Omar Gonzalez (pictured) and Pachuca are winless in their last four Liga MX games. (Photo: Mexsport)
PACHUCA, Mexico – Four days following its record setting 11-0 win over Police United in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, Pachuca (4W-2D-3L, 14) returned to Liga MX action Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Club Tijuana (5-3-1, 18).
Although the Tuzos stretched their unbeaten run at home in domestic play to 16 games, two errors foiled them from collecting all the points: conceding a first-half penalty kick that was converted by Dayro Moreno and Omar Gonzalez’s late own-goal.
“I’ll leave the result as forgotten,” said Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso. “We had the intention of winning. We did a lot of commendable things. Above all, in the second half, we had control not only of the result, but the pace. Sadly, a sequence of errors took us to where they tied us.”
Alonso expressed confidence in his squad’s ability to bounce back for Tuesday’s encounter at third-place Morelia (4-3-2, 16).
“Errors are to be learned from,” the 41-year-old remarked. “There is no criticizing. The team had a good game against a good opponent that came to attack, to play their game in the same manner. We were not good in the first half and in the final minutes.”
Pachuca has not won in Liga MX since defeating Pumas 3-1 on August 13 and Alonso is expecting a difficult test from Enrique Meza’s side, which is 2-1-1 at home despite conceding two goals in each of those outings.
“It is a very tough match,” he finished. “It’s an opponent that’s having a great season, with a manager who knows it all, that makes his teams play well. We should have the performance that we normally have.”