Pachuca's Hirving Lozano (left) has scored six goals in his Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League career. (Photo: Mexsport)
BELMOPAN, Belize – Last week, Hirving Lozano fell one goal short of equaling Emanuel Villa’s record for the most goals scored by a player in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game as Pachuca posted an 11-0 win over host Police United.
The 21-year-old Mexico international, who netted four times en route to SCCL Player of the Week honors, wasn’t disappointed to miss the mark. After all, the Tuzos’ offensive outburst established a new high for the most goals scored by a team in a SCCL outing.
“The most important thing is that we respect the opponent and we respect ourselves,” said Lozano. “The result was key. I believe that we came to win, playing the football that we did…the best football that we have…and thank God the result was in our favor.”
First-place Pachuca improved to 3W-0D-0L in Group E and hasn’t conceded a goal. It can seal a spot in the quarterfinals if Olimpia obtains anything less than three points at Police United on September 29. Even if the Honduran power earns all three points in Belize, Pachuca would need only a draw when the sides meet in a potential decider on October 19 in Tegucigalpa.
While Lozano is well aware of the challenges that a match at the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino could pose, he is confident that the Mexican champion can secure any required result.
“We are going to Honduras to win and display our football, which I think is good, and to give the best of one’s self,” he concluded.
Lozano is the 2016/17 SCCL’s top scorer with five goals, two ahead of his five closest rivals.