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Canelo’s two goals earn Toluca a 3-2 win over Club América

Toluca v America - Torneo Clausura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Alexis Canelo’s second half brace earned Toluca a thrilling 3-2 win over Club América to keep their Liguilla hopes alive with two games to go in the regular season.

The Diablos Rojos coped best early on when Federico Mancuello fired past Agustin Marchesin in the fifth minute.

Toluca then came close to doubling the lead twice through Alan Medina and Rodrigo Salinas, but it was América who eventually leveled with Roger Martinez, who latched on to a Mateus Uribe through ball before placing the ball into the back of the net.

The Club América chances kept coming after the break, and they should have taken the lead when Andres Ibarguen struck the woodwork and Sebastian Cordova failed to score from the ensuing rebound.

However, pressure from the visitors told in the 67th minute when a cross from inside the box finished with Jonathan Maidana putting the ball into the back of his own net.

América’s lead did not last long though, and moments later Alexis Canelo wold grab his first goal of the afternoon.

Canelo would then go on to have the final say in this match after a breakaway opportunity down the left-hand side was perfectly converted to put the score 3-2 in favor of Toluca.

With the result, Toluca stay alive in the Liguilla race, while the defeat puts América in a precarious position, in seventh place but still needing just a win from their remaining two games to officially seal their place in the Liguilla.