While most of the opening round games to this point have been defensive-minded, there was a very offensive-in a good way-game at Nou Camp, as defending Clausura champion Pachuca began their quest for a second straight second-half title with a 4-2 doubling up of host Leon. It took some rallying from behind to do so, as Leon scored first quickly-Fernando Navarro needed just 8 minutes to put Leon in front, but Hirving Lozano got Pachuca even less than 9 minutes later. The tie lasted just 4 minutes, when in the 21st minute Maximilliano Moralez scored to give Leon a 2-1 lead. But the Tuzos would not be denied soon after-PENAL GOL! Franco Jara scored the first penalty kick goal of the season just 5 minutes after that. Both teams kept the pace up intot he second half but it would be over 50 minutes later before Lozano broke the tie with his second of the game in the 76th minute, putting Pachuca up for good. And for good measure he added insurance in the 86th minute to also record the first hat trick of the tournament and put him on pace for 51 (!) goals. If Pachuca can keep this offensive pace going and replicate it’s #1 defense form from the Apertura (they allowed the fewest goals) they could be well on their way to another title and a Campeon de Campeones rematch with Tigres.
Goals-Fernando Navarro (Leon, 9′, 1st of tournament), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca, 17′, 1st of tournament), Maximilliano Moralez (Leon, 21′, 1st of tournament), Franco Jara (Pachuca, 25′, 1st of tournament-Penalty Kick), Lozano (76′, 2nd of game), Lozano (86′, 3rd of game)
Shots on Goal-Leon 5, Pachuca 4
Corner kicks-Leon 3, Pachuca 1
Amarillas-Leon 3 (Guillermo Burdisso, 27′, Diego Novaretti, 36′, Mauro Boselli, 90+2′), Pachuca 3 (Lozano, 35′, Oscar Murillo, 52′, Emmanuel Garcia, 90+1′)
Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon
Attendance: 20,509 (65.5% capacity)
Leon-at Necaxa (1/14)