Posted on August 1, 2012
MONTERREY, Mexico – Two-time defending champion Monterrey picked up where it left off in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night, winning its first game of the competition.
Jose Maria Basanta and Angel Reyna each had a brace to spark the Mexican club to a 5-0 win over Chorrillo (Panama).
It was Monterrey’s first win since a defeating America in the Mexican league semifinals on May 12. It has been shut out in its last two games. Chorrillo extended its winless streak to three games.
Bastanta and Reyna scored in each half as Monterrey.
The hosts took the lead in the seventh minute. Basanta found himself unmarked just inside the penalty spot and drove Humberto Suazo’s corner kick past goalkeeper Diego Mosquero.
It was the first goal in 18 CCL games for the 28-year-old Argentine defender.
Reyna doubled the lead in the 45th minute, dribbling to just left of the arc without being challenged before unleashing a right-footed shot that settled inside the left post.
Monterrey added to its lead in the 78th minute when Eduardo Zavala played a short ball to Basanta, who took it to the penalty spot before sending a soft shot to Mosquera’s left.
Second-half substitute Dario Carreno added to Monterrey’s total the 83rd minute, taking a Zavala pass and spinning 360 degrees and beating Mosquera from the middle of the area.
Reyna volleyed a Zavala service with the inside of his left foot home for the final goal.
Chorrillo will host Municipal on Aug. 23.
Monterrey will travel to Municipal in its CCL match on Aug. 29.
Photo: Humberto Suazo set up Monterrey’s first goal in its 5-0 win. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Mexico, North America, Panama
Tags: Angel Reyna, Chorrillo, CONCACAF Champions League, Eduardo Zavala, Jose Maria Basanta, Monterrey