Pachuca aims for SCCL boost

Action from the Liga MX Apertura game between Pachuca and host Veracruz (red jersey) on September 9, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)


VERACRUZ, Mexico – Pachuca will look for a return to winning ways on Tuesday, when it meets host Police United (0W-0D-2L, 0 points) in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

A 1-0 loss at Veracruz on Friday, however, extended the Tuzos’ winless streak to three games in the Liga MX Apertura.

“I have a bitter taste,” Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso said after the match. “We had chances in the first half. In the second, I did not like the team and the goal came. They did their part. We gave it an effort, but we did not get anything.”

Victory in Belize would see Pachuca (2-0-0, 6) take a six-point lead over idle Olimpia (1-0-1, 3) in Group E and edge closer to a quarterfinal berth.

An eagerness to get back on track as quickly as possible was the prevailing sentiment in the Pachuca locker room.

“It is difficult to leave with a loss because we played a good game,” commented Pachuca midfielder Jorge Hernandez. “I don’t think that Veracruz was better than us. We had a good game. Regrettably, the ball didn’t want to go in. We are going to work, so that next week we get back to winning.”

In their first meeting on August 23, Pachuca posted a 3-0 win over Police United, but it wasn’t easy with all the goals coming in the final third of the game. Erick Aguirre (62’), Hirving Lozano (79’) and Jonathan Urretaviscaya (86’) for the Tuzos, who have one win in their last six SCCL away outings (1W-3D-2).