Toluca vs Necaxa – Jornada 12 Recap and Highlights

Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 victory against Necaxa. The result gives the Diablos Rojos back-to-back wins, while the Rayos are now winless in five.

The game was hard-fought and stuck in midfield initially, before Necaxa began to create chances along the left wing. In the 24th minute, the visitors had the first dangerous opportunity of the game when Jesús Isijara connected with Edson Puch. The Chilean got around Rodrigo Salinas but saw his shot stopped by Alfredo Talavera.

In the 38th minute, the hosts had a dangerous chance of their own on the counter. José Méndez played in Fernando Uribe, who beat Marcelo Barovero but was stopped by the post.

It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Toluca was able to find the breakthrough, and it was via an own-goal. Méndez and Gabriel Hauche combined well and when Jesús Chávez attempted to clear the ball out for a corner, the unfortunate defender instead sent it into his own net. Toluca took the 1-0 lead in the 71st minute.

After that goal, Toluca looked to control the lead while Necaxa began a fervent push for an equalizer. In the waning moments of the game, the Diablos Rojos ensured their victory with an 88th minute goal by Erbín Trejo, with an assist from Sinha, to make it 2-0.

With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches 22 points while Necaxa still has 10.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Paulo da Silva, Rodrigo Salinas, Efraín Velarde, Osvaldo González, Antonio Ríos, José Méndez, Pablo Barrientos (Sinha 63′), Carlos Esquivel, Fernando Uribe (Antonio Pedroza 92′), Gabriel Hauche (Erbín Trejo 75′).

Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Diego Hernández (Maximiliano Barreiro 80′), Brayan Beckeles, Marcos González (Jesús Chávez 67′), Mario de Luna, Jesús Isijara (Nicolás Maturana 75′), Luis Gallegos, Manuel Iturra, Xavier Báez, Claudio Riaño, Edson Puch. 

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