Querétaro players scored three times – and Santos Laguna walked away with a 2-1 victory, thanks to a pair of own goals. The result snaps a six-game winless streak for the Laguneros and keeps them mathematically in playoff contention, while the Gallos Blancos remain winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for Santos Laguna and new head coach Guillermo Almada, as they took the lead just four minutes into the game. Julio César Furch redirected the ball into the unfortunate Víctor Milke, who turned it into his own net to make it 1-0 early on.
Querétaro’s luck did not improve from there, as they conceded another goal – another own-goal – in the 17th minute. A shot from outside the box by Marcelo Correa crashed into the post and then rebounded in off the diving goalkeeper to make it 2-0, with Gil Alcalá credited with the own-goal.
The visitors looked for a reaction and they had a few chances to reduce the deficit, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough. Santos came close to adding a third in the 35th minute when Carlos Orrantia hit the post, but this time the ball rebounded away instead of in.
But just moments after the restart, the Gallos Blancos got back into the game. In the 46th minute, Ake Loba pounced on a slip by Gerardo Arteaga to win the ball and start a counterattack that ended with Loba beating Jonathan Orozco to make it 2-1.
Querétaro pressed forward in search of an equalizer, but Santos continued to create chances of their own as well, including a one-on-one opportunity that Brian Lozano couldn’t put away.
In the end, Santos Laguna held on to the 2-1 lead while Querétaro suffered another disappointing loss.
With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches 19 points while Querétaro still has eight.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Hugo Nervo, Gerardo Arteaga, Matheus Doria, Carlos Orrantía (Deinner Quiñones 82′), Brian Lozano, Ulises Rivas, José Juan Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Marcelo Correa (Diego Valdés 74′).
Querétaro: Gil Alcalá, Geroge Corral, Luis Romo, Diego Novaretti, Víctor Milke (Jaime Gómez 45′), Miguel Ángel Samudio, Alexis Pérez, Jordan Sierra, Jonathan Suárez (Javier Güemez 78′), Camilo Sanvezzo (Ayron del Valle 61′), Ake Loba.