León vs Toluca – Jornada 2 Recap and Highlights

León earned a comfortable 3-1 win against 10-man Toluca in their Clausura 2018 home debut. The result is a second straight win for La Fiera, while the Diablos Rojos remain winless.

León looked to make their home field advantage count in this one and they had the first good chance of the game through Andrés Andrade, who hit the post early on. Toluca then had an opportunity of their own through Fernando Uribe, but William Yarbrough made the save.

Toluca had a good spell of possession and pressure, but León weathered the storm and then struck. In the 28th minute, Elías Hernández went one-on-one with Luis García and beat the keeper to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

Despite the deficit, Toluca still looked dangerous, with Rubens Sambueza in particular testing Yarbrough. In the second half, the Diablos continued to press while León defended and looked for chances on the counter.

In the 53rd minute, Toluca’s pressure paid off as Antonio Ríos tied the game 1-1. But parity lasted just three minutes before Luis Montes restored León’s lead with his header.

The insertion of Luis Quiñones gave León another dimension up top and the sub had the ball in the back of the net two minutes after entering the game, only for the would-be goal to be disallowed for offside.

Then, in the 73rd minute, León had the ball in the net again, and that time it counted. Fernando Navarro’s finish made it 3-1 and gave La Fiera a comfortable lead.

The 77th-minute expulsion of Fernando Uribe made a Toluca comeback unlikely, but they continued to press and they found a few late chances to reduce the deficit, most notably when Alex Mejía was called on to clear a shot from Sambueza off the line.

With the 3-1 win, León reaches six points while Toluca still has one.

Highlights

Lineups

León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro (Jorge Díaz 88′), Juan Cornejo (Guillermo Burdisso 66′), Andrés Mosquera, Juan González, Elías Hernández, Luis Montes, Andrés Andrade (Álvaro Ramos 66′), Alexander Mejía, José Rodríguez, Mauro Boselli.

Toluca: Luis García, Santiago García (Maximiliano Perg 59′), Osvaldo González, Aldo Benítez, Rodrigo Salinas, Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Leonel López (Luis Quiñones 64′), Pablo Barrientos, Ernesto Vega (Alexis Canelo 81′), Fernando Uribe.

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