Chivas de Guadalajara vs Toluca – Semifinal Second Leg Recap and Highlights

Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.

Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.

Toluca was slow to get into the game despite being the team in need of a goal. When they did go forward, they were lacking the final touch, and dangerous chances were few and far between.

In the 30th minute, Chivas took the lead when Néstor Calderón sent a free kick towards the near post that Alfredo Talavera failed to deal with, making it 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

Toluca made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back into the series, and the Diablos Rojos leveled the game just three minutes after the game resumed.

In the 48th minute, José Juan Vázquez was unable to cut out a low cross into the box, and Fernando Uribe was there to send the ball past Rodolfo Cota, making it 1-1 (2-2).

The Diablos still needed another goal, and they pressed forward while Chivas suffered a rash of injuries that prompted three forced substitutions. Ángel Zaldívar came on for the injured Carlos Fierro in the 54th minute, but then needed to be replaced himself in the 70th; captain Carlos Salcido also needed to be subbed due to injury.

Despite that, Toluca was unable to complete the comeback and El Rebaño has booked their spot in a league final for the first time since 2006.

With the 1-1 (2-2) draw, Chivas advances to the final while Toluca is eliminated.

Highlights

Lineups

Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Oswaldo Alanís, Carlos Salcido (Juan Miguel Basulto 82′), Edwin Hernández, Orbelín Pineda, Jesús Sánchez, Carlos Fierro (Ángel Zaldívar 53′ – Eduardo López 70′), José Juan Vázquez, Alan Pulido, Néstor Calderón, Rodolfo Pizarro.

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Efraín Velarde, Paulo da Silva, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Antonio Ríos, Rubens Sambueza, Pablo Barrientos (Enrique Triverio 46′), Erbín Trejo (Jesús Méndez 46′), Gabriel Hauche (Sinha 72′), Fernando Uribe. 

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