Leading Liga MX goalscorer Djaniny Tavares was a late scratch however Santos Laguna wouldn’t miss a beat, downing Monterrey 3-2. Rayados have now won just once in their last six matches.
Santos announced before the start of the game that Djaniny had suffered a muscular injury during training and would be out for anywhere between 10 and 15 days. Things would go from bad to worse when in the second minute Rogelio Funes Mori scored. The Argentine received the ball deep, turned and fired a shot that hit off of Jorge Villafaña’s foot. The shot took an arcing trajectory that caught Santos goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco off guard.
In the 19th minute, Jonathan Rodríguez drove to the end line and hit a cross that made it through traffic, but no one was able to get on the end of it for Santos. Ten minutes later, it would be Rodríguez who would draw the sides level. Jesús Isijara went down along Monterrey goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo’s left side, did a cutback to the defender, and hit a perfect cross to a wide open Rodríguez.
In the 37th minute, Alfonso “Ponchito” González went lateral to goal and hit a shot back against the grain but the shot went just wide of Jonathan Orozco’s goal. Monterrey would lag behind in almost every statistical category during the first half, according to sofascore.com .
In the 40th minute, Santos was awarded a corner kick. Osvaldo “Osvaldito” Martínez hit the corner kick into the box, and a sprinting Julio Furch struck the ball before it hit the ground to give the hosts the lead before halftime.
The start of the second half saw Rayados take the momentum, but it would be quickly broken when Furch hit a cross into the box. Jonathan Rodríguez would play the offside trap perfectly and hit a left-footed volley past Carrizo to put Santos up 3-1 in the 48th minute.
In the 57th minute there was a bit of controversy as it looked as though Osvaldito Martínez had scored an olímpico on a corner kick but no goal was called. The replays were inconclusive, as it wasn’t clear if Carrizo had cleared it off of the line or out of the box.
The tide would turn in the 70th minute when Osvaldito would commit a foul in the box, kicking Carlos Sánchez in the leg. Referee Jorge Rojas made the call and awarded the penalty.
Nicolás Sánchez would convert the penalty and draw Rayados within one.
In the 84th minute, Dorlán Pabón hit a shot that beat Jona Orozco but just skimmed over top of the bar.
But in the end Santos would prove to be too much for the visitors. Santos manager Roberto Siboldi made defensive-minded substitutions to close out the match. Julio Furch was subbed out for Edwin Cetré after going down injured for a second time in the match. It’s unclear how serious the injury is, however that could prove to be a massive blow if both Djaniny and Furch are out for Los Guerreros. Cetré might be injured as well, having his stomach stepped on by Nico Sánchez deep into extra time. Sánchez saw a straight red for the incident, and could be at the mercy of the Comisión Disciplinaria.
Santos will host Querétaro FC in Copa MX play on Tuesday before heading to Puebla to face off against the Tuzos Friday night. Monterrey will host Querétaro FC on Saturday night in Liga MX play.
Santos Laguna: Jonathan Orozco; Jorge Villafaña, Carlos Izquierdoz, Néstor Araujo, José Abella; Bryan Lozano, Osvaldo Martinez (Diego De Buen, 78’), José Vázquez, Jesús Isijara; Jonathan Rodríguez (Gerardo Alcoba, 78’), Julio Furch (Edwin Cetré, 85’)
Monterrey: Juan Pablo Carrizo; Efraín Velarde, Nicolás Sánchez, César Montes, Stefan Medina; Alfonso González (Dorlán Pabón, 54’), Celso Ortíz, Jesús Molina, Eric Cantú (Carlos Sánchez, 67’); Avilés Hurtado (Lucas Albertengo, 54’), Rogelio Funes Mori
Scoring: Santos Laguna - Jonathan Rodríguez (28’, 48’), Julio Furch (41’); Monterrey - Rogelio Funes Mori (2’), Nicolás Sánchez (72’ - penalty)
Disciplinary: Santos Laguna - José Vázquez (Yellow - 20’); Monterrey - Stefan Medina (Yellow - 58’), Rogelio Funes Mori (Yellow - 59’), Nicolás Sánchez (Red - 90+4’)