In the Liga MX Clausura semi-finals 2020-2021, Pachuca will face Cruz Azul at Estadio Hidalgo for the first leg of their match.
According to a Sportskeeda storey, the Pachuca Football Club is hoping to win their first championship in five years after a devastating loss to Club America in the past round.
The league winners, Cruz Azul, on the other hand, are hoping to capture their first crown after years of failing to do so. The last time they won a championship was in 1997.
Cruz Azul has apparently been on more dominant sides, winning 23 games, while Pachuca has defeated them 16 times in 48 games.
Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca
Experts expect that both teams will make strides forward, with the Gophers seeking to capitalise on their home-court advantage and Cruz Azul seeking to prove a point. According to The Stats Zone report, both teams scored in the most recent competition.
Pachuca was likewise said to be the best bet against Cruz Azul. Pachuca had been on a roll, going 8-2-2 in their last twelve games and scored 26 goals during that time, according to CBS Sports.
Prior to Sunday’s second-leg setback, Pachuca had scored at least three goals in three consecutive games. Roberto de La Rosa, the team’s striker, and Ismael Sosa, the team’s centre forward, have combined for 11 goals in the two Liguillas.
Cruz Azul, on the other hand, had dominated Liga Mx throughout the Clausura, going 13-2-2 and scoring 26 goals. In addition, compared to Pachuca’s plus-1 goal difference, it had a plus-15 goal differential.
Jonathan Rodriguez, the league’s leading scorer, has 21 goals in 31 games this season. In addition, he had five assists. Luis Romo has ten, which is tied for the highest in the league.
With 14 clean sheets in 31 games, goalkeeper Jose Corona ruled Liga MX. He also had a save percentage of 81.5.
In 1901, a group of Cornish miners from Cornwall, England created C.F. Pachuca as Pachuca Athletic Club. Fans dubbed them “Los Tuzos,” and they went on to become one of the founding members of the Mexican Prime Division a few years after their formation.
The Los Tuzos’ most recent title came in the 2016 Clausura, qualifying them for the Concacaf Champions League in 2016-17. According to an MNUFC report, they would then finish third at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup, which would be their best-ever finish in the competition.
Cruz Azul was created in March 1927 under the name Club Deportivo Cruz Azul. At the time, the team was only an amateur group.
According to a Popular Timelines report, the squad won their eighth and most current championship in 1997 under coach Luis Fernando Tena, when Carlos Hermosillo scored a last-minute penalty kick.