In a must-win game for both their slim playoff chances and hopes of avoiding demotion, Jaguares was in position to save their season and then some but ultimately failed in a game that could have very far-reaching consequences for them, only managing a 2-2 tie against Santos. It took Jaguares less than 2 minutes to get the lead when Luis Leal broke the goalie’s legs on an attack and casually kicked the ball into the net for the first goal. They kept the lead until the 69th minute, when Osvaldo Martinez got Santos on the board. Jonathan Rodriguez gave the visitors the lead in the 80th minute with a goal, but Jonathan Fabbro got Jaguares back to 2-2 a couple minutes later. 5+ minutes of extra time wasn’t enough to break the tie. It’s a mind-boggling 10th tie for Santos against just 5 wins but only 1 loss, but the point was enough to lock up a playoff berth. As for Jaguares, the tie came at a bad time-with this result, if they lose or tie next week or Morelia wins, they will be demoted. They’re also out of the playoff race. It also means Puebla is safe from demotion and also means Veracruz is safe unless they somehow lose by 13 goals more than Jaguares can win by next week.
Goals-Luis Lead (Jaguares, 1′, 3rd of tournament), Osvalo Martinez (Santos, 69′, 3rd of tournament), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 80′, 5th of tournament), Jonathan Fabbro (Jaguares, 83′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 2, Jaguares 1
Corner kicks-Jaguares 6, Santos 2
Amarillas-Jaguares 1 (Juan Patino, 66′)
Venue: Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Attendance: 25,843 (89.1% capacity)
Jaguares-at Atlas (5/6)