19 de Octubre del 2017 4:45 pm.
Santos Laguna defeated Necaxa 3-2 at Estadio Corona Wednesday night in a rescheduled week 10 match. Julio Furch, Jonathan Rodriguez, and Djaniny Tavares netted for los Guerreros, while Luis Perez scored twice for the visitors.
The opening 20 minutes saw a lot of back and forth between both sides. Furch nearly opened scoring for Santos in the 21st minute with a header in the area off a well-placed cross by Gael Sandoval, but goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero swatted the ball away near the top right corner of his post, denying Los Guerreros.
Two minutes later, Furch found the back of the net with a strike from inside the area off a long pass by Paraguayan midfielder Osvaldo Martinez, who took credit for two assists on the evening.
Just before the halftime whistle, left back Gerardo Arteaga was brought down inside the area by Necaxa’s Bryan Beckeles, drawing a penalty for Santos.
Rodriguez stepped up to take, and the Uruguayan converted with a powerful strike into the bottom left corner for Santos’ second goal, giving the hosts a confident 2-0 lead at the break.
Brian Lozano almost gave Santos a 3-0 lead in the 56th minute with a powerful strike of his own, which bounced just to the left of the far post.
A minute later, Perez scored his first of two goals for the visitors. Los Guerreros pushed ahead, however, and continued to generate chances. Furch tested Barovero in his net at the 70th minute mark, forcing the ‘keeper to dive to his right in order to prevent the ball from going in.
Tavares came in as a substitute for Rodriguez, and moments later in the 73rd minute, an excellent combination between Lozano and Martínez assisted the African striker in a header from close range.
Martinez laid off a pass to Lozano, who returned the ball to Martinez via a crafty back-heel pass. Martinez then dribbled forward and sent his cross from the left to the far post, where Djaniny was waiting unmarked to finish the job.
Necaxa responded three minutes later via Perez, who beat Orozco at the post to cut Santos’ lead.
Team captain Carlos Izquierdoz came close to getting the fourth goal for los Guerreros in the 83rd minute with a header, but the ball took a deflection by Barovero for a corner kick.
Four minutes of extra time were added and the home team was able to maintain possession of the ball throughout and finish with a victory – the team’s first at home this 2017 Apertura and head coach Robert Dante Siboldi’s first win in charge.
The team will train Thursday and Friday in Torreon before traveling to Queretaro, where they’ll face Los Gallos on Saturday night.
Lineups and Substitutions:
Santos Laguna: 1.- Jonathan Orozco, 2.- José Javier Abella, 6.- Diego de Buen, 7.- Gael Sandoval (18.- David Andrade 63’), 9.- Julio Furch, 10.- Osvaldo Martínez, 13.- Jonathan Rodríguez (21.- Djaniny Tavares 66’), 14.- Néstor Araujo, 15.- Brian Lozano 17.- Gerardo Arteaga, 24.- Carlos Izquierdoz.
Goals: Julio Furch 33’, Jonathan Rodríguez 45’, Djaniny Tavares 73’.
Cautions: Osvaldo Martínez 72’
Necaxa: 1.- Marcelo Barovero, 2.- Brayan Beckeles, 3.- Matías Fernández, 5.- Igor Lichnovsky, 6.- Luis Pérez, 13.- Roberto Alvarado (11.- Jesús Isijara 80’), 16.- Manuel Iturra, 17.- Miguel Ponce, 30.- Pablo Velázquez (7.- Daniel Álvarez 55’), 32.- Carlos González (9.- Martín Barragán 80’), 33.- Mario de Luna.
Goals: Luis Pérez 59’, 76’.
Cautions: Igor Lichnovsky 52’