Santos Laguna celebrated lifting the Copa MX last night after a penalty win over Puebla in the Estadio Corona in Torreón. A thrilling encounter ended 2-2 and so it came down to penalties where Francisco Torres’ miss for Puebla gave Los Laguneros a 4-2 victory.
Colombian, Andrés Rentería put Santos in front on the half hour mark when he skipped around Alfredo Frausto to finish from an acute angle but the Achilles heel of this side is allowing their opponents a way back into the game and so it proved.
Despite having Mauricio Romero sent off, 10-man Puebla equalised in the 71st minute when John Pajoy rifled a shot under the body of Julio González after some soft defending.
The reaction from Santos was perfect and only 5 minutes later, Néstor Calderón reestablished the lead and with the man advantage, what perhaps should have been the winner. However, with two minutes remaining, further sloppy defending ended in a desperate penalty box scramble and eventually Luís Noriega fired the ball into the roof of the net.
The match went to penalties and as Santos unerringly converted all of their spotkicks it feel to the unfortunate Alberto Acosta and Francisco Torres to be the fall guys.
Santos may have required the nerve jangling penalties to win it but they are worthy Copa MX champions after the thrashing of Chivas and the rip roaring comeback against Tigres.
Santos 2 – 2 Puebla (Santos won 4-2 on penalties)