WOODY BAUM - Thursday, April 15, 2010
Francisco Torres and Pachuca suffered a setback against Cruz Azul while Marco Vidal and Indios were able to win for the second straight week.
Cruz Azul 2 – 2 Pachuca
Pachuca still has a chance at reaching the Liguilla, but after Wednesday night's tie against Cruz Azul, their mission became a little more difficult.
Pachuca coach Guillermo Rivarola decided to start an alternative team, keeping normal starters Dario Cvitanich and Edgar Benitez on the bench.
He did give Francisco Torres the start, who played 86 minutes.
Pachuca claimed the lead early after Victor Mañon scored off a pass from Damien Alvarez in the 11th minute.
However, Cruz Azul quickly climbed back after Jaime Lozano scored a penalty kick in the 25th minute and Christian Riveros scored off a header in the 45th to give the home side the lead before the half.
Despite being down, Pachuca played well and was clearly the better team. Dario Cvitanich entered the game in the 59th minute and Rivarola's move paid off as Cvitanich scored off a header in the 79th to tie up the game.
The Tuzos almost took the lead in the 89th minute when Edgar Benitez was fouled in the area. However, Leobardo Lopez missed the penalty and both teams walked away with a point.
Pachuca will probably need to win the rest of their games this season if they want to enter the liguilla. They visit Toluca on Saturday.
Chivas 0 – 1 Indios
Indios claimed their second win in a row on Wednesday as they defeated Chivas in Guadalajara.
While Indios' relegation is a fact, they are fulfilling their promise of ending the season with a fight.
Indios started the game attacking relentlessly and almost scored in the second minute. The beginning of the game set the tone for the rest of the night as Indios ran and scrapped for every loose ball they could.
Their efforts finally paid off in the 65th when Adrian Arias attempted to head in a corner kick for Indios. His header was off, but Chivas was unable to clear the rebound leaving an opportunity for Jair Garcia to shoot and score the only goal of the game.
Marco Vidal started and played the entire 90 minutes.
Chivas was without approximately six starters who are currently training with the national team. Their string of two losses raises many doubts as to how they will fair in the postseason with so many players on national team duty.
Indios, in the meantime, will continue the fight and will visit Jaguares of Chiapas on Saturday.
Herculez Gomez did not play in Puebla's victory over Atlas on Wednesday.
Edgar Castillo was out injured in Tigres' win over the Gallos Blancos.
Sammy Ochoa did not play in Estudiantes' tie against San Luis.
Isaac Acuña did not play in America's tie against Pumas.