura '07. Last playoff appearance: Clausura 2008, lost in the Repechaje to San Luis.
Regular Season Recap: Pachuca ended the Clausura 2009 on top of the league table, thanks to goal differential. All around they Pachuca had the best offense in the league, netting plus-42 goals. Their firing power wasn’t limited to just one scorer, and both Christian Gimenez with 9 goals, and Blas Perez with 8, were some of the top scorers of the Clausura. Their defense was midtable, letting in 23 goals. The team had a stumble in the Jornada 8, where they lost to Chivas 5-0, but only lost once afterwards.
Quarterfinals: Pachuca managed to get through the quarterfinals quite easily. Jaguares were expected to put up a larger fight, but they quickly were beaten down by Pachuca 3-1 at home, and 2-0 at the Hidalgo. A tough defense, great teamwork, and the continuity of their Clausura 2009 form beat out individual achievements easily got Los Tuzos through.
Semifinals: Pachuca won comfortably in the semifinals against Indios in Juarez. With a two goal advantage, and the second leg at home everyone thought that the team would be through without a fight. Indios however, had different plans and went on the attack. Pachuca’s defense suffered and they allowed 3 goals, compromising their ability to go through. In the end, the super leaders made it, but not without some stiff competition at home.
Final Outlook: Although the team stumbled a bit in their last game, Los Tuzos will continue what they need to do to win the Clausura 2009. The defense needs to be more careful because one false step and they could lose the plot. Calero’s uncertainty at times can’t come up again or they will be in trouble. The team has scored more goals overall than they’ve conceded. However, Pumas has been leaving the task of scoring late, so Pachuca will have to keep guard at all times even if they have the advantage.
Andrea Martinez, Goal.com
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