Apertura 2016 Playoffs: Necaxa 0, Pachuca 0

The final game of the quarterfinals turned out to be, to an extent, the most anti-climactic one as Necaxa & Pachuca broke with ranks of the other teams and played to, of all things, the “classic” nil-nil tie. Pachuca was gifted one last chance to force extra time in the 87th minute when there was a tangling-up of Necaxa & Pachuca players at midfield in front of the referee…Rojas! A very questionable ejection of Claudio Riano put Necaxa a man down for what would be the final 7 minutes but they managed to hold on and keep Pachuca off the board. With no score in this game, the 2-1 Necaxa win in the first game means Pachuca’s title defense (they won the Clausura 2016 Tournament but lost to Tigres in the Campeon de Campeones) is over and they will have to wait for the next tournament to try again. As the 3rd-ranked team of the 4 that advance, Necaxa now moves on to face America in the semifinals while Tigres, as the top remaining team, will face Leon.

Game Stats:
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 4, Necaxa 2
Corner kicks-Pachuca 8, Necaxa 6
Amarillas-Necaxa 5 (Fernando Meza, 8′, Jairo Gonzalez, 37′, Brayan Beckeles, 74′, Michel Garcia, 85′, Severo Meza, 90+2′), Pachuca 2 (Omar Gonzalez, 32′, John Medina, 65′)
Rojas-Necaxa 1 (Claudio Riano, 87′)

Venue-Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 25,385 (97.9% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-Semifinals Wednesday or Thursday vs. America
Pachuca-Clausura 2017 Tournament