Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Pachuca 2, Toluca 2

In the second game of the night, Toluca looked to at least briefly move back into second place and do away with some of its road woes at Pachuca. In the end the game went both ways as both sides played to an emotionally draining & intense 2-2 tie. Fernando Uribe scored first in the 23rd minute to give Toluca the early lead, but after the second half started Jose Martinez scored to pull Pachuca even. Victor Guzman’s goal in the 57th minute gave Pachuca a 2-1 advantage, then in the 74th minute Rodrigo Salinas tied it up with his first goal of the year. Toluca started to implode late starting in the 84th minute when Pablo Barrientos got the second of his 2 Amarillas on the night, meaning a Rojas! HE GONE! Then Toluca coach Hernan Cristante proceeded with nonstop protesting and the ref showed him the hand version of a Rojas! HE GONE! But Cristante did not leave the pitch, instead remaining and coaching the rest of the game. (Turns out it actually was assistant coach Oscar Velazquez sent off, was not clear from what I saw on TV and online) If precedent set by Guadalajara’s Matias Almeyda earlier this year holds, Cristante could be looking at a minimum suspension of 2 games tomorrow. The tie keeps Toluca in a tie for 2nd place in the standings for now, yet still winless on the road. Not good because they turn right back around and head to Tigres in a couple days.

Game Stats:
Goals-Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 23′, 6th of tournament), Jose Martinez (Pachuca, 47′, 2nd of tournament), Victor Guzman (Pachuca, 57′, 7th of tournament), Rodrigo Salinas (Toluca, 74′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 1
Corner Kicks-Toluca 3, Pachuca 2
Amarillas-Toluca 4 (Efrain Velarde, 14′, Antonio Rios, 37′, Pablo Barrientos 2, 45+1′, 84′), Pachuca 1 (Erick Gutierrez, 71′)
Rojas-Toluca 2 (Barrientos, 84′, Oscar Velazquez, assistant coach, 84′)

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 15,135 (55% capacity)

Next up:
Pachuca-Puebla (10/21)
Toluca-at Tigres (10/21)

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Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Toluca 3, Lobos 1

A long, drawn-out Week 13 started last night with Toluca continuing their home-field dominance this year, winning their league-best 6th at home this half with an easy 3-1 win over Lobos. Pedro Canelo headed in a corner kick in the 13th minute for Toluca’s first goal, then Toluca got an early assist from Lobos to start the second half when, just seconds after play resumed, Cesar Cercado got whistled for a hard slide tackle. That gave him 2 Amarillas in the game, which meant a Rojas! HE GONE! A few minutes later, Osvaldo Gonzalez headed in another corner kick for a 2-0 Toluca lead, and Ernesto Vega added a goal in the 64th minute for a 3-0 advantage. Only a last-minute goal from Diego Jimenez kept Lobos from being shut out. With the win, Toluca moves into-for now-2nd place in the standings and is 6-1-1 at home this tournament, only Monterrey is better at home (5-0). Too bad for them that only 2 of their last 5 games are at home, as they are a pitiful 0-1-3 on the road.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pedro Canelo (Toluca, 13′, 4th of tournament), Osvaldo Gonzalez (Toluca, 51′, 1st of tournament), Ernesto Vega (Toluca, 64′, 1st of tournament), Diego Jimenez (Lobos, 89′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 1
Corner Kicks-Toluca 11, Lobos 5
Amarillas-Lobos 3 (Cesar Cercado 2, 8′, 45′, Rodrigo Godinez, 41′), Toluca 1 (Rodrigo Salinas, 66′)
Rojas-Lobos 1 (Cercado, 45′)

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 19,186 (58.1% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Pachuca (10/18)
Lobos-Tijuana (10/17)

Apertura 2017 Week 12 Results: America 2, Toluca 1

In what was a battle for 2nd place in the standings and the chance to gain a little ground on leader Monterrey after their tie, America claimed the #2 spot again for now with a 2-1 win at Toluca. Silvio Romero & Andres Uribe gave America a quick 2-0 lead with goals in the first 18 minutes, but gave Toluca some help in the 24th minute when Guido Rodriguez got a Rojas! HE GONE! But despite the man advantage, Toluca could not score until second half extra time, when Santiago Garcia scored but it was not enough. It was a very physical game as the teams combined for ELEVEN Amarillas. Yes, 11.

Game Stats:
Goals-Silvio Romero (America, 9′, 3rd of tournament), Andres Uribe (America, 18′, 1st of tournament), Santiago Garcia (Toluca, 90+2′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 3, America 1
Corner Kicks-Toluca 1, America 1
Amarillas-Toluca 6 (Rodrigo Gomez, 2′, Jesus Mendez, 20′, Pedro Canelo, 70′, Rodrigo Salinas, 80′, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 82′, Pablo Barrientos, 86′), America 5 (Guido Rodriguez, 3′, Darwin Quintero, 3′, Uribe, 29′, Pablo Aguilar, 72′, Oribe Peralta, 82′)
Rojas-America 1 (Rodriguez, 24′)

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 27,480 (88.6% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-Lobos (10/11)
America-at Cruz Azul (10/14)

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Toluca 3, Queretaro 2

The Sunday doubleheader today began with Toluca hosting Queretaro in the morning matinee. Both sides wound up turning in maybe the best half of the entire tournament, which ended how the game did-with Toluca holding on for a 3-2 win. The fun began when Pedro Canelo scored to give Toluca a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute…then as soon as play resumed-just 40 seconds later-Canelo scored AGAIN! He took advantage of Queretaro being mentally off after being denied what they thought was a Fuera de Lugar on the first goal and made the second one look easy. 4 minutes later Fernando Uribe headed in Toluca’s 3rd goal on a free kick to make it 3-0 and all but put it away early. But in the 39th minute Toluca allowed Queretaro a PENAL! Erbin Trejo converted to cut the lead to 3-1, and 5 minutes after that Everaldo Stum headed in a goal to get Queretaro to 3-2. Trejo was given another PENAL! at the start of the second half but this time he failed to score, and that somehow was how it ended. If you missed the first half of this game, you missed some very exciting futbol.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pedro Canelo 2 (Toluca, 25′, 26′, 2nd of tournament), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 30′, 4th of tournament), Erbin Trejo (Queretaro, 39′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Everaldo Stum (Queretaro, 44′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Toluca 6, Queretaro 4
Amarillas-Queretaro 3 (Aldo Arellano, 31′, Jaime Gomez, 43′, Trejo, 49′), Toluca 3 (Rodrigo Gomez, 42′, Antonio Rios, 49′, Efrain Velarde, 90+4′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 19,624 (63.3% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Pachuca (9/23)
Queretaro-Cruz Azul (9/23)

Apertura 2017 Week 8 Results: Santos 0, Toluca 0

The final game of Week 8 featured Santos hosting Toluca, and after a couple off weeks Santos got back to being Santos, and thus the week ended how it began-with an anticlimactic 0-0 tie.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Santos 4
Corner Kicks-Santos 4, Toluca 4
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 19,983 (68.3% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-at Cruz Azul (9/16)
Toluca-Queretaro (9/17)

Apertura 2017 Week 5 Results: Toluca 0, Necaxa 0

The final game of Week 5 is in the books this morning, with Toluca & Necaxa both looking to extend their solid starts to the season but neither did much good or bad as they played to the popular 0-0 tie. The tie keeps Toluca unbeaten so far this year,

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Toluca 2, Necaxa 2
Corner Kicks-Toluca 5, Necaxa 3
Amarillas-Necaxa 2 (Marcelo Barovero, 10′, Jairo Gonzale 72′), Toluca 2 (Gabeirl Hauche, 35′, Rubens Sambueza, 73′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 18,406 (59.3% capcaity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Monterrey (8/23)
Necaxa-Cruz Azul (8/23)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Cruz Azul 0, Toluca 0

Cruz Azul hosted Toluca yesterday in a battle of teams looking to keep their early season momentum going, and while the hosts massively outplayed their visitors, they came away with nothing to show for it as both sides grinded out a 0-0 tie. This despite Cruz Azul managing 8 shots on goal, but not being able to get anything past the Toluca defense. Despite the scoreless tie, both sides remain unbeaten through the first 4 weeks-Cruz Azul has 3 ties against 1 win, while Toluca has 2 & 2.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 8
Corner Kicks-Toluca 1
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Rafael Baca, 39′, Edgar Mendez, 51′, Enzo Roco Roco, 90+2′, Julio Dominguez, 90+3′). Toluca 3 (Efrain Velarde, 26′, Rodrigo Lopez, 36′, Ivan Zamora, 89′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,767 (68.9% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-Atlas (8/19)
Toluca-Necaxa (8/20)