Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Santos Laguna’s season-long home unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in the first game of the playoffs, where Toluca picked up an impressive 1-4 away win in the first leg of this quarterfinal series. The victory is also the first one for the Diablos Rojos in Torreón since 2004.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute, when Gabriel Hauche finished off a cross from Rubens Sambueza – back from suspension – to make it 0-1.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and one physical trainer in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
Jesús Méndez of Toluca will miss the Diablos Rojos’ first playoff game for a lack of respect towards the match officials; Djaniny Tavares and Walter Gael Sandoval, both of Santos Laguna, will likewise miss their quarterfinal first leg game due to serious foul play.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Tijuana, Monterrey, Chivas de Guadalajara, Toluca, Santos Laguna, Atlas, Tigres UANL, and Monarcas Morelia will now face off for the Clausura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs this Wednesday and Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend. There are two clásicos in this round, with Monterrey and Tigres facing off in the Clásico Regio and Chivas and Atlas contesting the Clásico Tapatío.
Santos Laguna fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw Toluca 2-2 in a game that finished 9 vs 10. Both teams were assured of a playoff spot going into this, but were playing for seeding; the draw sees them finish fourth and fifth, which will pit them against each other in the quarterfinals.
The hosts controlled the game early, but a 26th-minute red card to Djaniny allowed Toluca to begin to dominate. In the 35th minute, Gabriel Hauche sent a cross into the box for Pablo Barrientos, who gave the Diablos Rojos the 0-1 lead.
An entertaining game where both teams had the lead at one time or another was marred at the end as it all degenerated into chaos and violence. Jaguares fans ran on to the field in stoppage time and then fought with police in and around the stands, with several injuries to security personnel. After a 14-minute delay, the final few minutes were able to be played, with the game ultimately finishing 2-2 between Jaguares de Chiapas and Santos Laguna.
The point is a valuable one for Jaguares in the relegation fight, which is now down to the Chiapanecos and Monarcas Morelia; tonight’s draw mathematically ensures Veracruz’s safety.
Santos Laguna scored a stoppage-time goal to beat América 2-1 on Sunday night. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season while ending the Águilas two-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak.
Santos made their home-field advantage count here and they looked much the better side in the first half. The hosts created numerous chances and out-shot América 26 to 8 over the course of the ninety minutes. Nevertheless, most of those shots were off target and when halftime rolled around the game was still deadlocked at 0-0.
Santos Laguna took the early lead but Atlas scored late to tie it as this game finished 1-1. The result leaves both teams winless in two, but Atlas remains unbeaten at home in four and Santos is unbeaten in five overall.
The visitors took the lead in the 8th minute when Walter Sandoval took the ball into the box, got it back from Julio César Furch, and shot past Miguel Ángel Fraga to make it 0-1.
Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Santos Laguna ended up drawing 2-2 with Monterrey on Wednesday night. The result nevertheless keeps Santos unbeaten at home this season as well as unbeaten overall in their last four, while the Rayados are now unbeaten in two.
The game started off brightly for the Guerreros, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Djaniny sent a good cross into the box and Julio César Furch was there to head it home and give Santos the 1-0 lead.