Posted on September 26, 2012
MONTERREY, Mexico – Monterrey continued its quest for a third consecutive CONCACAF Champions League crown on Tuesay.
The Mexican club clinched a place in the quarterfinals of the competition, registering a 3-0 win over CSD Municipal for its third consecutive triumph.
Los Rayados joined the Seattle Sounders in the next stage after Darío Carreño and second-half substitute Neri Cardozo scored. Municipal defender Pablo Solorzano added an own goal to send Monterrey to the final eight with one Group 7 match remaining.
Monterrey will visit Chorrillo (Panama) on Oct. 23.
Municipal (six points) finished its participation.
In the 13th minute, Carreño took a ball from midfield and went on a solo run down the right flank of the penalty area. He cut and slid a low effort inside goalkeeper Jaime Penedo’s near post for a 1-0 lead before a crowd of 24,721.
Penedo kept Municipal within striking distance until the second half. The Panamanian keeper stopped dangerous efforts by Jesus Corona, Walter Ayoví and César de la Peña.
Penedo produced two big saves early in the second half, but a deflection beat him in the 53rd minute. Darvin Chavez salvaged a poor clearance and squared a through ball toward the goalkeepers’ box. Solorzano scuffed his attempted clearance and watched as the ball deflected past Penedo for an own goal and a 2-0 Monterrey lead.
An injury to a referee Jose Pineda stopped the match for several minutes inside the final 30 minutes. Pineda received treatment on the sidelines for a hamstring injury for several minutes before was replaced by fourth official Erick Andino.
Monterrey made two substitutions as both players had a part in the third goal in the 81st minute. Sergio Perez made an overlapping run past substitute Ángel Reyna into space on the right flank. Reyna hit his pass into the perfect spot for Perez to drive a low cross toward the near post. Cardozo settled after an attempted clearance was deflected to his feet six yards from goal and stroked home to seal the victory.
Monterrey will complete Group 7 with a visit to Panama to face Chorrillo on October 23, but Municipal finished its participation with six points from four games.
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Guatemala, Mexico, North America
Tags: Angel Reyna, CONCACAF Champions League, Jaime Penedo, Los Rayados, Monterrey, Municipal, Seattle Sounders