Posted on October 24, 2012
PANAMA CITY – Two-time defending champion Monterrey left little doubt as to which side was the time to beat in this edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Paced by striker Humberto Suazo, Los Rayados rolled to a 6-0 triumph over Chorrillo in Group 7 action to reach next year’s quarterfinals on Tuesday night. The Chilean standout finished with a brace by scoring a goal in each half.
The Mexican club finished the group stage by winning all four of its games via shutout and outscoring their foes by an astonishing 15-0 margin. The Panamanian side, on the other hand, lost for the fourth consecutive time.
Dario Carreno, Jesus Corona, Neri Cardozo and Guillermo Madrigal also scored for the winners.
As if it needed any help, the visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead thanks to a defensive error by the hosts in the 11th minute.
Monterrey controlled from the start, going ahead in the 11th minute on a defensive gaffe by Chorrillo.
Walter Ayovi sent in a cross from the left side that defender Alguish Dixon intercepted. The ball dropped toward teammate Rolando Rojas, whose poor clearance only fell to Carreno, who scored from just inside the top of the penalty area.
Suazo got into the act in the 25th minute. Corona raced down the right inside the box and fed a low cross out in front that the Chilean volleyed a sharp shot past goalkeeper Carlos Valdes.
The rout was on as Corona scored in the 27th minute. Luis Lopez served a ball from the right side across the top of the box to an unmarked Corona, who dribbled through the middle of the box before he chipped over Valdes.
Engin White had Chorrillo’s best opportunity in the 43rd minute, when volleyed a bounding ball in the box off the right post.
Monterrey, however, continued its assault on the goal. Five minutes into the second half, Carreno latched onto a long ball, ran past Rojas on the left side, and find an unmarked Suazo, who beat Valdes for a 4-0 advantage.
Cardozo, who came on for Ayovi in the 57th minute, tallied only a minute after entering. He ran diagonally through the area before he beat Valdes from six yards.
Four minutes into stoppage time, Madrigal completed the scoring, connecting off a Suazo cross and touch from Cardozo.
Photo: Humberto Suazo struck for brace in Monterrey’s romp. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Mexico, North America, Panama
Tags: Chorrillo, CONCACAF Champions League, Dario Carreno, Guillermo Madrigal, Humberto Suazo, Jesus Corona, Monterrey, Neri Cardozo