The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
In the 9th minute, Toluca had the ball in the back of the net following a set piece; however, the would-be goal by Fernando Uribe was disallowed for offside.
After that, Chivas began to create chances of their own. In the 22nd minute, they came close with a ball to the far post, but it was just out of reach for Carlos Fierro. Then, in the 42nd minute, a header by Orbelín Pineda forced a good save out of Alfredo Talavera to keep it 0-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, Toluca had more possession but was unable to find a breakthrough with it. They came close through Rodolfo Salinas, who tried a long-distance shot that required Rodolfo Cota to stretch to keep it out.
Then, in the 82nd minute, the visitors took the lead. A blocked shot rebounded to Rodolfo Pizarro, who beat Talavera to give Chivas the 0-1 lead – and a valuable away goal.
But El Rebaño was in front for just two minutes before Rubens Sambueza sent a cross into the box for Uribe, whose header beat Cota to make it 1-1.
Neither team was able to find a winning goal in the scant time remaining, which leaves the series delicately balanced ahead of the decisive leg in Guadalajara.
The 1-1 draw means Sunday’s second leg will be a winner-takes-all affair. Should the two teams draw again, a 0-0 or 1-1 result would see Chivas advance, while a 2-2 draw or higher would put Toluca into the final.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Paulo da Silva, Efraín Velarde, Antonio Ríos (Jesús Méndez 86′), Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche (Carlos Esquivel 60′), Erbin Trejo, Pablo Barrientos (Enrique Triverio 70′), Fernando Uribe.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Edwin Hernández, Carlos Salcido, Jesús Sánchez, Oswaldo Alanís, Orbelín Pineda (Ángel Zaldívar 62′), Michael Pérez, Carlos Fierro (Rodolfo Pizarro 58′), José Juan Vázquez, Néstor Valderón (Javier López 74′), Alan Pulido.