Santos Laguna was unable to overcome the first-leg deficit as they drew 1-1 with Monterrey in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, a result that sees the Rayados advance with a 6-3 aggregate victory.
The superlíder had a tough task ahead of them after falling 5-2 in Thursday’s first leg, but Santos was the highest-scoring team in the Apertura regular season and was unbeaten in their nine home games, so there was a bit of hope for the Guerreros. They came out looking for an early goal to shake things up, and they were able to reduce the aggregate deficit when Brian Lozano scored from outside the box in the 17th minute to make it 1-0 (3-5).
Julio César Furch and Matheus Doria had chances of their own to reduce the deficit further, but neither was able to capitalize on them.
In the second half, Monterrey began to take control of the game, aided by the halftime insertion of Miguel Layún. The visitors looked not just to keep Santos from scoring again, but to go on the attack themselves.
In the 57th minute, Vincent Janssen put the ball in the back of the net for the Rayados after Jesús Gallardo slid the ball across the six-yard box for him; the would-be goal was originally ruled offside, but after VAR review, it stood, making it 1-1 (3-6).
Santos continued to press forward with increasing desperation, but they were unable to retake the lead on the night, let alone on aggregate.
With the 1-1 draw (6-3 aggregate win), Monterrey advances to the semifinals while Santos is eliminated.