Santos Laguna vs Toluca – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

Santos Laguna fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw Toluca 2-2 in a game that finished 9 vs 10. Both teams were assured of a playoff spot going into this, but were playing for seeding; the draw sees them finish fourth and fifth, which will pit them against each other in the quarterfinals.

The hosts controlled the game early, but a 26th-minute red card to Djaniny allowed Toluca to begin to dominate. In the 35th minute, Gabriel Hauche sent a cross into the box for Pablo Barrientos, who gave the Diablos Rojos the 0-1 lead.

They would make it 0-2 less than five minutes later, with Hauche getting on the scoresheet himself with an assist from Martín Abundiz.

The game began to go sour for Toluca just moments into the second half, however. In the 45th minute, Rodrigo Salinas was called for a foul on Gael Sandoval in the box, and Santos was able to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot. Jonathan Rodríguez converted the spot kick to make it 1-2.

Then, in the 64th minute, Osvaldo Martínez was able to tie the game 2-2 after a great ball from Julio César Furch. Despite playing a man down, Santos looked like they were back in control.

The numbers were evened out in the 72nd minute when Jesús Méndez earned his own marching orders, but Santos suffered a second expulsion minutes after that, when Sandoval was ejected, to leave the game 9 vs 10.

Neither team was able to take advantage of the red cards to score a winning goal, and instead they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

With the 2-2 draw, Santos reaches 26 points while Toluca reaches 27.

Highlights

Lineups

Santos: Jonathan Orozco, Jorge Villafaña, Carlos Izquierdoz, Néstor Araujo, Jorge Sánchez, Gael Walter Sandoval, Ulises Rivas, Osvaldo Martínez, Jonathan Rodríguez, Julio César Furch (Diego de Buen 82′), Djaniny Tavares.

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Efraín Velarde (Aarón Galindo 67′), Rodrigo Salinas, Jordan Silva, Paulo da Silva, Pablo Barrientos, Antonio Ríos, Jesús Méndez, Erbin Trejo, Gabriel Hauche (Juan Delgadillo 79′), Martín Abundiz (Carlos Esquivel 88′). 

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