Cruz Azul tops Santos Laguna to advance to Liga MX final

Mexico City, May 20 (EFE).- Cruz Azul beat Santos Laguna 2-1 in the second leg of their semifinal, winning 5-1 on aggregate to set up a clash with America in the Liga MX final.

Coming into the match down 3-0 after the first leg, Santos emphasized offense from the start, but a giveaway by Rodolfo Salinas in the 8th minute led to the first of Javier Orozco's two goals for Cruz Azul.

A beautiful ball from Pablo Barrera set up Orozco's second tally, at the 25-minute mark.

Santos Laguna, missing top scorer Oribe Peralta due to injury, battled on and Andres Renteria put them on the scoreboard with a great individual effort in the 37th minute.

Playing for pride, Santos began the second half strong only to be reduced to 10 men with Carlos Darwin Quintero's ejection in the 52nd minute for a hand ball.

Things got even bleaker for Santos six minutes later, when Felipe Baloy elbowed Orozco to earn his second yellow card of the match.

Cruz Azul, which last won the league 15 years ago, and America - eight years without a Liga MX title - will play the first leg of the final on Thursday.

The second leg is set for Sunday at giant Aztec Stadium.