Pachuca tops FC Dallas, earns SCCL final berth
Pachuca's Hirving Lozano (pictured) jumps for joy after scoring against visiting FC Dallas in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, second leg on April 4, 2017, in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
PACHUCA, Mexico -- Hirving Lozano was the toast of the town Tuesday night, scoring two late goals, including the series winner two minutes into stoppage time, to power Pachuca into the 2016/17 Scotiabank Champions League final.
The 21-year-old attacker lifted the Mexican side to a 3-1 victory over FC Dallas in the second leg of their semifinal series and to a 4-3 aggregate triumph at the Estadio Hidalgo.
Dallas won the first leg at home, 2-1, on March 15.
Franco Jara gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute, but Lozano provided it some breathing room and a two-goal advantage in the 80th minute. After receiving a pass from Erick Gutierrez, Lozano powered a 20-yard shot to the near left post.
FC Dallas, however, had other things in mind, knotting the series in the 86th minute.
Second-half substitute Javier Morales delivered a left-sided corner kick that goalkeeper Alfonso Blanco punched out of the penalty area. The ball went directly to Carlos Gruezo, who booted the ball back into the box towards Cristian Colman. The forward reacted quickly with a header from 12-yards out that leveled the aggregate score at 3-3 deadlock.
With the game appeared heading to extra time, Lozano fired a shot from just outside the box. Teammate Victor Guzman tried to get a foot on it, which seemed to confuse two Dallas defenders. The ball then bounced once past a sprawled goalkeeper Chris Seitz and nestled into the far right corner for Lozano’s ninth carerr SCCL goal.
Jonathan Urretaviscaya created the first goal, slicing a cross to Jara, who managed to get a little room in front of defender Walker Zimmerman to nod the ball home for a 1-0 advantage.
Pachuca will play the winner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC-Tigres series in the final. Those two teams will play in Vancouver on Wednesday night, with Tigres holding a 2-0 advantage.