Despite a torrid week leading up to their away game against Chivas, Santos Laguna managed to take all three points home. It was a bumpy start for Santos, but they were able to turn the game around and win 2-1 against a Chivas team that has not been able to win for almost a year in their home stadium.
The game started with Chivas having possession of the ball. They were able to create many concrete chances, but Santos goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco was there to keep anyone from scoring. It was only until the 26th’ minute that Isaac Brizuela was able to put Chivas ahead 1-0 on the scoreboard. A much disorganized back four for Santos also had their faults, however, Chivas were playing better at the moment. Brizuela found himself six feet away from goal and fired a powerful shot to make sure Orozco was not able to reach for the save.
It looked as if Chivas would take advantage of Santos’ dressing room problems, but Santos never gave up and showed that they are still united despite having lost their head coach. From a corner kick in the 40th minute, Santos center back Doria was able to find himself space to shoot from a rebound to make it 1-1. It was the defender’s first time scoring for Santos after signing only two weeks ago from French club Marseille.
The first half ended 1-1 and it looked like Santos was able to lift their spirits while bringing down Chivas’ mood. Indeed, Santos started off the second half on a great note with Carlos Orrantia playing in his best form since returning from America. The game would later balance itself out with both teams having various chances but neither Chivas nor Santos were able to take advantage.
One substitution that was key for Santos was that of Brian Lozano for Javier Cortes. Within three minutes from his introduction to the game, Cortes was able to intercept a mistimed pass across the field. As soon as Cortes was able to control the ball, Santos broke for the counter attack. Cortes passed to Furch who would run in from the right side to give a diagonal pass across the goal that found Jonathan Rodriguez alone on the other end. All Rodriguez had to do was slide and push the ball inside the goal; he did not disappoint.
From the 78th minute, Santos lead 2-1 despite showing signs of an unorganized defense. It was Salvador Reyes’ first game in charge of Santos as interim coach and it ended in delight. No one expected for Santos to come out on top, but Reyes showed that Santos are more united than ever in spite of a stifling week leading up to the game. Up next for Santos is a cup match against Celaya, while they host Tigres for the fifth match day of the season.
— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) August 13, 2018