Game: Club León vs. Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.
Date: Sunday, November 26th
Time: 9:06 p.m. Eastern, 8:06 p.m. Central (local), 6:06 p.m. Pacific, 2:06 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio León (León, Gto.)
Referees: REF: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos, AR1: Alberto Morín Méndez, AR2: Jorge Antonio Sánchez Espinoza, 4TH: Daniel Quintero Huitrón, VAR: Oscar Mejía García, AVAR: Jesus Rafael Lopez Valle
Streaming: TUDN En Vivo
All-time record: León holds the all time, with 22 wins to Santos’ 17 and the clubs sharing 12 draws across all competitions. All of these results have come in Liga MX play except for one draw and one León win, which happened when the teams were in the Segunda División during the 1987-88 season.
In their last meeting, León beat Santos 2-0 in Torreón back on October 8 on goals from Nicolás “El Diente” López and Paul Bellón. The last time the clubs met in Guanajuato, León dished out a 4-1 thrashing on March 19 thanks to a brace from Víctor Dávila and goals from Iván Moreno and Fidel Ambriz, while Harold Preciado scored Santos’ lone goal.
With a mid-week win against Mazatlán FC, Santos advanced to the final round of the Play-In where they’ll meet León, who lost to Atlético San Luis in their Play-In game. The winner of the match goes on to face superlíder Club América in the Liguilla, the loser starts their offseason.
Santos played a great game against Mazatlán, with Juan Brunetta stealing the show. While Brunetta lead the league in assists, it was his two goals that propelled Santos into this round. Also known for his free kicks, Brunetta scored both goals during the run of play on unmarked runs into the center of the box. And while Santos’ defense had been problematic during the season, it kept Mazatlán mostly out of the match, the one goal just after half time the lone exception.
León meanwhile had a rather poor game against San Luis, with William Tesillo giving up an own goal in the third minute and León giving up two more goals to San Luis. León played catch-up for most of the match, because despite drawing level in the 10th minute on a José Alvarado goal, San Luis drew ahead on a Jürgen Damm goal in the 25th minute and never looked back. Sebastien Salles-Lamonge and Federico Viñas traded goals in the 73rd and 77th minutes respectively, but León struggled throughout the match against a San Luis team Santos beat to end the regular season to make it into the Play-In.
Santos should come into this match with the confidence they’ve built up over the past two games. León however will have the home field advantage, where they’ve only lost once this season, and will want to prove to their faithful fans that the San Luis match was simply a fluke.