America entered the Hidalgo with an eight straight unbeaten streak but could not come out with their ninth.Americas unbeaten streak was halted at 8 on Saturday as Pachuca rolled to a comfortable 2-1 win. Los Tuzos showed a clear dominance over America through out the game. America stuck to their counter attack tactics but Pachuca had them well read. Los Tuzos got off the mark first after a patented “Chaco” free kick. Then it was Cacho who put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute, but America would pull one back courtesy of Cabañas.
Pachuca’s loosing streak ends at two with the victory over America.
America loose for the second time this season and will have to remain at 21 points in a very tight group two. America has not seen a victory away from home in their last three games.
Pachuca being the home team wanted to impress their loyal fans and they did just that in the opening minutes. Los Tuzos kept America back in their own half as they pressured in attack.
Although Pachuca insisted a lot early on it would be America who would have the first dangerous play. Jean Beausejour sent a good cross into the box in the 5th minute. Salvador Cabañas was tracking the ball but could not make contact as the ball flew past him.
After America’s attempt the ball would be in Pachuca’s control for what seemed to be the rest of the half.
Pachuca’s American national, Jose Francisco Torres had a very good chance to send his team up in the 15th minute. Damian Alvarez filtered a very good pass to Torres. Torres pulled the trigger and had a go but his shot went straight to Guillermo Ochoa’s hands.
Pachuca’s insisting in offense would pay off in the 23rd minute. Pachuca earned a free kick in the edge of the 16 yard box. The one the only Christian Gimenez volunteered to take the shot. Gimenez drilled the shot in the top left corner and beat a fully extended Ochoa. Pachuca took a 1-0 lead.
America’s night would just get worse in the 35th minute. Daniel Montenegro was given a red for his harsh tackle on Jose Francisco Torres. Las Aguilas had to play the rest of the game with only ten men.
Pachuca kept insisting until the end of the first half but the score remained the same at 1-0.
America tried to pull one back early in the second half as they came out flying. But with America reduced to ten men, Pachuca quickly regained control.
America’s defense seemed to fall apart in the 48th minute. Edgar Benitez found himself with a golden one on one opportunity against Ochoa. Benites shot it low but Ochoa waited well and was able to make the crucial save.
Las Aguilas still had nothing up top as they were playing their odds with the counter attack.
Pachuca once again came close off another one on one chance in the 63rd minute. Juan Carlos Cacho was left alone with Ochoa. Cacho shot the ball to his left and again Ochoa’s cat like reflexes kept the score from inflating.
Pachuca found it hard to make another against America even the post was against them. Juan Carlos Cacho shot straight at the post in the 71st minute. Damian Alvarez put the cross and Cacho shot straight at the upright.
Pachuca’s second goal was inevitable and it finally came in the 85th minute. Damian Alvarez cruised down the left side of the field and put in a good cross for Cacho. The third time was the charm for Cacho as the ball went past Ochoa and into the net. Pachuca went further ahead with a score of 2-0.
America would not die and rescued a goal despite the one man disadvantage. Salvador Cabañas tried his luck off a free kick in the 90th minute and it paid off for the coveted striker. Cabañas caught Calero sleeping as the ball kissed the back of the net.
America sent everyone forward in the end but it was not enough as Pachuca held on to win, 2-1.
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com
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