By: Esteban Ruiz
First I want to state my biases since I didn’t in the first article. I am a Santos fan considering I have family that lives in Durango. This game was heart rising to say the least.
Santos went into the match with a 5-0 result from the first leg and looking a guaranteed champion of the Clausura of Liga MX (Liga MX has two champions every year: Apertura (opening) and Clausura (closing).
The first half was pretty much dominated by Queretaro except for the first minute where Santos has a good chance to score off a free kick. After the free kick, Queretaro seemed to turn the narrative on its head.
It began in the 9th minute when Guerrero Jesus Molina slide from behind on Gallo Danilinho in the box to concede a penalty. Mario Osuna was able to convert from the spot. After the penalty, los Gallos Blancos dominate most of the game providing most of the excitement.
After a 12’ minute defense from Santos, they finally let in a good corner kick. In the 21’ minute Santos let in a good corner kick where a Gallos player was able to head the ball into the goal.
Santos were able to held Queretaro back until the 38’ minute. Off a goal kick, Queretaro was able to quickly give it Angel Sepulveda in midfield. Sepulveda then was able to quickly flick it upfield for him to catch up to it then beat two Santos defenders to knock in a goal. 3-0 to Queretaro in the game, 5-3 aggregate. It’s game on!
In the second half, Santos played better but still had difficulty mounting an attack apart from an early half back and forth. Ronaldinho came in for Queretaro in the 60’ replacing American Johnathan Bornstein.
In the 67’, Ronaldinho seemingly scored a fourth goal when he kicked the ball as Santos GK dropped it to punt it up field but was ruled back. Ronaldinho was given a yellow for his antics.
Despite putting up a good effort, Queretaro were unable to find another goal and the series ended 5-3 in favor of Santos, winning their 5th title.