Pachuca focuses on finishing for Clausura run

Hirving Lozano (orange jersey) was ejected during the second half of Pachuca's Liga MX Clausura loss at Santos on April 9, 2017, in Torreon, Mexico. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Straffon Images)

TORREON, Mexico – Despite a 1-0 loss at Santos in 2017 Liga MX Clausura play Sunday, Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso had no qualms with his team’s performance.

After last Tuesday’s thrilling -- but exhausting -- 3-1 win over visiting FC Dallas in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, second leg, the Tuzos were unable to find the back of the net at the Estadio Corona.

Their cause wasn’t helped by Hirving Lozano’s 66th-minute ejection.

“Being with 10, we are at a disadvantage,” said Alonso. “Many times, in various encounters, with 10 players we have been able to draw or come back. We have done it on more than one occasion, but it can’t always be done.

“Logically, with 10, it was going to be more difficult, but I have nothing to reproach. The team gave all it could. They left the last bit of sweat and that makes me proud.”

While scoring hasn’t been an issue in the SCCL, Pachuca has hit a dry patch domestically, netting only four goals in its last five outings. Alonso doesn’t believe the problem is one of creating chances. Rather, the issue is one of completing them.

“As far as the performance, I have liked my team a lot,” he concluded. “I think the biggest shortcoming we have this season is the finishing. We are not a good finishing team.”

Pachuca returns to action Wednesday against visiting Morelia.


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