Nestor Araujo Injured In Exhibition Game

During the Mexican National Team’s exhibition game vs. Croatia this past weekend, Mexican striker Nestor Araujo suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal of his right hand. He was hospitalized and had successful surgery yesterday. It’s not known how long he will be out but he is expected to begin rehab in one week. Hopefully he will be ready in time for the new Liga MX year that begins in about 6-7 weeks. Araujo played for Santos this past year.

Source: Santos Laguna press release

Disciplinary Commission Investigation Update

The Disciplinary Commission has completed its investigation into incidents that happened during the Jaguares-Santos game in Clausura 2017 Round 16, where fans & “animation group” members invaded the field and briefly halted play among other incidents. The Commisson determined that Jaguares violated 3 articles of the Sanctions Regulation, and the punishment is an undisclosed fine and a stadium veto, meaning their first home game of the Ascenso MX 2017-2018 season will be played in a closed/empty Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna. No penalties were levied against Santos.

Clausura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 2 Results: Santos 3, Toluca 1

One of Toluca’s biggest problems the second half was its inability to take advantage of big opportunities when presented with such-and it nearly cost them dearly tonight in a 3-1 Santos win in Game 2 of their quarterfinal matchup. The possible collapse started when Toluca’s Enrique Triverio scored a 20th minute OWN GOAL! But he was bailed out in the 41st minute by an Antonio Rios goal to get Toluca to 1-1. Santos answered right away though with a Ulises Rivas score right before halftime. In the second half Santos got a Julio Furch goal in the 59th minute, and that’s how the game ended. Despite the 3-1 win it wasn’t enough for Santos to overcome their 4-1 loss in game 1, and by virtue of a 5-4 total score Toluca hangs on to advance to the semifinals. Now they wait for tomorrow to find out who they play next, namely the early game of Atlas-Guadalajara. Toluca should be rooting hard for Atlas because if the Chivas rally to win the matchup and advance, Toluca has a chance of having to face Tigres. But if Atlas wins, Toluca avoids Tigres and gets either Atlas or Morelia.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enrique Triverio (Toluca, 20′, OWN GOAL), Antonio Rios (Toluca, 41′, 1st of playoffs), Ulises Rivas (Santos, 44′, 1st of playoffs), Julio Furch (Santos, 59′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Santos 1
Corner kicks-Santos 6, Toluca 1
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Nestor Araujo, 54′, Carlos Izquierdoz, 85′), Toluca 2 (Pablo Barrientos, 53′, Jesus Mendez, 83′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 25,544 (101.1% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Toluca-TBA in Semifinals
Santos-Apertura 2017 Tournament

Clausura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Toluca 4, Santos 1

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.

Game Stats:
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′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 22,073 (75.4% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Toluca

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

Clausura 2017 Round 16 Results: Jaguares 2, Santos 2

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.

Game Stats:
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′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Attendance: 25,843 (89.1% capacity)

Next up:
Jaguares-at Atlas (5/6)
Santos-Toluca (5/7)

Clausura 2017 Round 15 Results: Santos 2, America 1

The final game of the weekend seemed to be heading towards a ho-hum affair with nothing happening, but as has often been the case this half it went down to the wire, and in the end it was Santos perhaps saving their playoff chances with a last-second 2-1 win at home over America. For the first 80 minutes very little happened outside of a couple Amarillas near the end of that time, but then business really picked up. In the 82nd minute Jonathan Rodriguez finally broke the ice with a goal for Santos, but Oribe Peralta again seemed poised to be the hero for America, evening the score with an 87th minute goal. But with extra time winding down, late substitute Diego de Buen scored the game-winning goal to help Santos avoid a possible playoff-killing 10th tie and give them only their 5th win of the half, but a huge one as it moves them into 5th place while denying America a playoff berth for now.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 82′, 3rd of tournament), Oribe Peralta (America, 87′, 6th of tournament), Diego de Buen (Santos, 90+2′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 1, America 1
Corner kicks-Santos 5, America 2
Amarillas-America 3 (Michael Arroyo, 25′, Diego Lainez, 31′, Osmar Mares, 79′), Santos 1 (Nestor Araujo, 78′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 29,564 (101.1% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Santos-at Jaguares (4/29)
America-Atlas (4/29)