Ulises Mendivil scores two goals while Gregorio Torres has a goal and sets up two more in the 5-0 rout.After a three-match losing skid, Pachuca bounced back in marvelous fashion at home Tuesday in CONCACAF Champions League fashion.
Los Tuzos tore apart El Salvador side Isidro Metapan 5-0 in Estadio Hidalgo in a thorough thrashing that loudly announced Pachuca's arrival in the tournament proper. It also reflected a bit of what Pachuca's play-in series against Guatemala's Deportivo Jalapa was like as Pachuca won that series by a 10-1 aggregate.
Pachuca took control of the game from the beginning and did not relent. Just 13 minutes in, Damian Alvarez scored the opening goal of the match. Gregorio Torres, who had a splendid match on the left side of the field for Pachuca, set up the first strike. Torres broke free down the left flank and whipped a ball to the front of the goal. Alvarez stuck his leg out and re-directed the ball into the back of the net, a shot that surprised Metapan 'keeper Misael Alfaro.
Torres took matters into his own hands once more. Just seven minutes later, Torres set up the game's second goal with a fantastic effort from the left side. Torres hit a cross with deadly precision towards the center of the area. Ulises Mendivil had only to get his head on it in order to send it to the back of the net as Alfaro had no chance to get to the ball.
After the second goal, Pachuca's confidence seemed to grow and the club did not look back afterward.
Mendivil scored his second goal of the match just 10 minutes into the second half. This time, it was Juan Carlos Rojas who fired a cross towards Mendivil, who did well to knock another header past Alfaro and into the back of the net.
Metapan did well to hold off Pachuca's attack as los Tuzos seemed to be content with their three-goal win, but the giants continued to awaken. Torres got his goal with five minutes left. He fired a 25-yard shot that deflected off a Metapan defender and found its way to the back of the net.
Luis Montes nabbed the last goal of the match with a sliding effort. Montes slid and slammed a ball past Alfaro and into the top of net to give los Tuzos their final five-goal margin of victory.
The win was so convincing that Pachuca now find themselves with a plus-two goal differential, despite losing 4-1 at Arabe Unido a week ago.
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