WOODY BAUM - Sunday, October 10, 2010
Marco Vidal started and went the distance while Jose Francisco Torres was a second half sub in Pachuca's victory over Pumas.
Pachuca 3 - 2 Pumas
After two months of disappointing results and a long winless streak, Pachuca now surprisingly find themselves in playoff contention after an exciting victory over Pumas on Saturday.
It is Pachuca's third consecutive win and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Vidal started and played the entire 90 minutes in what was his fourth start in a row as he helped to anchor the midfield.
Pumas scored first in the 11th minute after Pachuca turned the ball over in front of their area to Martin Bravo. Bravo passed the ball to Dante Lopez who shot on the first touch past Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero.
Pachuca equalized in the 32nd minute when Leobardo Lopez converted a header from a corner kick.
The Tuzos took the lead in the 46th minute when a center from Dario Cvitanich found Victor Manon in the area who headed it past Sergio Bernal.
In the 55th minute, the hosts increased their lead when Dario Cvitanich sent in another corner that Victo Manon converted on the first touch.
In the 68th minute, Torres entered the game for Edy Brambila.
Pumas pulled one back in the 91st minute when Jehu Chiapas shot from in front of the goal giving Calero no chance.
Pumas then had an opportunity to tie the game off a free kick in the 93rd minute, but a spectacular save by Calero preserved the win for Pachuca.
Herculez Gomez did not play.
Sammy Ochoa did not play in Estudiantes' loss to Tigres.
Edgar Castillo did not play in San Luis' loss to Atlas.