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Pachuca have had the upper hand in their recent meetings with Monterrey. In the last five games, the hosts have won twice, while the away side have won just once – the two other games finished as draws.
The latest meeting between them was earlier this month on the final day of the league phase. The two sides fought hard to get the win but ended up sharing the points as they could not break each other's defense.
Monterrey dominated the possession with 57% and also had more shots on target. They managed to get five of their attempts on goal but failed to get one past Pachuca's Oscar Ustari.
The home side got as many shots away as the away side but managed just four on target. They failed to create a single big chance in the game, and it was down to the heroics of their goalkeeper that helped them get a point.
This is the first time the two sides are facing each other in the Liga MX knockout stage. They have previously met in the Copa MX, where Monterrey won in the penalty shootout after the game ended 3-3 in normal time.
Pachuca managed to finish in the top 4 this season and qualify for the quarterfinals directly. However, they struggled in the middle of the season as they went on a slump and picked up just one win in six matches.
However, they bounced back with six wins and two draws in their last nine matches to seal a top-four finish. Nicolas Ibanez finished as the club's top scorer with 11 goals in 17 games.
He will be the one to keep an eye on in the semifinal, as he was influential in taking them to the final in Clausura earlier this year, where they eventually lost to Atlas.
Pachuca will be hoping for him to be in top form this week, as they need his goals to make it to the next round. They lost just once at home this season and will be looking to take a lead into the second leg, where they will be playing at home.
Pachuca lost the first leg of the quarterfinal to Tigres UANL, with André-Pierre Gignac getting the lone goal of the match. Both sides were level in the match, but the home side managed to edge out a win to take a lead into the second leg.
Pachuca made the most of their home form and got the win at home. Víctor Guzmán leveled things on aggregate with a goal early in the first half and set the stage for a thrilling second half. Guido Pizarro handed Tigres UANL the lead once again in the tie with a goal in the 64th minute, but Javier López scored four minutes later to make it 2-2 on aggregate.
Pachuca went through to the semifinal as they finished higher in the league table.
Pachuca got their last win over Monterrey earlier this year when the two sides clashed in the Clausura. The home sides had just 45% of the ball but still managed to get more shots on target than their opponents.
Both teams had 13 shots on goal, but the away side did not manage a single one on target. On the other hand, the home side got 5 shots on target and scored three goals.
Luis Chávez opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the match, and that turned out to be the only goal of the first half. Roberto de la Rosa doubled the lead in the 71st minute of the match before Chavez got his second of the game 8 minutes later.
Monterrey finished second in the league table this season and were unfortunate not to finish first. They registered the least number of losses in the league, with the first one coming on an opening day.
The issue for Monterrey was that they drew five matches, so they finished three points behind Club America. They also had a problem in front of the goal, as they managed just 29 goals but had the best defense in the league. Surprisingly, their best player this season was their goalkeeper, Estaban Andrada. The goal-scoring duty was shared among five players as no player managed more than 6.
German Berterame scored six goals, while Jesús Gallardo, Rogelio Funer Mori, and Rodrigo Aguirre got five each. Midfielder Arthur Gonzalez chipped in with four goals and seven assists.
Monterrey had a tough time in the quarterfinal but still managed to get through to the semifinal. They drew the first leg 0-0 but eased to a 3-0 win at home in the second leg.
Germán Berterame handed them the lead in the first half and then had to defend the lead for the rest of the match. As Cruz Azul were chasing the game, they left a lot of space at the back, and the home side took advantage of it at the end.
Rogelio Funes Mori scored the second goal in the 85th minute, while Jesús Gallardo scored in the 94th minute to seal the win.
Rogelio Funes Mori was the hero for Monterrey when they last won against Pachuca. The Rayados did not need to keep the majority of the ball as their shots were more clinical than their opponents.
The forward handed Monterrey the lead in the 36th minute of the match, which was the lone goal of the first half.
They scored against the run of play as Pachuca had more shots but still failed to make the most of their chances. They made a good start to the second half and scored with their first shot on target. Yairo Moreno scored to level the score, but that was the only shot they got on target.
Maximiliano Meza came on as a substitute soon after the scores were level. He scored 20 minutes later to give Monterrey the lead before Funes Mori scored once again in the 79th minute to seal the win.
Vincent Janssen had come on in the 85th minute for Monterrey but still got himself sent off just 6 minutes later. The red card did not cost them anything, as it was the last action of the match.
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|Teams||Pachuca vs Monterrey|
|Time||Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 10.05 PM ET onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo, and Fox Deportes|
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