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Toluca salvages late draw against Chivas in first leg of Liga MX semifinals

Fernando Uribe scored late as Chivas were held 1-1 by Toluca in the first leg of their Liga MX Semifinal clash.

Chivas fashioned the better chances in the first half, with Orbelin Pineda twice failing to find the back of the net from close range.

After a goalless first half, Toluca’s best chance didn’t come until the second period when a left-footed strike from Rodrigo Salinas forced Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota to a spectacular save.

With 83 minutes gone, Chivas grabbed the long-awaited breakthrough when substitute Rodolfo Pizarro beat the offside trap, following a deflected Alan Pulido shot, to slot home the 1-0.

Toluca’s reply was almost immediate. Two minutes later, Rubens Sambueza sent a floating free kick into the area, where Fernando Uribe appeared unmarked to head home the equalizer.

Both teams will meet again on Sunday at the Estadio Chivas, with the Rebaño currently holding an advantage through the away goal rule.