Necaxa wins Copa MX title after shocking Toluca own goal

Hector Vivas
Neither team could find the back of the net on purpose, but Toluca defender Santiago Garcia sent the ball into his own net late in the Copa MX final

Necaxa couldn't find the back of the net in Wednesday's Copa MX contest against Toluca, but Toluca did it for them.

With the match scoreless in the 87th minute, Felipe Gallegos sent forward a long ball looking for forward Martin Barragan. Toluca center back Santiago Garcia intervened at the top of the box, but rather than clearing the ball out for a goal kick as intended he looped in a stunning own goal over the head of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

Necaxa had four titles in the Copa Mexico to its name, but all came well before the modern era. The team's last cup title was in the 1935-36 season. It also breaks a drought for a first-division trophy for Necaxa, although its not as long as the cup drought.

Necaxa last won a first-division title when it won the league in the Invierno 98 tournament. The historic side has been relegated twice since that title but returned to the top division after winning the 2016 Ascenso Clausura and getting past Juarez in the promotion final.

It's also the first title Necaxa has won since moving to Aguascalientes from Mexico City 15 years ago.

"It's very important. We really made history, winning an important title for this club. We see it as something positive as well for the rest of the league because we're also looking to qualify for the playoffs and then, of course, fight for the league title," fullback Miguel Ponce said after the contest.  

It was a match in which both teams had scoring chances and also penalty shouts but neither could break through. Toluca had the ball in the back of the net thanks to a 73rd minute set piece only for the flag to correctly be raised for an offside violation. Everything pointed to a penalty shootout before Garcia's error.

The Rayos will square off against Monterrey, the champion of the Apertura edition of the Copa MX, in the Supercopa MX. The match is set to take place July 15 at the StubHub Center in Southern California.

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