Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Santos Laguna ended up drawing 2-2 with Monterrey on Wednesday night. The result nevertheless keeps Santos unbeaten at home this season as well as unbeaten overall in their last four, while the Rayados are now unbeaten in two.
The game started off brightly for the Guerreros, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Djaniny sent a good cross into the box and Julio César Furch was there to head it home and give Santos the 1-0 lead.
In the 17th minute, they made it 2-0. Furch and Djaniny combined again before finding Ulises Rivas; the young midfielder stabbed the ball home at the far post to give Santos what looked like a comfortable lead.
But in the 24th minute, the Rayados reduced the deficit. Yimmi Chara struck on the counterattack and sent his shot arcing into the upper left corner from the top of the box to make it 2-1.
In the second half, Monterrey began to control possession as they looked to complete the comeback. Then, in the 55th minute, Edwin Cardona danced around the defense before roofing the ball over Jonathan Orozco at the near post to make it 2-2.
The Rayados nearly went on to take the lead in the 66th minute, again through Cardona, but that time Orozco was able to make the save.
Both teams continued to press for a winning goal right up until the final whistle, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 2-2 draw, Santos reaches 20 points while Monterrey reaches 23.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, Jorge Villafaña, Néstor Araujo, Jorge Sánchez, Carlos Izquierdoz, Djaniny Tavares, Walter Sandoval (Ulises Dávila 83′), Ulises Rivas (Jonathan Rodríguez 63′), Diego de Buen, Osvaldo Martínez, Julio César Furch.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, César Montes, Luis Fuentes, Iván Piris, Arturo González (Walter Gargano 55′), Carlos Sánchez, Edwin Cardona (Walter Ayoví 79′), Jesús Molina, Rogelio Funes Mori, Yimmi Chara (Aldo de Nigris 83′).