Toluca returned to winning ways in the Copa Libertadores with a 2-1 success at LDU Quito on Wednesday night.
It was a valuable victory for Jose Saturnino Cardozo’s men, who have seen their league form dip to nine league games without a win.
LDU Quito had started strongly, forcing Alfredo Talavera to a series of saves, but it was the Diablos Rojos who took the lead in the 42nd minute. A Carlos Esquivel free-kick landed on Carlos Gerardo Rodriguez and his header took a deflection before nestling into the back of the net.
But at the restart, it didn’t take long for the hosts to equalize when Edson Puch picked out Fernando Hidalgo inside the Toluca box, and the midfielder fired beyond Alfredo Talavera to equalize the score.
In the 74th minute, Peruvian forward Christian Cueva had a chance to give the Diablos Rojos the lead but missed the opportunity to score in front of an empty net.
The visitors, though, were not done, and with five minutes to go in the game, substitute Fernando Uribe scored through a swift breakaway to give Toluca their second Copa Libertadores victory of the campaign.
The result keeps the Diablos Rojos first in Group 6 with seven points in three matches, as both sides will meet again in early April.
Aviles Hurtado earned Chiapas a last-gasp win at home by playing to a 3-2 victory over Toluca.
Days after boasting a tough draw at San Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores, the Diablos Rojos failed to take advantage of an 79th minute Chiapas red card as the defeat does little to relieve pressure on coach Jose Saturnino Cardozo.
In the 10th minute, Chiapas put together a well-worked move to take the lead. Danilinho latched on a perfect through ball before laying the ball off to Emiliano Armenteros, who drove into the box to score a simple finish.
Soon after, Chiapas doubled their lead through Silvio Romero. Aviles Hurtado cushioned a through ball for Romero, and he then powered his way to a shot past Alfredo Talavera for the 2-0.
But less than five minutes later, Toluca were back in it, with Francisco Silva scoring into his own net.
Shortly after the restart, Nicolas Saucedo seized on a Christian Cueva pass, and despite not properly hitting the ball, his effort nestled into the back of to level things at 2-2.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts when Feliz Araujo was sent off for Chiapas will 11 minutes to go in the game.
Then, with 90 minutes on the clock, Alexis Canelo found himself down the right wing. He swung over a perfect low cross for Aviles Hurtado, who tapped home from close-range to give ten-man Chiapas the emphatic win.
With the result, Chiapas clinched their second straight victory of the season and next will host Xolos de Tijuana in the second of consecutive home games at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
On the other hand, Toluca suffered their third straight defeat and will host fellow bottom-dwellers Dorados de Sinaloa at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Toluca came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw away to San Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
The hosts got off to a strong start with former Cruz Azul midfielder Fernando Belluschi threatening in only the sixth minute.
Martin Cauteruccio then received a searching ball inside the box before Gerardo Flores tripped the San Lorenzo forward for a penalty. Nestor Ortigoza stepped up and fired beyond Alfredo Talavera to give the Argentine side the lead.
It was 1-1 just moments later, though, when Enrique Triverio’s pass picked out Carlos Esquivel who drilled his shot through Sebastian Torrico to level the score.
In the second half, there was an anxious moment for San Lorenzo when Sebastian Torrico spilled Dario Bottinelli’s shot into the area, but Triverio managed to put his shot from point-blank range wide.
San Lorenzo had a great chance to take the lead in the 66th minute but Franco Mussis’ shot from the edge of the box hit the woodwork.
Pablo Barrientos also had a chance to snatch a winner for the Argentine side late on, but Alfredo Talavera saved his shot from long-range to keep the scores leveled.
At the final whistle, the Diablos Rojos settled for a hard-earned point in Buenos Aires City.
Next for Toluca is a tough visit to Chiapas in action of matchday 9 of Liga MX. Their next Copa Libertadores game will be on Thursday March 10 against LDU Quito.
Hirving Lozano’s first minute strike gave Pachuca a 1-0 win over Toluca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez on Saturday.
With last week’s defeat to Atlas, Pachuca became the last team in Liga MX to be beaten, but it was a bright start for the Tuzos this time around when they went ahead early.
The 20-year-old winger Hirving Lozano buried the ball into the net from close range after only 25 seconds for the only goal of the night.
The hosts put pressure on Pachuca for large parts of the second half, although they struggled beat Oscar “Conejo” Perez, who had to make three key saves.
Pachuca eventually held on to claim their fifth victory of the season and move to second in the league table.
Toluca, on the other hand, suffered their second straight defeat and remain winless in their last seven league games.
The Diablos Rojos next will travel to Argentina to take on San Lorenzo for the Copa Libertadores.
Leon ran riot at home to inflict Toluca a 5-1 victory on Saturday.
The first few minutes gave little indication of what was to come, and after 32 minutes, Leon took the lead when German Cano headed home from an Efrain Velarde cross.
Four minutes later, though, it was 1-1 when Richard Ortiz found himself with space at the edge of the box and unleashed a left-footed rocket into the top corner of the net.
After going into the break leveled, worse was to follow for the Diablos Rojos as Maximiliano Moralez regave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot.
Toluca then capitulated and conceded a second penalty only seven minutes later. This time, Mauro Boselli was the man in charge from converting from the spot and made it 3-1 with 68 minutes on the lock.
In the 74th minute, a Dario Burbano pass found Elias Hernandez inside the box, and with a second touch, Hernandez fired beyond Alfredo Talavera to score the 4-1.
The visitors wilted even further and Gerardo Flores received his marching orders on 82 minutes.
With the game basically over, Mauro Boselli grabbed his brace when his diving header completed a near-perfect night for La Fiera.
With the result, Leon clinched their second straight victory and moved to second in the league table after seven games played in the Clausura.
On the other hand, Toluca remain winless in their last six league games and persist in the bottom half of the league table.