Quarterfinal Second Leg: Monarcas Morelia vs Toluca – Recap and Highlights

Monarcas Morelia overturned a first-leg deficit as they beat Toluca 2-1 in tonight’s second leg. With the series tied 3-3 on aggregate and away goals level at one each, Morelia advanced as the higher seed.

The night started off perfectly for the visitors, with Fernando Uribe running on to a long pass and beating Sebastián Sosa to make it 0-1 (1-3)  for Toluca in just the 4th minute.

However, Morelia responded immediately, with Raúl Ruidíaz heading home a cross from Ángel Sepúlveda in the 5th minute to make it 1-1 (2-3).

That goal gave Morelia momentum and they built on it. In the 14th minute, Rodrigo Millar sent the ball into the box, where it was sent on by Gabriel Achilier. It set up nicely for Sepúlveda, who finished off the play with a bicycle kick to make it 2-1 (3-3) and put the hosts back in control of the series.

Toluca threw numbers forward after that goal; all of the pressure to score was on the Diablos Rojos, but Morelia’s position was not all that secure, as a single goal by Toluca would have forced them to respond with two.

The final minutes of the game got very heated, with Toluca’s coach Hernán Cristante ejected in stoppage time before Morelia’s Miguel Ángel Sansores was sent off for an elbow in the 94th minute.

With the 2-1 win (3-3 aggregate draw), Morelia advances to the semifinals while Toluca is eliminated.

Highlights

Lineups

Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Rodríguez, Sebastián Vegas, Gabriel Achilier, Carlos Guzmán, Rodrigo Millar (Juan Rodríguez 78′), Mario Osuna, Diego Valdés (Miguel Ángel Sansores 88′), Gastón Lezcano (Rodolfo Vilchis 76′), Raúl Ruidíaz, Ángel Sepúlveda.

Toluca: Luis García, Santiago García, Osvaldo González, Efraín Velarde, Rodrigo Salinas, Jesús Méndez (Rodrigo Gómez 78′), Antonio Ríos, Carlos Equivel (Rubens Sambueza 62′), Pablo Barrientos, Fernando Uribe, Alexis Canelo (Ernesto Vega 54′).

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