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2021 Leagues Cup, Quarterfinals
  • Júnior Urso (90'+5')
  • Juan Otero (30')

Santos Laguna beats Orlando City to reach Leagues Cup semifinals

Juan Otero's first-half goal gave Santos Laguna a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC as the Liga MX side advanced to semifinals of the Leagues Cup.

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Otero's winner at Exploria Stadium came at the 30-minute mark when his curling shot to the near post deflected off Orlando keeper Mason Stajduhar and into the net.

Orlando's best chance of the half came in the opening moments, when Chris Mueller nearly scored within the first minute but was denied by goal-line clearance.

The MLS hosts had several chances to find the equalizer in the second half, including an effort from Nani in the 64th minute that was stopped by Santos keeper Gibran Lajud.

Santos will now face off with the Seattle Sounders FC in the next round on Sept. 14, while Pumas UNAM will take on Leon in the other semifinal clash.