Apertura 2016 Round 17 Results: Pachuca 3, America 3

In the only matchup of the round between playoff teams, the on-paper match did not disappoint as Pachuca & America played a wild back-and-forth affair that ultimately ended in a 3-3 tie that cost the home team a chance at the regular season title. Pachuca was gifted an early lead on a corner kick in the 7th minute when America’s Edson Alvarez had the ball take an unlucky deflection on his header attempt behind him for an own goal and a 1-0 Pachuca lead. Just a few minutes later Franco Jara scored in the 12th minute to make it 2-0 Pachuca. America played more physical after that, accumulating 3 Amarillas between that goal and halftime and also getting on the board in the 40th minute on a Silvio Romero score to cut it to 2-1. In the second half, Romero scored his second of the game in the 71st minute to tie it up, then America quickly took a 3-2 advantage with a Michael Arroyo score in the 74th minute. But Jara would get his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to save the 3-3 tie and, thanks to Tigres’ loss minutes before, lock up the #2 spot for Pachuca going into the playoffs and also give Tijuana the regular season championship. America had already clinched a playoff spot as well and now waits for the Guadalajara-Necaxa result to determine its position (4 or 5) and first round opponent.

Game stats:
Goals-Edson Alvarez (America, 7′, OWN GOAL), Franco Jara (Pachuca, 12′, 8th of tournament), Silvio Romero (America, 40′, 9th of tournament), Romero (America, 71′, 10th of tournament, 2nd of game), Michael Arroyo (America, 74′, 4th of tournament), Jara (86′, 9th of tournament, 2nd of game)
Shots on Goal-America 1
Corner kicks-America 6, Pachuca 4
Amarillas-America 3 (Alex Ibarra, 23′, Pablo Aguilar, 30′, Rubens Sambueza, 42′), Pachuca 1 (Oscar Murillo, 9′)

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 25,375 (97.8% capacity)

Next up:
Pachuca-vs. #7 seed in playoffs
America-vs. #4 or #5 seed in playoffs, TBA pending tonight’s Guadalajara-Necaxa result but it will be one of those teams