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Santos players set record, reach milestones

Oswaldo Sanchez reached 700 games in Mexican first division soccer.
Oswaldo Sanchez reached 700 games in Mexican first division soccer.Mexsport

Saturday evening’s 3-1 victory over CF Pachuca was a night to remember for several players on the pitch. Club Santos Laguna goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez reached his 700th game in first division of La Liga MX, first player in any position to reach that mark. Also reaching a milestone in that match was striker Oribe Peralta who scored his 100th goal in first division.

Sanchez began his career in 1993 with Guadalajara’s Atlas FC where he played 81 games in a three year period. He then passed to Mexico City’s Club America where he had a quiet performance, playing in 76 games. In 1999 he made what could be called a “traitorous” jump to America’s arch rival Chivas de Guadalajara. Oswaldo excelled with Chivas earning 99 caps to the Mexican national team. After 272 games he moved to his current club.

The goalkeeper broke the record in the game against America when he passed Benjamin Galindo as the maximum player to participate in first division games in Mexico. From this point forward, every game that Sanchez plays in set a new record.

Peralta reaches 100

Oribe Peralta reached 100 goals in first division play when he set the final 3-1 score against Pachuca in Saturday’s action in the Clausura 2014. The 30 year-old has had a jump in his career in recent years becoming an important part of Santos, as well as the Mexican national team. Peralta spoke with reporters at the end of the game and let them know how he felt about his accomplishment.

“Very happy thanks to my teammates and to those who support me in all those difficult times,” Peralta said on the ESPN Deportes website. “The handsome one” as he is affectionately called by teammates, was having a bit of a dry spell this season, but has since returned to scoring, with three in as many games.

“I give the same effort, I just didn’t have the fortune to have the ball enter the net,” Peralta added. “Now they are going in, so I am happy to be helping the team.”

It is also worthy to mention that Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar “Conejo” Perez played his 600th game in first division in the match-up.