FC Juarez Get Well Deserved Tie Versus First Division Santos
A bit of justice took place Wednesday night in Torreon as Bravos de FC Juarez were able to pull off a 1-1 tie and accumulate 1 valuable point against Liga MX club Santos in Copa MX play.
This result keeps FC Juarez in first place in their group for this competition with only 2 games left in the group stage of this Copa MX that consists teams form both first (Liga MX) and second (Ascenso MX) divisions of Mexican soccer.
The match got off to a bit of a sloppy start by both teams, taking them about 15 minutes to settle in. After a couple scoring opportunities created the FC Juarez, the scoring line opened in the 20 minute when Santos was a awarded with penalty kick off of a clear dive by midfielder Gael Sandoval. Jonathan Rodriguez proceeded to score the penalty kick for Santos.
From that point on until the end of the half the team from the Borderland struggled to generate any concrete opportunities to score. They lost possession of the ball rather senselessly disrupting any chance to establish a good rhythm.
That would all change in the second half. It was very clear that the Bravos were going to be proactive for the remaining 45 minutes in an attempt to at very least get the tie on the road. The Bravos were clearly the better team in the second half, maintaining a majority of the ball possession in order for a majority of the action to take place on the Bravos offensive third of the field of play.
The tie would not come until the 86th minute when Sidnei Sciola went down the left flank and centered the ball to Leandro Carrijo who broke free inside the 6 yard box and squarely headed the ball into the back of the net from point blank range.
A deserving result for a Bravos that clearly dominated the second half and worked tirelessly to at bare minimum avoid defeat. Up next for the Bravos, a league match (Ascenso MX) against Leones Negros at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium at 7pm MST.