Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, but winless in two overall, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in the Apertura 2018.
The visitors had more possession in the first half, but they were stymied by a well-organized defense. Cruz Azul couldn’t break through while Santos sat back, absorbed the pressure, and then looked to strike on the counter.
Cruz Azul’s clearest chance came in the 25th minute on a counterattack of their own, but it ended with Elías Hernández’s shot going wide. Meanwhile, Santos began to get more possession and they found a few chances near the end of the half from set pieces.
The second half started with both teams looking to break the deadlock. Santos had a great chance right off the bat when Jonathan Rodríguez was played in one-on-one with Jesús Corona; the Uruguayan sent his shot towards the left corner, but Corona was able to make a good save to keep it 0-0.
Corona was called into action several more times against a resurgent Santos attack, but when the opening goal came it was for the visitors. In the 75th minute, Milton Caraglio played in Martín Cauteruccio, who cut around his defender before nutmegging Jona Orozco to make it 0-1 for Cruz Azul.
But Santos found a late equalizer. In the 84th minute, Orozco played a long clearance up to Rodríguez, who beat his defender before cutting a cross back for Deinner Quiñones, who knocked it home to make it 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Santos reaches 14 points while Cruz Azul reaches 17.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Jesús Angulo, Hugo Nervo, Matheus Doria, Jesús Isijara (Deinner Quiñones 74′), Osvaldo Martínez (Gerardo Arteaga 86′), Brian Lozano, José Juan Vázquez, Eduardo Herrera (Eduar Preciado 60′), Jonathan Rodríguez.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Adrián Aldrete, Elías Hernández (Édgar Mendez 45′), Ángel Mena (Martín Cauteruccio 54′), Rafael Baca, Iván Marcone, Roberto Alvarado, Milton Caraglio (Javier Salas 80′).