Pachuca was not in form this Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan, and succumbed to a calm and confident effort from LDU Quito, the Copa de Liberadores Champions 2-0 in a game played in driving Japanese rain.
LDU Quito attacking style was evident from the opening whistle.
Argentine forward Claudio Bieler scored just four minutes into the match.
At the 26th minute, Luis Bolanos had help from his LDU Quito teammates in a free kick—they formed a wall in front of the Pachuca wall, totally obscuring the view of Pachuca's keeper until the ball sailed into the net
Going into the half, Pachuca was down 2-0, just as they had been in their match
with Al-Ahly, the African Champions. This time, however, there would be no miracle comeback.
Pachuca perhaps drained after their 4-2(OT) win over Al-Ahly. The rigorous FIFA World Cup schedule has tended to favor the fresher side and this was LDU's first match in Tokyo.
Enrique Meza, Pachuca's coach had this to say following the match according to FIFA.com:
"Liga de Quito deserved their victory today. They were better and more forceful than us,
and they took their chances very well. Our work and possession counted for nothing because we couldn't put away our opportunities. Now, we have to continue working hard for our next game."
Pachuca fell just short in its effort to become the first Mexican team to play in the
finals of the FIFA World Cup and will play a third-place game on Sunday.
LDU Quito has booked a place with Manchester United for the World Championship also on Sunday.