Club Leon vs. Santos Laguna: Final score 3-1, visitors keep it interesting

Hagen Hopkins

An emphatic 90 minutes from Leon saw them nearly put their Liguilla semifinal leg to bed, but they forgot to play stoppage time.

Leon put together 90 minutes of a dominant performance on Thursday night, but face a tricky away match this weekend after losing their focus in stoppage time. Santos Laguna found an away goal through Javier Orozco at the end of a poor performance, and after a 3-1 loss Los Guerreros have a much better chance to advance in the Liguilla semifinals than they should.

It took until the 35th minute for Leon to find a breakthrough, but they looked like the much better side up until that point. Jose Vazquez scored the opener with a bullet of a drive from outside the box, assisted by Hernan Burbano. Eight minutes later, Carlos Peña doubled Leon's lead, cleaning up the garbage in the box after Oswaldo Sanchez made a stop on Matias Britos.

Things continued on in similar fashion in the second half, eventually culminating in Leon scoring a third time through substitute Franco Arizala. They looked to be coasting to a shutout win and a final appearance until they gifted Santos a late goal. A couple of substitutes combined to make it work, with Mauro Cejas picking out the head of Orozco with a cross. They were seriously aided by Leon keeper William Yarbrough, who came off his line unnecessarily and flapped at the ball, never coming close to making contact.

Leon: Yarbrough, Hernadnez, Marquez, Magallon, Ibarra, Peña (Delgado 79'), Montes (Loboa 70'), Burbano (Arizala 67'), Vazquez, Britos, Boselli

Goals: Vazquez (35'), Peña (43'), Arizala (70')

Santos: Sanchez, Fanjul, Baloy, Araujo, Alanis, Escoboza, Rodriguez, Salinas (Crosas 75'), Calderon (Cejas 46'), Quintero (Orozco 74'), Peralta

Goals: Orozco (90')

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