Santos Laguna entered the final leg up 2-1 on Toluca. However, the lead was one to be protected, as Toluca had been a very strong side in Liga MX at home. For los Guerreros, their hopes were elevated only 10 minutes into the match. Julio Furch made a turn and shot a low dribbling shot past Alfredo Talavera, putting the roadside up, 1-0.
Despite being the home side, Toluca struggled for long stretches of the match to find a rhythm. Yet, with less possession, Santos Laguna defended and held their own as Toluca came forward.
Toluca was unable to get an early second-half goal, which would have put them in a spot to only need one more for extra time. They did manage to put one in the back of the net in the 82nd minute from Gabriel Hauche. It appeared too late, though, as Santos Laguna fought back and kept Toluca off the board, ultimately upsetting the Súperlider and home side.
Thanks to a strong team effort, Santos Laguna has claimed its 6th title and its first since the Clausura 2015. Manager Robert Siboldi of Uruguay and his Santos Laguna team not only won the championship but had to go through Tigres and Club América to solely reach the final.
From here, Los Laguneros will return to the Apertura 2018 with a strong foundation. Also, they will be looking to add a CONCACAF Champions League title in the 2018/19 edition.
One other note, Santos Laguna will face Toronto FC at BMO field on 9/18 for the first edition of the Campeones Cup.
Congratulations, Santos Laguna!