Pachuca comes up short against Mazembe


And just like that, the Club World Cup is over for Pachuca. Unable to answer a first half TP Mazembe goal, the CONCACAF representative was ousted at the first obstacle, falling by a 1-0 scoreline.

Mbeza Beli scored for the African side in the 21st minute, just after Alejandro Manso nearly opened the scoring for the Mexican club. He crept in behind Pachuca's back line, and got on the end of a through ball from Mulota Kabangu, before lashing it home from just inside the six-yard box over goalie Miguel Calero.

Pachuca's response was disjointed and lacked a cutting edge in Mazembe's box. They piled it on in the second half, but came up empty in search of an equalizer — even going up a man in the 81st minute when Stoppila Sunzu received his second yellow card of the match.

Jose Francisco Torres started for Pachuca, but was subbed off in the 73rd minute. Herculez Gomez came on as a substitute a minute later and put in a short, but energetic shift.

What did you think of the result? Disappointed to see CONCACAF's rep sent home early?

Share your thoughts below.

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25 Responses to Pachuca comes up short against Mazembe

  1. Peter says:

    Good effort by Gomez with the service from the right flank. Hope RSL can win CCL when it resumes in February.

  2. czest says:

    what what what?

  3. BSU SC says:

    Damn. That sucks. Hopefully RSL or Columbus can give CONCACAF a better showing next year.

  4. Tim M. says:

    The coach was pretty awful for Pachuca. They just sat back in the first half for the most part just passing it around trying to establish a rhythm and it got them no where.

    They should of been playing at a fast rhythm from the start and pressuring the attack instead of just letting them command the ball for big spurts.

  5. Cletus Bugsley says:

    Wow, look how they play when theres actually some non-homer refs.

  6. ... says:

    Manso’s strike deserved to go in. It was class. So unlucky to hit the post at just the right angle to rebound out instead of in.

  7. Tim M. says:

    Columbus is in denial and rebuilding.

  8. bla bla says:

    as long as no MLS or Mexican team takes Concacaf serious this would still happen…

  9. Alex G says:

    Estupidos lol, well I guess I can expect anything since Qatar won the World Cup Bid, disappointed once again.

  10. MicahK says:

    Gomez should have stayed at Puebla why did he leave again ? Or was he loaned to Puebla I forgot.

  11. Craig says:

    Monterrey & Santos>>>>>>>>>>Pachuca.

  12. CACuzcatlan says:

    He left, probably for more money.

  13. BenH says:

    Not unexpected. They had a terrible season this past one. The new coach is pathetic. They did nothing in the Mexican league in their latest edition.

    Unfortunate that it wasn’t Monterrey representing CONCACAF. They’re in good form right now.

  14. Either way, I love watching Torres. He played well, despite that he appeared to be nursing an injury.

    Say what you will, Pachuca were pretty technical with the ball.

  15. John says:

    The BIGGEST joke is that the best teams like Monterrey and Cruz Azul don’t represent because of the way this tournament is set up. Meza left Pachuca and Pachuca was a big joke in the Apertura, so how can anyone expect them to perform at a higher level?

  16. Tim says:

    He had a one season contract at Puebla then after his great season left for Pachuca which is a much bigger club. So he probably got a better contract and a step up to a bigger club.

  17. CplDaniel says:

    Well, I’m sorry to hear they are out, but I’m still gonna drink a toast Jose Fransisco Torres (JFT) and the Boys from Pachuca.

  18. wilyboy says:

    Pachuca is not good enough for Gomez to be a “super sub.”

  19. MiamiFCduros says:

    JTF had a good game and HERC should have come in earlier. Bad coaching from Los Tuzos

  20. DCLee says:

    Agreed but it is the same with all the teams. Inter is in it without Morinho and without watching them this season I can’t name a player missing but I’m sure they have lost someone as well.

  21. Dave says:

    If Qatar bothers you, root for Israel in ’22. Imagine the apoplexy!

  22. Jimmy says:

    Herc had an impressive cameo — providing very nice service from the wing.

    Torres…that kid can ball. If only he got more looks with our national side.

  23. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Torres had a really rough start, making 3 errors in his first 3 touches, but after that really settled into a rhythm with Manso in the middle…Pachuca was far the ‘better’ team except for the finishing. two or three of Pacos passes were unlucky not to spring a goal.
    Thought the left side was really really bad any quality on that side and this would have been 3/4-1 Pachuca.
    Gomez was impressive, but thought he should have been up front, though I doubt he would have gotten the service needed from the wings.

  24. fieldsy says:

    good to see torres play in the tournament. i really enjoyed listening to the music coming from mazembe, great rythm!

  25. Dudeinho says:

    Saprissa has been the only concacaf team to actually impress in this tournament. Its been all mexico teams going since then and its been the same crappy results