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May 20, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
Estadio Nuevo Corona — Torreón
Referee:‬ R. García Orozco‎
 

Santos Laguna 2-1 Monterrey: Guerreros and Herculez Gomez hoist Clausura trophy

Goals from Daniel Ludueña and Oribe Peralta have given the Torreon outfit its fourth league championship in franchise history. American striker Herculez Gomez did not play.

By Eric Gomez

Iván Estrada, Oribe Peralta, Santos Laguna (Getty)
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Santos Laguna has avenged its CONCACAF Champions League loss to Monterrey by beating the Rayados 2-1 (3-2 aggregate) in the second leg of the Mexican Primera final in order to be crowned champions.

An early goal from Argentine midfielder Daniel Ludueña put the Guerreros in front and set the tone for what would be a chess match between Santos manager Benjamin Galindo and Monterrey boss Victor Manuel Vucetich. Galindo chose to emulate Monterrey's usual tactic of a quick strike and dropping back to invite the other team's attackers, this in the hopes of exploiting a counterattack.

Monterrey, which beat Santos Laguna just weeks ago to win a second consecutive CONCACAF Champions League trophy, came into the match with the confidence to give Vucetich his 13th trophy in the same number of attempts. Chilean striker Humberto Suazo wasted a chance close to the end of the first half that would have drawn the Rayados level going into the break.

In the second half, it was CCL Golden Ball winner Oribe Peralta who put any lingering doubts to rest with a superb strike after combining with Ludueña at the edge of the Monterrey penalty box.

Jonathan Orozco saved Monterrey from going down 3-0 with a pair of key saves before Aldo de Nigris made it 2-1 off a worthy individual effort.

The final minutes were tinged with excitement, as Santos goalie Oswaldo Sánchez parried away several shots that would have sent the series into extra time, while Ludueña almost shut the door with a halfcourt screamer that went inches outside of the goal.

Santos won its fourth league title and denied Monterrey its fifth. The Santos win also means that Chivas have earned a berth into the 2012-13 CCL. A Monterrey win would have given América a berth into the same tournament.

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Santos Laguna

1
Oswaldo Sánchez
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
J. Estrada
Defender
 - 
-
Aaron Galindo
Defender
 - 
20
Osmar Mares
Defender
46′
 - 
-
F. Baloy
Defender
 - 
6
Marc Crosas
Midfielder
 - 
-
Daniel Ludueña
Midfielder
6′
 - 
17
Rodolfo Salinas
Midfielder
 - 
28
C. Quintero
Striker
89′
 - 
13
C. Suárez
Striker
56′
 - 
24
O. Peralta
Striker
65′ 72′
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Monterrey

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1
 - 
2
S. Meza
Defender
 - 
5
D. Chavez
Midfielder
52′
 - 
15
 - 
10
W. Ayoví
Midfielder
 - 
21
H. Mier
Defender
 - 
-
L. Pérez
Midfielder
70′
 - 
-
Á. Reyna
Striker
 - 
17
J. Zavala
Midfielder
52′
 - 
-
 - 
26
H. Suazo
Striker
35′

Substitutes

25
Miguel Becerra
Goalkeeper
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-
 - 
-
 - 
58
 - 
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C. Morales
Midfielder
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-
 - 
-
H. Gómez
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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23
 - 
4
 - 
34
H. Morales
Midfielder
 - 
-
S. Pérez
Defender
 - 
18
 - 
-
 - 
19

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
P. Velázquez P. Velázquez
Striker
Toluca
21 3
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
19 2
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
18 1
R. Jiménez R. Jiménez
Striker
América
13 2
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
13 1