Toluca guaranteed themselves a spot in the 2016 Copa Libertadores with a 3-1 victory over Monterrey on Sunday. The win lifted the Diablos Rojos, who were already qualified for the playoffs, into second place, while the Rayados remained outside the Liguilla in ninth place.
Toluca needed just a draw to qualify for the Libertadores, while Monterrey, already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, was just looking to play spoiler. The opening stanza was lacking in clear chances and neither goalkeeper had much to do, although Jona Orozco did make one great save when he punched the ball over the bar.
Toluca thought they had taken the lead in the 68th minute, but Enrique Triverio’s would-be goal was incorrectly disallowed for offside. Two minutes later, the Rayados had the ball in the back of the net, but Dorlan Pabón’s free kick was also questionably disallowed, and the game remained goalless.
Finally, in the 73rd minute, Christian Cueva sent a cross into the box and Triverio, the Diablos’ leading goalscorer, headed it past Orozco to make it 1-0.
Monterrey quickly found a response, with José María Basanta making it 1-1 in the 80th minute. That draw still would have been enough for Toluca, but they didn’t sit back and play for it; instead, they continued to attack.
Triverio completed his brace in the 84th minute to restore the home team’s advantage, and then Fernando Uribe put the icing on the cake in stoppage time when he finished off a pass from Nicolás Saucedo to make it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 32 points while Monterrey remains on 23.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Moisés Velasco (Darío Bottinelli 93′), Paulo da Silva, Aarón Galindo, Omar Arellano, Erbin Tejo, Antonio Ríos, Jordan Silva, Fernando Uribe, Francisco Gamboa (Christian Cueva 46′), Enrique Triverio (Nicolás Saucedo 88′).
Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Efraín Juárez, José María Basanta, Ricardo Osorio, César Montes, Pablo Barrera (Neri Cardozo 84′), Jesús Zavala (Cándido Ramírez 75′), Walter Gargano, Edwin Cardona, Dorlan Pabón (Aldo de Nigris 81′), Rogelio Funes Mori.