Hirving Lozano scored four times and Pachuca set a new record for goals in a CONCACAF Champions League when they defeated Belize's Police United 11-0 on Tuesday. While this is a crushing victory, Pachuca will still have to wait until they face Olimpia in Honduras to know if they are through to the next stages of the competition. Still, the win sets a new record and puts Pachuca in the driver seat for a group win.
From the start, Pachuca totally dominated a semipro team that surprisingly had held on to only three goals in Mexico. Maybe that played a part as Pachuca played with mostly their starters, including their star Hirving Lozano who hadn't played last Friday because of a suspension.
By halftime, Pachuca had a 5-0 lead. Mateus opened the scoring and Franco Jara scored the second. Lozano then started taking control of the game and scored two goals, the last one being a great long range shot. In the final minutes Ruben Botta scored the fifth.
The second half started with more of the same. As the game progressed, Pachuca players ran Police United tired. Botta took advantage of a free kick to score the sixth. Lozano then scored the best goal of the night when he dribbled through to the area and left the last defender literally on the floor as he slotted the ball past the keeper.
18-year-old Joaquin Esquivel scored the eight goal when he was left wide open on a corner. Lozano scored his fourth goal on a play in the box, and Esquivel scored the tenth after a second cross off a corner found him unmarked to head in his second. Finally Erick Gutierrez got the ball in the area and scored off a left footed shot for the final goal of the night.
Pachuca’s 11-goal night was historic as it passed America's 10-1 victory against Puerto Rico FC in 2014. Although it is part of Pachuca's history, many can and will question the need for Diego Alonso to have Lozano play 90 minutes, especially when he been logging in minutes with both Pachuca and the National Team (he was one of the few players to play in both Copa America and Olympics along with Oribe Peralta). Still for Tuzos fans they can look back at the team writing another chapter in their very good CONCACAF history.