QUERETARO, Mexico -- Santos Laguna lifted the Liga MX Clausura 2015 trophy on Sunday in the second leg of the last, however it was anypoint however the formality it was intended to be after the 5-0 win in the first leg.
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Queretaro assaulted like a team possessed in the initially half, storming to a 3-0 lead after 45 minutes, and also though it ran out of steam in the second fifty percent -- despite the arrival of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho -- it produced a great final, which ended 3-0.
Here are 3 quick takes from the match:
Santos Laguna host on to be champions
This will go dvery own as a last to remember, not simply for this memorable second game, but for that initially leg in Torreon, in which Santos Laguna demoliburned Queretaro, with Javier "Chuletita" Orozco netting four purposes.
Putting the slightly anti-climatic second leg -- in which fatigue possibly captured up with Santos -- to one side, the fifth title has actually been a vast success for Santos and also a deoffered one.
Coach Pedro Caixinha ended up being first European considering that Bora Milutinovic (Pumas, 1981) to win Mexico"s initially department, and the club had actually the mettle to ago him earlier in the constant seachild when a championship was a distant dream considering just how the team were playing.
Santos put out the regular-season league leaders Tigres by winning 1-0 in the quarterlast second leg, and also from tright here the team believed. Chivas were dispatched 3-0 on accumulation in the semilast, and also the first leg of the final will certainly go dvery own in Santos folklore.
The institution picked up its fifth title to level Pachuca as Mexico"s seventh many successful side and also that is no mean feat for a team from the unfashionable north tvery own of Torreon.
The reality that this is the youngest squad in the Liga MX points to a bappropriate future at Santos Laguna, via president Alejandro Irarragorri stressing this week that Caixinha, keeper Agustin Marchesin and Jesus Molina are not going all over this offseachild.
The party will go long into the night in Torreon and a parade will be hosted on Monday.
Santos Laguna have been crowned Liga MX Clausura champions.Alfreexecute Estrella/AFP/Getty Images
Midas" touch almost comes off, Ronaldinho still a heroQueretaro coach Victor Manuel Vuceitch has actually debated seven Liga MX finals in his career. After winning the initially 5, he has actually currently shed the past two, both versus Santos Laguna. That doesn"t expect necessarily that the "King Midas" nickname has worn off.
Vucetich"s Queretaro offered Caixinha"s Santos an almighty fideal in the initially half to make for an unmissable final, when a damp squib appeared to be on the cards.
Vucetich had actually begun the game with 3 center-backs, with George Corral and Jonathan Bornstein as wing backs, and also the adjust in formation appeared to rock Santos.
Mario Osuna"s opener from the penalty spot got fans excited, Yasser Corona"s headed second in the 21st minute increased the volume and Angel Sepulveda -- a constant trouble for Santos -- sent the stadium wild with the third goal seven minutes prior to halftime.
To be fair, Caixinha bringing off striker Orozco for protective midfielder Sergio Ceballos 3 minutes before halftime shored up the amethod side and it didn"t concede after.
Ronaldinho came off the bench on the hour mark to rapturous applausage to try to add some creation as Santos shut up shop, yet he couldn"t manage it. The means the fans cheered for him did, yet, point to them not shedding confidence in a player whose time in Mexico might currently be at an end and also will certainly be judged all at once as having actually even more lows than highs.
But this was Vucetich"s night, even in defeat, and also the sight of him turning roughly from the bench to the fans to allude at his watch and also urge them to will certainly the team on proved how a lot the normally placid coach wanted it.
Vucetich is earlier wbelow he belongs and if he is able to make the right signings, it may not be lengthy prior to he is in another final with Gallos Blancos.
Mario Osuna, ideal, opened the scoring for Queretaro, giving the residence fans a glimmer of hope in the tie.Hector Vivas/Getty Images
Fans play their component in memorable nightQueretaro"s fans haven"t had actually much to shout about, ever. This was the team"s initially ever before final and also if their Gallos Blancos did go into it 5-0 down, it was they that collection the tone for a memorable occasion.
"Si se puede," chants rang roughly the stadium even before the game had actually began, the 1986 World Cup venue was 90 percent full one hour ahead of kickoff.
Many kind of had camped overnight last Monday to secure a ticket and if you didn"t know the score beforehand, you wouldn"t have guessed that this was a team that 2175forals.com"s SPI had actually with much less than a 1 percent opportunity of coming ago. They thought and inspired their team to a magnificent first-half performance.
With the new ownership Grupo Imagen in location, reportedly money to spend and the president talking Saturday about bringing in even more star names -- one neighborhood newspaper attached the club via Andrea Pirlo on Sunday -- the foundations are set.
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Gone are the days of the club scrapping versus relegation, not paying players and such. This is now a significant school and also if Ronaldinho does end up leaving this summer -- which the club says will not necessarily happen -- you can be sure they"ll be making headlines shortly sufficient.