Toluca vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

It wasn’t without some controversy, but Toluca opened their season with a 2-0 win against 10-man Monarcas Morelia.

The Diablos Rojos came out attacking and soon tested Sebastián Sosa, but the keeper was able to deny Rubens Sambueza an early opener. The Monarquía used their speed on the wings to test Alfredo Talavera as well, and Irven Ávila came close in the 32nd minute, only to send his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

The first half finished goalless, but minutes after the game resumed, Toluca took the lead. In the 47th minute, combination play between Rubens Sambueza and Alexis Vega ended with a low cross into the box that Alexis Canelo sent home to make it 1-0.

The afternoon quickly got worse for Morelia as Aldo Rocha earned his second yellow card of the game in the 49th minute to leave his team with just 10 men.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Morelia kept fighting for an equalizer, and in the 89th minute they thought they had one as Emanuel Loeschbor headed a free kick into the net. Morelia celebrated, but assistant referee Juan Carlos Salinas raised his flag for offside and play restarted with Morelia unaware.

In the confusion, Toluca quickly brought the ball down field and Rubens Sambueza made it 2-0 with his shot into an empty net. Morelia’s furious protests were in vain, as their would-be goal was invalidated and Toluca’s second was upheld.

Despite being on the winning side of the controversies, Toluca coach Hernán Crisante managed to get himself ejected in stoppage time.

With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches three points while Morelia still has zero.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Osvaldo González, Cristian Borja, Rodrigo Salinas, Carlos Calvo, William da Silva (Adolfo Domínguez 64′), Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Luis Quiñones (Amaury Escoto 83′), Ernesto Vega, Alexis Canelo (Kevin Castañeda 73′).

Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Efraín Velarde, Carlos Guzmán, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Carlos Fierro (Roberto Meraz 58′), Diego Valdés, Ray Sandoval (Gastón Lezcano 64′), Rodrigo Millar (Miguel Ángel Sansores 73′), Aldo Rocha, Irven Avila.

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