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02/18/2014
 
Liga MX team Santos Laguna collected three very important away points in a very satisfactory 2-0 victory against Club Atletico Peñarol from Uruguay in the beautiful Centenario Stadium. Lacerda and Castillo both delivered for the Torreon team with two accurate goals to follow up their good start.

Santos Laguna took everything to the Montevideo squad right from the start, Oribe Peralta received the ball inside the box and fired an angled shot that went just above the crossbar. In the next 13 minutes Santos would get three other clear opportunities to put themselves ahead of Peñarol.

In the fifth minute, Nestor Calderon missed a clear shot when he received a perfect ball in front of goal, but the midfielder couldn't connect properly and the poor shot went straight into Juan Castillo's hands. Three minutes later, Darwin Quintero would kick a powerful shot from outside the box but Castillo's reflexes stopped the Lagunero.

Calderon would test Castillo with the same shot that Quintero made five minutes earlier but this time the ball went inches wide from the post. The Liga MX squad continued to press against the 'Aurinegros', with Darwin Quintero controlling 
Peñarol's part of the field by breaking down their lines and placing the ball in the danger zone several times.

The attackers couldn't find the back of the net for the rest of the first half, while the home team managed to stand their ground and went into the dressing rooms hoping to shake some of that pressure in order to take the game back at the Mexican team. 
Things started slowly in the second half, with Peñarol controlling the midfield and retaining possession, looking for a nook from where they could connect a play that would end up in Santos' danger zone.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Santos got ahead on the 53rd minute when Jonathan Lacerda tackled a deadly cross from Darwin Quintero that was graced into perfect position by Oribe Peralta in the six yard perimeter to open the score in Montevideo. The unexpected goal came down in the form of a shivery cold down Damiani's men spines, who suddenly felt the urge to respond to this home invasion.

The Uruguayan squad took the whole game towards Santos who had to pull back in order to survive the constant aggression. Antonio Pacheco, Javier Toledo and Jorge Rodriguez all got their chance against veteran Mexican keeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who stood as a wall if only metaphorically in between Santos three posts.

Rodriguez had the clearest opportunity when he received the ball inside the penalty box, but flickered a weak shot that was easily stopped by Sanchez only 15 minutes before full time. 
Peñarol continued to put pressure on Santos but in the last minute in an amazing counter, Andres Rentería placed the ball on Abella.

With a perfectly calculated shot, Abella found Juan Castillo inside the box and Castillo rifled a shot past the keeper to sentence the match 2-0 in the Laguneros' favor. This result gives Santos six points in two matches and sit on top of Group 8, while Peñarol is tied at one point with Arsenal de Sarandi but sit above the Argentinians due to goal difference in this year's Libertadores Cup tournament


 
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