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Toluca vs Pachuca: times and how to watch the Liga MX 2022 Apertura final online and on TV

The Estadio Nemesio Díez hosts the first leg of the Apertura 2022 final as Toluca’s ‘Diablos Rojos’ face Pachuca’s ‘Los Tuzos with a 9:06 pm (ET) start.

Toluca vs Pachuca: times and how to watch the Liga MX 2022 Apertura final online and on TV
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After four months of competition, the 2022 Liga MX Apertura season reaches its climax with Toluca and Pachuca going head-to-head in the final with the Diablos Rojos’ looking for their eleventh title and ‘Los Tuzos’ from Pachuca looking to claim their seventh league glory.

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Pachuca head coach Guillermo Almada goes into his third consecutive Liga MX final and will be hoping it’s a case of ‘third time lucky’ after his Santos Laguna side fell to Atlas in the 2021 Apertura. The Uruguayan then moved to the Pachuca bench and once again Atlas were their undoing in the Clausura 2022. The 56-year-old will, however be inspired by his sides performance at the Estadio Nemesio Diez during the regular season where his men outmuscled Toluca running out 1-4 winners in their meeting in August.

A fascinating first-leg encounter awaits at ‘La Bombonera’ on Thursday night in the first installment of the two-legged final.

What time does Toluca vs Pachuca kick off?

The 2022 Liga MX Apertura final (first leg) action between Toluca and Pachuca gets underway at the Estadio Nemesio Diez, on Thursday 27 October 2022 at 8:06 pm (local time), which equates to US: 9:06 pm (ET) and 6:06 pm US (PT).

Find out what time Toluca-Pachuca starts if you’re elsewhere in the world.

Where can I watch Toluca vs Pachuca in the US?

In the US, the following networks and online services will be broadcasting the Liga MX action: Fubo TV, TUDN.com, TUDN App

You can watch Toluca vs Pachuca via streaming in the US on Fubo (free trial available)

Toluca-Pachuca: AS USA live coverage

You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of the action from Toluca right here at AS USA. We’ll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.

Toluca-Pachuca: surprise finalists

Ignacio Ambriz’s side sent shock-waves through the world of Mexican football last weekend as his side eliminated high flying and highly fancied Club America with a 3-2 aggregate win that silenced the Estadio Azteca.

America's Emilio Lara (C) reacts after losing against Toluca
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America's Emilio Lara (C) reacts after losing against Toluca CLAUDIO CRUZAFP

Toluca are on a solid run since their away defeat to Tigres in early September and having finished sixth in the regular season were forced to participate in the repechaje/wild-card round where they saw off Juarez with a solid 3-0 win. A wild 6-4 semi-final aggregate win over Santos Laguna set up the semi-final clash against ‘Las Aguilas’ and a narrow 3-2 win with many ‘azulcremas’ fans still lamenting the disallowed Henry Martin goal which VAR overruled with the striker millimetres in an offside position.

Toluca have won the Mexican title 10 times, putting the team third on the all-time rankings, behind only América (13) and Guadalajara (12). Some would point to the clubs more than 100 years of history to build upon, but Toluca’s professional team began in 1950. That said, they’ve been involved in a total of 17 league finals.

‘Los Tuzos’ have had to overcome the Monterrey giants in Tigres UANL and ‘Los Rayados’ on their path to the final and will point to their solid defense that were able to keep Monterrey at bay last Sunday and make good their first leg 5-2 advantage.

Pachuca's Aviles Hurtado (L) celebrates after scoring
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Pachuca's Aviles Hurtado (L) celebrates after scoring JULIO CESAR AGUILARAFP

Pachuca are striving for more glory having already bagged six top flight titles in the Mexican game. Those success Invierno 1999, Invierno 2001, Apertura 2003, Clausura 2006, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2016.

Toluca-Pachuca: past five meetings

August 2022: Apertura: Toluca 1-4 Pachuca

March 2022: Clausura: Toluca 0-3 Pachuca

September 2021: Apertura: Pachuca 1-2 Toluca

March 2021: Clausura: Toluca 0-2 Pachuca

Sept. 2020: Apertura: Pachuca 0-0 Toluca