Monterrey beat Santos Laguna 4-2 on aggregate to win the CONCACAF Champions League and secure a place in the Club World Cup.Monterrey will represent the region in the Club World Cup after winning the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.
A repeat of last year's final saw the same winner, with Monterrey taking a 4-2 aggregate advantage. The first leg, in Torreón, Mexico, finished scoreless a week ago.
Monterrey has now won the three consecutive CCL trophies. Previously, only Cruz Azul had won three in a row, from 1969-71, when it was called the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
The most recent trophy came in thrilling fashion. Santos edged out front with a two-goal lead in the match and the Rayados stormed back to score four in the final half hour.
Santos took the lead just before half. Jorge Estrada crossed to an offside Carlos Darwin Quintero. The ball deflected off Leobardo López back to Edgar Lugo, who opened up his hips and cleverly passed instead of shot. Quintero only had to poke the ball into the net.
A handful of minutes into the second half, Santos doubled its lead. Felipe Baloy stood his ground powerfully in the box amid several defenders to head Osmar Mares' corner inside the far post.
Needing to win outright because of away goals, Monterrey didn't open its account until an hour into the match. Aldo De Nigris hit a stinging one-time left-footed volley off Jesus Corona's cross to give the home side hope.
The remaining three goals came in the final 10 minutes. Substitute Neri Cardozo belted the scraps of a corner back inside the near post in the 84th minute. Three minutes later, Humberto Suazo pumped a free kick into the mixer from deep. De Nigris cranked his header past Oswaldo Sanchez for the winner.
Monterrey put an exclamation mark on the night with a fourth, through Suarez. Jesus Zavala motored down the left on a break with Santos caught stranded in attack. The Mexican international laid the ball across for the Chilean to ice the match.
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