Cruz Azul vs Toluca – Jornada 2 Recap and Highlights

Cruz Azul was moments away from their first win of the Apertura, but a stoppage-time goal by Toluca meant it finished 1-1. The result keeps both teams winless this season, although La Máquina also remain unbeaten.

Cruz Azul controlled the game in the first half, with more possession and more chances, while Toluca sat back to defend and looked somewhat shaky in doing so. But the hosts weren’t able to take advantage. On the other hand, on the few occasions that Toluca managed to get into the attack, they looked dangerous, such as a 9th-minute shot by Federico Mancuella that hit the post.

The Diablos hit the woodwork again three minutes later through Alan Medina, but after that their chances were few and far between.

At the other end, Alfredo Talavera was repeatedly forced into action to keep Cruz Azul off the board, making saves against Roberto Alvarado, Édgar Méndez, and Milton Caraglio to keep the game goalless going into halftime.

But just minutes after the restart, Cruz Azul found the breakthrough. In the 47th minute, Toluca could only clear a corner kick as far as Jonathan Rodríguez – about six yards outside the box – who lined it up and sent his shot from distance into the back of the net. 1-0.

La Máquina continued to press as they looked for an insurance goal, and in the 71st minute Alvarado hit the woodwork as they came close to getting one.

The lack of a second goal would prove costly. In the 91st minute, an unmarked Alan Medina finished off a low cross at the far post to make it 1-1 at the death.

With the 1-1 draw, Cruz Azul reaches two points while Toluca reaches one.


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