Game 2 of tonight’s opening playoffs doubleheader featured the first half of a Round 17 rematch between Santos & Toluca. It also featured something that hasn’t happened in a good 2 months-a Santos loss. Toluca got it’s postseason run off to a solid start thanks to a 4-1 win in the first game of their matchup. Gabriel Hauche headed in the first Toluca goal in the 13th minute, but Jonathan Rodriguez tied it up with a Santos goal in the 52nd minute. The tie was very short-lived this time, as Enrique Triverio answered with a goal only 2 minutes later to make it 2-1 Toluca. Fernando Uribe’s 78th minute goal got the Toluca lead back to 2, and Carlos Esquivel added a good-measure goal in the 87th minute. With this result tonight, Santos must win the second game on the road by at least 4 goals to have any chance to advance to the semifinals.
Goals-Gabriel Hauche (Toluca, 13′, 1st of playoffs), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 52′, 1st of playoffs), Enrique Triverio (Toluca, 54′, 1st of playoffs), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 54′, 1st of playoffs), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca, 87′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner kicks-Santos 7, Toluca 4
Amarillas-Toluca 3 (Alfredo Talavera, 41′, Rodrigo Salinas, 62′, Rubens Sambueza, 75′), Santos 1 (Osvaldo Martinez, 40′)
Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 22,073 (75.4% capacity)
Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Toluca