12 de Mayo del 2017 11:02 pm.
Santos Laguna arrived to Toluca Friday evening just a day ahead of their second leg in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Clausura liguilla. Down 4-1 from the first leg, the team will battle it out with the Red Devils to reverse the result at Estadio Corona for a historic comeback, which would have them advancing to their 12th semifinal under the tenure of president Alejandro Irarragorri.
Before leaving for the Mexican state, Cape Verdean striker Djaniny Tavares spoke with media to provide his outlook on what’s to come after sitting the first leg out on a red card suspension.
"We have to go there with the idea of ??what happened in this first game,” he said. “We need to play with sacrifice and with everything to achieve an important victory, it will be a very difficult game …(but) it would be something historic. We’ll think about getting the first goal and from there continuing to add. We’re playing against a great rival, they played well (during the first leg at Estadio Corona) and we have to reverse the situation we’re in."
Uruguayan international Jonathan Rodriguez scored the lone goal for Santos during Wednesday’s quarterfinal opener, taking Toluca and Mexico goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera one on one on a breakaway down the left.
Tavares - who scored five goals during the regular season and 22 (all competitions) in his career with Santos since first arriving in 2014 – and 20 year old midfielder Gael Sandoval missed the first leg due to red cards issued in the final regular season match are available to play on Saturday.
“We learned a lot of things (from the first leg),” added Tavares. “We know there are two games (in the series) and we wanted to better-defend the result at home to go into Toluca with the advantage. It’s a pity we couldn’t but we plan to show that we can do it. If they scored four here in our house why can’t we score four goals there? We know it’s not easy but everything is possible and that’s why we are going to try our hardest from the first minute until the last.”
Santos vs. Toluca in the second leg of the quarterfinals will kick off at 9:00 pm local time in Toluca (10:00 pm EST) and can be seen on Univision Deportes TV in the USA. An English-language Facebook Live broadcast will also be available in the United States.