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Champions League

  • May 1, 2013
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
  • Referee: M. Rodríguez
  • • Attendance: 33667

Monterrey win Aggregate 4 - 2

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    That's it from me, Zac Lee Rigg. Thanks for sticking around. Make sure to check for a match report and reactions.
  • 90' + 3'
    That's it. Monterrey is your new (old) CONCACAF Champions League winner and will go to the Club World Cup. The Rayados came back from two goals down to win 4-2. The astonishing comeback gives Monterrey three CCL trophies in a row.
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist J. Zavala
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal H. Suazo
  • 90' + 2'
    GOAL! Monterrey will win the CONCACAF Champions League. Zavala showed incredible stamina to burst down the left on the counter. He laid the ball off to give Suarez a simple tap-in. Monterrey leads 4-2.
  • 90'
    Breathless stuff here, with either team capable of scoring and finishing it.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card A. De Nigris
  • 87'
    THAT'S THE GOAL MONTERREY NEEDED. Suazo takes a free kick from way out there. De Nigris snaps down a header to beat Sanchez. Rayados lead 3-2 on aggregate. Astounding.
  • 86'
    Assist H. Suazo
  • 86'
    Goal A. De Nigris
  • 86'
    Yellow Card H. Suazo
  • 86'
    Brave decision. Sanchez spilled a De Nigris shot. As he tried to recover, it looked like he took down Suazo, whose left foot dragged over Sanchez's head. Instead of a penalty, the referee booked Chupete.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card O. Peralta
  • 84'
    OH MY! Cardozo just equalized on the night. A header bounced out to the top of the box, where substitute Neri Cardozo belted it back in at the near post.
  • 83'
    Goal Neri Raúl Cardozo
  • 82'
    SubstitutionC. Quintero Mauro Cejas
  • 82'
    All Monterrey now. Corona heads a Suazo corner down sharply but misses by inches.
  • 77'
    Monterrey is undefeated in this tournament this year. That one loss will prove costly if it comes in this match.
  • 74'
    Two penalty claims in quick succession for Monterrey. First, Madrigal headed down a quick free kick and Humberto Suazo went down before he could get to it. Soon after, De Nigris worked his way into the box and went down under pressure. The referee probably got both non-calls correct.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card H. Gómez
  • 72'
    Zavala and Herculez Gomez clanked heads quite hard. Both are down and receiving treatment.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionD. Chavez Neri Raúl Cardozo
  • 66'
    SubstitutionE. Lugo Marc Crosas
  • 66'
    And now Barcelona product Marc Crosas is coming in for Santos. He should add some midfield savvy as the visitors look to shut down the match.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionM. Cárdenas H. Gómez
  • 62'
    Herculez Gomez replaces Cardenas. The American is deadly on the counter, which doesn't bode well for Monterrey.
  • 60'
    Assist J. Corona
  • 60'
    Goal A. De Nigris
  • 60'
    GOAL! De Nigris pulls one back. Madrigal takes Baloy away from Corona's cross and De Nigris one-times a left-footed shot home.
  • 59'
    Monterrey finally found some life. Jesus Corona skipped into the box, and Suazo just laid a teasing corner to the far post. Still no breakthrough.
  • 56'
    De Nigris bobbled the ball around in the box. Itfell kindly to the Mexican international, who smashed a narrow shot at Sanchez.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionJosé María Basanta S. Meza
  • 55'
    Meza comes on for captain Basanta. Monterrey going for it.
  • 54'
    A flowing counter neatly sliced through the Santos defense, but Suazo's final ball was a too heavy for Madrigal. If they had connected that would have been an open shot.
  • 52'
    That's a devastating goal from Monterrey's perspective. Now the Rayados need three goals and on the evidence thus far, they aren't coming.
  • 51'
    BOOM. Santos Laguna scores from a free kick to take a 2-0 lead. Baloy somehow found the ball from the middle of several defenders to head home.
  • 50'
    Assist O. Mares
  • 50'
    Goal F. Baloy
  • 48'
    From the free kick, Lugo deflected Mares' service slightly and Orozco had to pull off a quick low save to keep it out.
  • 47'
    Yellow Card G. Madrigal
  • 47'
    That didn't take long. Madrigal already picked up a booking for yanking back Estrada. The yellows are building up.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionE. Solís G. Madrigal
  • 46'
    Striker Madrigal replaces Solis for the second half, which has kicked off.
  • 45'
    The last team to win the CCL (formerly the Champions' Cup) three times in a row was Cruz Azul in the late 1969-71. That team earned the nickname The Machine because of the way it ground out trophies.
  • 45'
    Just saw a replay. Quintero was absolutely offside in the buildup to the goal. That won't make pleasant viewing for Monterrey fans.
  • 45'
    Neri Cardozo isn't fully fit, but will likely come off the bench. Mexican international Severo Meza is another option.
  • 45'
    During the half-time break, Caixinha is looking a shrewd hire. In his first season in Mexico he has Santos into the playoffs and on track for a Champions League win. Who'd have thought?
  • 45'
    That's the half-time whistle. Santos takes a 1-0 away lead. All the pressure is on Monterrey now, which must score twice.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card E. Solís
  • 43'
    Solis shows Monterrey's frustration by slicing through the back of Baloy. Solis has held the midfield next to Zavala, drifting slightly left when need be. Will Monterrey have to make a change at half to put more offenders on the field?
  • 38'
    Assist E. Lugo
  • 38'
    Goal C. Quintero
  • 38'
    For my money, Quintero was offside before the initial cross. This one stands, however, and Quintero takes over as the top scorer in the CCL this year. Monterrey now need two to win.
  • 38'
    GOAL! Quintero got the last touch, but but the brains came from Lugo. Estrada crossed to Quintero, and Leobardo López deflected it away. Lugo picked up the ball in the box, faked a shot, and laid it across for Quintero to stab home easily.
  • 37'
    On a quick, slick rebound, Lugo played a backheel in the box and Salinas drilled a shot straight at Orozco.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card F. Baloy
  • 35'
    Now Baloy picks up a booking. He tracked Suazo into the midfield and elbowed the Chilean off the ball.
  • 34'
    A pair of Monterrey corners have fallen to players at the top of the box, but Santos managed to block both shots before the goalkeeper had to make a save.
  • 32'
    Oh my! From the free kick, Santos put the ball in the back of the net. Figueroa stepped offside before nodding the straight set piece past Orozco.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card José María Basanta
  • 31'
    Basanta picks up a yellow card. The Monterrey captain has been man-marking Peralta, and raised his arm slightly on the last tussle after the ball had gone.
  • 29'
    Though these teams are the best in the region, they've not had glittering domestic campaigns. Monterrey, in ninth, needs help on the last matchday of the season to secure a playoff spot. Santos is fourth, three points off the lead.
  • 26'
    Monterrey takes a corner that ends in a foul. The game is perky enough, but lacks many golden opportunities.
  • 22'
    Monterrey is playing with a back four, but one defender always steps out to mark Oribe Peralta.
  • 16'
    Humberto Suazo fizzed a free kick toward the far post from deep. No one made contact, and it slipped just wide.
  • 11'
    Quintero now up at the other end, caught offside by a quickly-stepping Rayados back line.
  • 9'
    Suazo shuffled his way into the box and went down, but the referee ignored the penalty claims. The foul from Quintero looked like it happened outside of the box, to be fair.
  • 3'
    "CF Monterrey - Pride of the City," reads a banner. Monterrey-based Tigres could win the Liga MX. Cheeky.
  • 1'
    And we're off. Remember, road goals count, so a scoring draw will work for Santos.
  • Santos: Sánchez, Estrada, Figueroa, Baloy, Mares, Lugo, Salinas, Rodríguez, Quintero, Cárdenas, Peralta. American striker Herculez Gomez is on bench.
  • Monterrey team: Orozco, Solis, Chavez, Lopez, Basanta, Mier, Zavala, Ayovi, Corona, Suazo, De Nigris. Three at the back for Vucetich.
  • Whoever wins this match -- and Monterrey has a slight advantage at home and given its history in the competition -- will represent the region at the Club World Cup.
  • Monterrey could join Cruz Azul as the only team to win three in a row. The Rayados have lost three in the last 33 CCL matches.
  • Hello. I'm Zac Lee Rigg and I'll be chatting you through this match. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, last year's finalists meet one more time in the CONCACAF Champions League final.