Heavy rain made for difficult playing conditions, with puddles of standing water forming on the field of the Estadio Morelos. Nevertheless, the game started at a good pace and both teams had some good attacking forays in the early going.
Julio César Furch squandered a clear opportunity to take the lead with the keeper beaten and the open goal gaping; minutes later, Morelia made Santos rue that missed chance as they buried one of their own.
In the 15th minute, the hosts mounted a quick counterattack, which ended with Sebastián Ferreira stooping to head home a cross from Edison Flores: 1-0.
But Santos responded almost immediately. In the 17th minute, Sebastián Sosa made the initial save on Furch, but the rebound fell perfectly for Diego Valdés, who put it away to tie the game 1-1.
Morelia grabbed the lead back late in the half, however. In the 43rd minute, Edison Flores received the ball at the top of the box, cut in towards the center, and beat Jona Orozco from outside the box to make it 2-1.
In the second half, Santos had a golden opportunity to tie the game when, after VAR review, Emanuel Loeschbor was called for a foul in the box, giving them a penalty kick in the 58th minute. Furch stepped up to take it – and Sosa made the save to preserve Morelia’s lead.
Everything seemed to be going Morelia’s way, and they sat back to control the game without pressing for an insurance goal. With time winding down, Santos won a corner kick, and Hugo Rodríguez headed it home to tie it up 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
With the 2-2 draw, Morelia reaches 20 points while Santos reaches 27.