Santos Laguna booked their place in the Liga MX final with a 3-0 aggregate win over Chivas at the Estadio Omnilife on Sunday.
Both teams had finished scoreless in the first-leg after an inspired performance from Chivas goalkeeper Luis Michel, but the visitors came into this game knowing that even a draw with goals would be enough to progress.
The game started with Santos in control, and after several good chances, Caixinha’s side took the lead on 38 minutes when Djaniny was left unmarked to tap home a Nestor Calderon pass.
That away goal left the hosts needing to score two goals to have any chance of advancing, and Chivas came close when Marco Fabian’s free-kick forced a brilliant save from Agustin Marchesin.
Moments later, Marchesin played hero again as he was able to claw a Carlos Salcedo header off the line.
After seeing Giovani Hernandez booed off the field by his own fans, Chivas hopes were deflated when Carlos Izquierdoz placed a perfectly weighted header past Luis Michel to double the lead.
In the 58th minute, Nestor Calderon sealed the tie for Santos Laguna in what could be one of the goals of the season after he cued up a superb shot from the right wing that nestled into the back of the net.
Santos’ lead never looked in danger, and at the final whistle, the Guerreros recorded a comfortable win that saw them return to the Liga MX final for the first time under Caixinha.