If you thought before that Diego Maradona must be trying to sabotage Argentina’s bid for World Cup glory, then your suspicions have been gloriously confirmed. He threatened promised on Wednesday that, if the selección win the trophy in South Africa, he’ll strip naked in front of Buenos Aires’ famous Obelisco. So kiss goodbye to the idea of highly motivated players, then. To take that horrible image from your eyeballs, Tom Clark is here to give us the final short chapter in the season’s Argentines Abroad tales – the final of the Mexican championship which saw Toluca crowned champions.
The Mexican Clausura ended with the Red Devils of Toluca as deserving campeón after overcoming Santos Laguna in the hard-fought return leg of the gran final, staged on the 23rd May amid a sea of red in the high altitude caldera of Toluca.
Argentine native Vicente Matías El Toro Vuoso kept Santos in the running for the title with a late equalizer in the first leg (which ended 2-2), but became the scapegoat in the vuelta when he mis-kicked a wonderful chance in front of goal and then later compounded his embarrassment by fluffing a penalty after the match had ended scoreless.
Toluca won it 4-3 on penalties, one of the successful kicks coming from Toluca’s Argentine mainstay in midfield, Martin Romagnoli.
Mexican championship final
Ida (Santos Laguna 2 – 2 Toluca)
Vuelta (Toluca 0 – 0 Santos Laguna, Toluca win 4-3 on penalties) – enjoy the Toluca anthem before the match as well!
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