Game: Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. vs. Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V.
Date: Sunday, October 16th
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Corona TSM (Torreón, Coah.)
Referees: REF: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre, AR1: Christian Kiabek Espinosa Zavala, AR2: Jorge Antonio Sánchez Espinoza, 4TH: Oscar Macías Romo, VAR: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos, AVAR: Ismael Rosario Lopez Peñuelas
All-time record: Toluca holds the all time record across all competitions, winning 35 games to Santos’ 29, with 24 draws between the clubs. The clubs have only met outside of Liga MX on three occasions, with Santos winning their meeting in the 2003-04 Interliga 2-0, Santos beating Toluca 2-1 and Toluca beating Santos 2-0 in the 2018 Copa MX Apertura tournament. Toluca won the first leg 4-3 in a wild match that saw a little bit of everything on Thursday evening. The last time the teams met in Torreón, Santos battled back to get a 2-2 on stoppage time goal from Eduardo “Mudo” Aguirre.
How do you follow up after a classic? Santos and Toluca will try to answer that question as they play the return leg in Torreón. Toluca won the first leg on a Thiago Volpi penalty kick in stoppage time, setting the stage for the vuelta match. Santos played well, battling back from down 2-0 early to take a lead into the second half, but giving up two goals down the stretch can’t make head coach Eduardo Fentanes pleased.
Perhaps worse is that Santos will be without left winger Juan Brunetta, who picked up a second yellow late in the match. The good news is that the medical report prior to the ida match indicated both Matheus Dória and Ayrton Preciado were available, although neither were in the eighteen for Santos in the match. Preciado would be a great replacement for Brunetta if he’s healthy, otherwise look for Eduardo “Mudo” Aguirre to play out left with Harold Preciado at the forward and either Javier Correa or Andrés Ávila at a false nine.
Toluca meanwhile will be happy with the overall result, however disappointed they let Santos back into the match after taking an early lead. Camilo Sanvezzo turned in a fantastic performance, scoring two goals and looking dangerous on Toluca’s possessions. But they emerged from the home leg of the series with only a one point advantage, which might not be good enough against a Santos team that won eight out of nine games in Torreón this season.
Historically speaking, Toluca has only won once in Torreón, a 4-1 victory in the 2017 Clausura quarterfinals. They defeated Santos 5-4 on aggregate in that series before losing to eventual champions Chivas in the semis. Toluca beat Santos on penalties in the 2010 Bicentenario, drawing the first leg 2-2 in Torreón before a scoreless second leg at Estadio Nemesio Díez. But the history between these two teams is still being written, and this chapter isn’t over just yet.