RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
Americans Jose Francisco Torres and Marco Vidal helped lead Pachuca to 2-1 over Necaxa which secured a birth in this season's playoffs.
Necaxa 1 – 2 Pachuca
Pachuca has achieved an improbable playoff berth on Friday with a 2-1 victory over against Necaxa on the road on Friday evening. With the win, Pachuca have capped off a playoff run that many would have said was impossible as little as over a month ago.
Longview, Texas native Jose Francisco Torres has now regained his starting spot and played a full 90 minutes in the effort.
Pachuca wasted no time in taking the lead when Leobardo Lopez scored on a header off a corner kick from Damian Manso in the 7th minute.
Manso quickly followed up with a goal of his own in the 15th minute after receiving a difficult centering pass in the area from Edgar Benitez. Manso's shot was blocked by Necaxa goalkeeper Oscar Perez but as the ball continued towards the goal, Manso managed to tap in the ball for good measure.
Necaxa came back in the 35th minute when Daniel Cervantes cleanly headed home a corner kick.
Despite losing, Necaxa was able to generate several high quality chances but they were plagued by poor finishing in the box.
Towards the end of the game with a loss becoming a foregone conclusion, Necaxa showed poor sportsmanship with several of their players attempting to start fights with their opponents. Three Necaxa players, Pablo Chavez, Jesus Palacios and Tabare Viudez were expelled in the last minutes.
Marco Vidal entered the game in the 55th minute. Herculez Gomez did not play.
With the win, Pachuca will now take on Monterrey in a rematch of last year's quarterfinal match.
Sammy Ochoa played the final seven minutes in Estudiantes' loss to Santos.
Edgar Castillo did not play in San Luis' loss to Santos.