Pachuca vs Atlas Prediction
Pachuca were made to struggle in the first leg of the final, and the second leg might not be too different. Liga MX Apertura’s current champions managed to keep Clausura at bay. They scored twice against the course of play and took a 2-0 lead into the final match of the season.
The first half started with both sides going end-to-end, but within 15 minutes, Atlas were back to their normal routine. Diego Martin Cocca’s team was happy to take on the challenge and so they sat back in their own half and protected. Luis Reyes scored a bullet header in the 26th minute to hand the home side the unlikely lead, which made things worse for Pachuca.
Atlas decided to sit back deeper in their half and were reluctant to attack with more than three men at a time. Pachuca managed eight goals with three of them on the target. However, the crucial goal was a win for the team.
Change of Tactics Didn’t Work for Pachuca in the First Leg
Pachuca came out after half time with a change in tactics, as they knew they were in for a long night. Fernando Navarro was substituted for RomarioIbarra and the team took more control.
However, they could not convert any of the chances they were creating, and they were exposed at the back with everyone attacking and going for the equalizer. Julian Quinones made them pay in the 93rd minute as he won the ball back from a clearance, bullied two Pachuca players off the ball, and then converted with a smart finish to make it 2-0 to Atlas and have one hand on the trophy.
A similar tactic will be deployed by Atlas in the second leg as well, but they will be sweating on the fitness of Anderson Santamaria. In the second period, the defender was forced to leave. The Peru player was carried off on a stretcher.
Pachuca’s Winning Streak Against The Top Sides Ends
Before Thursday’s loss, Pachuca had not lost a single game to any of the sides that finished in the top 10 this season. It was no surprise that they were the winning team. They used to be the dominant side from the beginning to the end. They have much work ahead of them in Sunday’s second leg.
Pachuca were up against Atletico de San Luis in the quarter finals, and they managed to edge out the result in their favor. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, where San Luis needed a penalty in the first half and a 94th-minute goal to equalize, they were confident of winning it at home in the second leg. Nicolas Ibanez ensured they got the win by scoring the winner in the 96th minute. They were the dominant side in the tie, as San Luis had equalized, once again, in the 93rd minute of the second leg. Moreover, they missed the chance to go 3-1 up in the 79th minute of the game after Victor Guzman’s penalty came off the woodwork.
Impressive Until the Last Round
It was a different case in the semi final first leg, as Diego Valdes handed Club America the lead early in the second half. Pachuca had to win a penalty from Nicolas Ibanez in the final minute of the first leg. This allowed them to level things up and prevent them from losing their lead.
At home, Pachuca were on another level and gave Club America no chance of getting close to a shock win. Romario Ibarra, Erick Sanchez and Pachuca scored first-half goals to give the home team a lead of 2-0. Ibarra then added the second goal and Pachuca took the victory just over an hour later. Club America held a dominant possession lead in the second period, but couldn’t score any meaningful goals on target.
All or Nothing Match Coming Up
Pachuca will be hoping for something similar in the second leg of the semifinal as they need to come from 2-0 down to beat Atlas. It could be another frustrating night for table leaders as the away team will not be aggressive at the beginning.
To make things worse, Pachuca lost the last time they faced Atlas at home. Julio Furch’s goal in the fifth minute was enough to draw the sides apart.
Injuries and Suspensions
No player is ruled out for Pachuca.
Atlas Have The Blueprint To Complete A Double
Atlas are aiming to become the first side since Club Leon in 2013-14 to win the Apertura and Clausura in the same season. Diego Martin Cocca devised a straightforward plan when facing Pachuca, which was executed to perfection by the players.
Atlas have been in decent form lately and were on a six-match unbeaten streak before their semifinal second leg to Tigres UNAL. Although their form dropped towards the end, they managed to finish third in the standings and were well represented in the knockout stage.
Solid in the Knockouts
They faced Guadalajara in the quarterfinal and won 2-1 away from home in the first leg. They were comfortable with Jeremy Marquez scoring a brace during the first period. Cristian Calderon’s goal early in the second quarter did not trouble them. Atlas did a good job of defending well, as they had done all season.
Jeremy Marquez was in the limelight again in the second leg, but he was sent off for Atlas this time. After initially giving him a yellow ticket, he was issued the marching orders from VAR. Atlas’ good news is that the suspension has ended and he will be able to return for the second leg.
Dominant When it Matters Most
Luckily for Atlas, Anibal Chala had handed them the lead in the first-half stoppage time, and Guadalajara did not manage to get a goal until the 89th minute. Atlas won the semi-final against Tigres in their home match. Julian Quinones, Luis Reyes and Julio Furch all scored in the semifinal to give them a strong lead going into the second leg. This was crucial.
Julian Quinones made it 4-0 on aggregate in the first half of the second leg, but Tigres staged a dramatic comeback.
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a second half hattrick, and Igor Lichnovsky added another in the 81st minute to level things up in the tie. Atlas were handed a penalty in the 95th minute of the game, and Aldo Rocha made no mistake, which helped them win 5-4 on aggregate.
Injuries and Suspensions
Anderson Santamaria is a doubt for Atlas after coming off with an injury in the second half. This injury could be a result of a hamstring problem and could make him miss the second leg.
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How to Watch Pachuca vs Atlas
Pachuca vs Atlas Information Teams Pachuca vs Atlas Location Estadio Hidalgo Time Sunday, May 29 at 9. 10pm How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox