Santos Laguna won their sixth Liga MX championship with a 3-2 aggregate score against Toluca. The ‘Diablos’ weren’t able to make a comeback at home after losing the first leg 2-1 in Torreón.
Toluca came out strong in the early minutes of the second leg, but the Bombonera’s ‘hell’ became silent after Julio Furch scored within 10 minutes to give the ‘Guerreros’ a two-goal lead in the tie.
¡Gran definición de @julitofurch para abrir el marcador en Toluca! 💚🇳🇬👊
— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantos) May 21, 2018
However, the home side were able to take control of the game and through long-range shots got close to scoring but Jonathan Orozco’s saves denied them from getting within one goal before half time.
As the game resumed in the second half, Toluca grew more desperate and started running out of ideas in the final third. Hernán Cristante’s side relied on getting people up front and sending long balls.
That gave Santos multiple opportunities to ice the game in counterattacks, but they weren’t sharp enough.
As the Comarca Lagunera’s side got closer to Liga MX’s glory they abandoned their offensive efforts. Which ended up with Toluca equalising the second leg with a tap-in from Gabriel Hauche.
¡EXPLOTA el INFIERNO 🏟! Gabriel Hauche encuentra el balón y le da vida a Toluca
— Televisa Deportes (@TD_Deportes) May 21, 2018
But any other attempts from Toluca were denied by Orozco, whose performance was vital for Santos victory.
Santos’ Uruguayan boss, Róbert Dante Siboldi, is the first South American coach to win a Liga MX title with the club. Siboldi was originally appointed as the interim coach only eight months ago.
Santos Laguna’s ‘black beast’ are the ‘Diablos’ and their stadium, were they previously lost two finals. Saints finally turned the tables around in the Clausura 2018 tournament and were able to beat ‘Evil’.