Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Soccer

Leon strikes first in La Liga MX semifinals

See also

Leon FC took a one goal advantage over Toluca FC at the Nou Camp during the first leg of the semifinals of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. The panzas verdes took control of the game from the beginning making constant runs on the Toluca defense. The chorizeros were lucky to receive only one goal from the defending league champions. The esmeraldas take the one-goal advantage going into Sunday’s game at the Nemesio Diez Stadium.

“The win was important, more because it is a home game,” Leon Coach Gustavo Matosas said. “It was an open game. We won. Now we will rest and get ready for the next game.”

La Fiera will travel to Toluca in an attempt to reach their second final in a row. Matosas said the team will be giving their all on the field of “la Bombonera.”

“We have to win,” Matosas said. “We have to go out and win in Toluca, we have no other choice.”

Mexican national team hopeful Luis Montes opened scoring in the 23rd minute when Jose Cardenas centered to Mauro Boselli. Boselli had pulled the defenders to cover when leaving Montes alone to head the ball past Alfredo Talavera for the only goal of the game.

Carlos “Gulit” Peña, another Mexican national team hopeful, did not have a good game struggling in the midfield and losing the ball on several occasions.

“It’s not fair,” Matosas said about the fans’ reaction to Peña’s low performance. “Players are like the fans’ children, you always have to support them.”

Four minutes after the goal Talavera was substituted off the field for a hit he took to the face. The forced Jose Saturnino Cardozo to bring in Cesar Lozano. The new keeper played an important role for Toluca making several stops to keep Leon from widening their lead.

This is Leon’s first victory over Toluca since returning to top flight Mexican soccer. The return leg is scheduled for Sunday in Toluca.


Today's top buzz...

  • La Toya Jackson
    La Toya Jackson hits the club in music video for 'Feels Like Love'
    Music Buzz
  • Kliff Kingsbury
    Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2014 Tour de France
    Today's Buzz
  • Johnny Manziel
    Here's why there is no need for Jonny Manziel to apologize for his offseason partying
    NFL Buzz
  • Guys and Dolls
    Guys and Dolls at the PACE Center: Community theater at it's finest
    15 Photos
  • Cheap Trick
    Cheap Trick brings an explosive set of hits to Phoenix on their U.S. tour
    20 Photos
  • Most Wanted Man
    'A Most Wanted Man' shows Phillip Seymour Hoffman at his best
    14 Photos