Cruz Azul earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Santos Laguna. The loss keeps the Laguneros winless and drops them to the foot of the league table in José Manuel de la Torre’s first game as head coach.
Santos came out well-organized and the visitors defended well in the first half. Joao Rojas was Cruz Azul’s most dangerous player as he pulled the strings in attack, but the visitors’ defense stood firm, with young goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo – making his first-team debut in place of the suspended Augstín Marchesín – doing well to preserve the 0-0 scoreline.
The game came to life in the second half, however, and Cruz Azul found the breakthrough in the 56th minute. Jorge Benítez’s original shot was blocked, but the rebound fell to Jonathan Cristaldo, whose first-time attempt found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later, Aldo Leao played in Joao Rojas, who got in behind the defense and made it 2-0.
Santos got the chance to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, after Velázquez brought down Walter Sandoval. Jonathan Rodríguez saw his PK attempt stopped by Jesús Corona, but the rebound fell back to the Uruguayan, who made no mistake the second time.
But Santos was unable to go on to find an equalizer; instead, they gifted Cruz Azul a penalty kick of their own, which Francisco Silva converted to make it 3-1 for La Máquina.
With the 3-1 win, Cruz Azul reaches seven points while Santos remains on two.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Julián Velázquez, Francisco Silva, Adrián Aldrete, Aldo Ramírez, Rafael Baca (Víctor Zúñiga 66′), Joao Rojas, Enzo Roco, Jonathan Cristaldo (Omar Mendoza 89′), Jorge Benítez (Christian Giménez 71′).
Santos: Carlos Acevedo, José Javier Abella (Ulises Dávila 86′), Kristian Álvarez, Carlos Izquierdoz, Jorge Flores, Bryan Rabello (Martín Bravo 75′), Jesús Molina, Walter Sandoval, Emiliano Armenteros (Mauricio Cuero 65′), Jonathan Rodríguez, Freddy Hinestroza.