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Santos falls to Necaxa 1-2 to close week 8 in LigaMX

10 de Septiembre del 2016 9:48 pm.

Los Guerreros arrived to Estadio Victoria Saturday afternoon looking for three points on the road after the international break in head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre’s first road game in league play at the helm. Santos opened scoring inside the first minute of play via Mauricio Cuero, while Necaxa scored an equalizer and the eventual winner later into the first half.

Cuero opened scoring for Santos almost immediately after kickoff,  winning the ball deep in midfield and taking it down, breaking left and firing a shot from an angle inside the 18 yard box into the top right corner. Jonathan Rodriguez and Bryan Rabello each had close chances within five minutes following – the first by way of Rodriguez from inside the area and the second by Rabello, who shot from almost the exact place as Cuero, but his shot was slightly off target and rolled wide of the far post.

In the 13th minute, Los Guerreros almost doubled their lead when Cuero passed to Rodriquez, who was running into the area from down the right. The Uruguayan forward sent a shot from angle just wide of the near post.

Two minutes later, Bryan Beckeles headed a goal past Agustin Marchesin off a Necaxa free kick taken by Jairo Gonzalez, leveling the score at 1-1. The hosts continued to gain steam offensively, but los Guererros remained attentive in defense, with a backline of Jose Javier Abella, Kristian Alvarez, Carlos Izquierdoz, and Jorge Villafaña, each of whom had individual efforts to stop Necaxa’s threats from inside the area.

Los Guerreros almost pulled ahead in the 20 minute when Rodriguez sprinted forward to catch a pass from Cuero, beating a defender and going one-on-one with Marcelo Barovero, sending a shot from outside the six yard box barely wide of the far post.

Marchesin had two spectacular saves, denying Necaxa in the 20 and 35 minutes off chances from close range.

In the 42 minute, Necaxa's Fabian Espindola took a ball through the middle and went one on one with Marchesin, sending a grounded ball into the middle of the net to pull ahead just before the final whistle.

Santos had three good chances early in the second half. A foul on Cuero drew a free kick, and Hinestroza’s subsequent shot was on frame but bounced into the arms of the goalkeeper. Rodriguez was denied twice from inside the area by Barovero just before the 60 minute mark.

De la Torre made his first sub in the 63 minute, replacing Hinestroza with Martin Bravo, who would serve as another attacking option to pair with Rodriguez up top. The Argentine striker made his presence felt in the 68 minute, coming close to equalizing when he found space in the box to shoot, but Barovero come off his line to block the shot.

Gael Sandoval was the next attacking option for De la Torre, replacing Emiliano Armenteros and in the 86 minute, Ulises Davila replaced Rabello. Los Guerreros pressed for another goal but despite the changes and three added minutes of time, they couldn’t find the equalizer to salvage a point, and closed week eight with a loss to Necaxa.

The team will return to Torreon Saturday night and will train on Sunday morning behind closed doors. They’ll return to action when they host Veracruz in their final game of the Copa MX group stage on Tuesday night, with Pumas visiting Estadio Corona on Sunday afternoon for week nine in league play.