Clausura 2017 Round 17 Results: Santos 2, Toluca 2

The final game of the regular season was also the one with the most playoff implications as it would determine all but the 1-8 matchup. It was also a chance for both Santos & Toluca to take second place if they could be victorious. But given this was Toluca-Santos, that of course was not the case as they played to-perhaps unsurprisingly-a quite eventful 2-2 tie. The fireworks started in the 26th minute when Santos’ Jorge Tavares was victimized by a not-too-hard elbow strike he delivered to a Toluca player who very nicely flopped and sold the being hurt-giving him sympathy & Tavares a Rojas! HE GONE! That put Santos a man down with roughly 65 minutes left. Toluca then got goals from Pablo Barrientos & Gabriel Hauche in a 4-minute span to take a 2-0 lead, which held into halftime. At the start of the second half Santos got a PENAL! which Jonathan Rodriguez converted to make it a 2-1 game. Julio Furch then scored in the 64th minute to tie it up at 2. Then more fireworks-in the 72nd minute, Toluca’s Jesus Mendez got a little too pushy-literally-going for the ball against a Santos player and was called for it by the linesman-Mendez apparently had some choice words and got the flag and a Rojas! HE GONE! Now it was 10-aside, but not for long…soon after play restarted Santos’ Walter Sandoval got caught kicking his leg up too high going for an air ball and made foot-on-foot contact with an also-leaping Toluca attacker…and right in front of the ref…Rojas! HE GONE! So now it was 10 men for Toluca vs. 9 for Santos for the last 15 minutes or so. That’s how it ended. So with their astounding 11th tie of the year, Santos finishes 5th and Toluca, missing out on another big opportunity, finishes 4th, which means…REMATCH! They’ll play each other again in the Quarterfinals! If this was a preview of things to come this will be the matchup to watch.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pablo Barrientos (Toluca, 35′, 4th of tournament), Gabriel Hauche (Toluca, 39′, 3rd of tournament), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 45′, 6th of tournament, Penalty Kick), Julio Furch (Santos, 64′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 1
Corner kicks-Santos 5, Toluca 4
Amarillas-Toluca 4 (Jesus Mendez, 48′, Antonio Rios, 52′, Hauche, 58′, Aaron Galindo, 75′)
Rojas-Santos 2 (Jorge Tavares, 26′, Walter Sandoval, 76′), Toluca 1 (Mendez, 72′)

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 26,739 (91.4% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-TBA vs. Toluca in Gran Fiesta Quarterfinals
Toluca-TBA vs. Santos in Gran Fiesta Quarterfinals