Liga MX: The standout players for Santos Laguna in the Clausura 2018 final
Santos Laguna achieved its sixth Liga MX title this Sunday, May 20, with a 1-1 draw against Toluca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez. The aggregate score of this two-legged series was 3-2 in Los Guerreros’ favor and there were several players that contributed to this accolade. Here are the three standout players in the second-leg of this final that led Santos Laguna to their sixth league title.
“Spiderman” was a force in net against Los Diablos Rojos as he managed to pull off eight saves in the encounter. Toluca finished the game with 63-percent possession and nine shots on target, but Jonathan Orozco managed to save almost all of those shots. It is safe to say that this league title would not have been possible without the efforts made by the Mexican goalkeeper in this clash.
The Santos’ captain played an absolutely crucial role in the game both offensively and defensively. Izquierdoz provided the assist to Julio Furch’s goal on Sunday night from a spectacular pass after an impressive run up the field. The Argentine centre-back also finished the game with 12 clearances, four blocked shots, four tackles and four interceptions. Izquierdoz had been consistent all season long and played an even more important role in these last few games, where it mattered the most.
— Francisco Velasco (@FranciscoEfV) May 21, 2018
Alcoba was one of the pleasant surprises in the latter half of this season after Nestor Araujo suffered a season-ending injury. The Uruguayan centre-back has experience and really demonstrated it in the playoffs, especially in this final game of the season. Alcoba came away with 14 clearances, four interceptions and a blocked shot in the second-leg of this Clausura 2018 final. One of the most impressive aspects of his performance is that he amounted these stats with just two fouls committed throughout the 90 minutes of play. Nestor Araujo may be ready to head to Europe soon and it will leave Los Guerreros’ mind at ease knowing they have a player like Gerardo Alcoba to take his place.