Jose Saturino Cardozo implored for his Toluca side to play with a sense of urgency against visiting Pachuca. In the end, a Paulo da Silva goal (8') and a brace from Pablo Velazquez (61', 67') gave his side a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Tuzos.
The win was the Diablos Rojos' second straight in league play and propelled them to fifth position in the table. For the Tuzos, the loss was their second in their last three in Liga MX play, and they slide down to tenth position.
Pachuca opened the match by dictating most of the play and pushing the Diablos Rojos into a defensive posture. But four minutes into the match, Lucas Lobos provided the game's first opportunity on goal with a care-free, long range chip that was just inches north of the crossbar. Shortly after, Isaac Brizuela started to press Pachuca inside its own area, and with a slaloming run, forced the Tuzos to concede the first corner kick of that match.
It was on the resulting corner kick that Toluca opened the scoring. Brizuela's out-swinging delivery found an unmarked Paulo da Silva, who headed the ball into the net with no chance for Oscar 'Conejo' Perez to make a save.
It was the away side who then saw their first crack at an equalizer in the 24th minute on a shot by Rodolfo Pizarro. The right back drifted towards the center and fired a rising shot, that was palmed away by Alfredo Talavera to force a corner kick. Lucas Lobos then had a chance three minutes later on goal that 'Conejo' Perez was forced to save. Both sides continued to find chances to get goals in the opening half, but neither side could find the target.
As soon as the second half started, the match started to tilt heavily toward the home side's favor. Sixty-one minutes in, the hosts doubled their lead when Pablo Velazquez headed home a Carlos Esquivel cross from the right. Six minutes later, Velazquez got his brace when Isaac Brizuela's shot was spilled by Perez, The unmarked Paraguayan striker then slid home the spilled rebound to take the Diablos' lead to 3-0. Pachuca then offered few responses against a dominant Toluca side.
Enrique 'Ojitos' Meza will have all week to stew over the battles his players lost in the midfield and their inability to create many serious chances on Talavera's goal.
Meanwhile, Toluca will look to try to build momentum when they host Atlante in Copa MX on Tuesday, August 19 and travel to the Estadio Corona to play Santos Laguna in Liga MX play Friday night, on August 22. Pachuca, in a relief from this match, are on break from mid-week matches. The Tuzos will return to the Estadio Hidalgo to take on second place Atlas on Saturday, August 23.