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The Cruz Azul soccer team ended a 23-year Mexican top flight title drought on Sunday, May 30, by completing a 2-1 aggregate victory over Santos Laguna in the Liga MX Clausura final.

Having lost the first leg 1-0 at home, on Thursday, 27, Santos Laguna drew level overall through a 37th-minute strike from Chilean midfielder Diego Valdes at Estadio Azteca.

But Uruguayan forward Jonathan Rodriguez scored for Cruz Azul in the 51st minute and the hosts defended firmly thereafter to clinch their ninth league title and first since 1997.

After losing their opening two matches of the campaign, Cruz Azul, based out of Mexico City, went on a record 12-game winning streak and ended the regular season as leaders, three points ahead of Club America.

Six-time Liga MX champions Santos Laguna qualified for the playoffs by finishing fifth, 15 points behind Cruz Azul.

 

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