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Played
March 28, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
BMO Field — Toronto, Ontario
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
Attendance:‬ 18950‎
 
37′ M. Aceval
H. Gómez 30′

Toronto FC 1-1 Santos Laguna: Tie knotted up heading into CCL semifinal second leg

The teams take a 1-1 draw back to Torreon, Mexico for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League second leg with both sides missing key players through suspension.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Toronto FC fan, MLS
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Following two consecutive losses in MLS (with a combined six goals conceded), Toronto FC held Santos Laguna, top of the Mexican Primera Division, to a 1-1 draw in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg at BMO Field.

The scoring was opened by -- who else? -- Herculez Gomez after half an hour. The American sidefooted home after a curling ball from the right wing put him past the defense.

The momentum moved further Santos' way when TFC striker Danny Koevermans was booked for dissent. He'll miss the second leg through suspension.

However, shortly after, Miguel Aceval smashed a free kick through the wall to equalize.

Though that ended the scoring, the excitement wasn't anywhere near finished. Osmar Mares was ejected in the 77th minute when he lifted his studs into Richard Eckersley's ribs, though the call was far from straightforward.

After the final whistle, Carlos Quintero, who had assisted Gomez's goal, headbutted Ashtone Morgan and was sent off. Both benches jumped into a brawl and had to be separated by security.

"They already warned us that it is going to be a war over there and we know that ourselves," Julian de Guzman said. "Now we kind of sparked up some more fire after this game for these guys."

Ricardo Salazar refereed the game. Though TFC coach Aron Winter dubbed his performance "very good," Santos coach Benjamin Galindo saw things differently. "An American ref shouldn't have been officiating for Americans," he said. "The wrong No.3 got sent off."

Both Quintero and Aceval wear No.3.

In the other semifinal, Monterrey walloped Pumas UNAM 3-0. Aldo de Nigris scored two and Humberto Suazo set up all three. The second legs will be played on April 4.

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Rudi Schuller contributed additional reporting from Toronto.


Toronto FC

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
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M. Aceval
Defender
37′ 49′
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5
Ashtone Morgan
Defender
 - 
2
Ty Harden
Defender
 - 
2
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Julian De Guzman
Midfielder
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19
Reginald Lambe
Midfielder
 - 
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
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Ryan Johnson
Striker
 - 
10
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Nick Soolsma
Striker
72′
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Santos Laguna

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1
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J. Estrada
Defender
46′
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-
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20
Osmar Mares
Defender
77′
 - 
6
Marc Crosas
Midfielder
76′
 - 
17
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28
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C. Ochoa
Striker
61′
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13
C. Suárez
Striker
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H. Gómez
Striker
30′ 69′

Substitutes

12
Brian Rowe
Goalkeeper
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Adrian Cann
Defender
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4
Aaron Maund
Defender
49′
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12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
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J. Burgos
Midfielder
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
72′
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Substitutes

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25
Miguel Becerra
Goalkeeper
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-
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F. Baloy
Defender
 - 
45
J. Toledo
Midfielder
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C. Morales
Midfielder
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-
 - 
24
O. Peralta
Striker
61′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • 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
Group 1 Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
4 0