Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca produced a stunning upset of Morelia on Saturday while the rest of the yanks in Mexico sat and watched week 12 go by in the 2011 Clausura.
Morelia 1 - 3 Pachuca
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca may have salvaged their season with a massive victory over Morelia at Estadio Morelos on Saturday.
Torres started at central midielder for the Tuzos and went the first 68 minutes before yielding his spot to Braulio Luna. Torres also picked up a yellow card in the 37th minute.
Compatriot Herculez Gomez did not feature for the guests.
Coming into the match Morelia had the second best record in the league but Pachuca produced their best performance of the year to claim the three points and the first win for new head coach Efrain Flores.
The Tuzos got on the board early with a ninth minute goal from Edgar Benitez who struck a left-footed that sank into the back of the net.
Franco Arizala then doubled the margin just a minute before halftime to stun the home crowd.
Morelia attempted a second half comeback but had to wait until minute 83 before scoring their only goal of the game when Adrian Aldrete's sot off a corner kick hit the crossbar and barely crossed the line before bouncing back into play. The referee signaled that it was indeed a goal so suddently Pachuca were on their heels.
But any feeling of trepidation was wiped away six minutes later when the Tuzos put the game on ice with their third goal.
Benitez found Luna and Torres' replacement sent a booming shot that beat Morelia goalkeeper Federico Vilar.
Next up for Pachuca is a home date with Jaguares on Saturday.
Jonathan Bornstein did not see any action in Tigres' 2-0 win over Atlante.
Adrian Ruelas did not take part in Santos' 3-0 win over Cruz Azul.
Edgar Castillo did not feature in Puebla's wild 5-4 loss at America.