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Cruz Azul 1-4 Monterrey (1-5 agg): First-half blitz sends four-time winners into Champions League fi

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 17 Sep 2021

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Four-time winners Monterrey will play America in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League after a 4-1 second-leg away win over Cruz Azul sealed a 5-1 aggregate victory in their semi-final.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Monterrey, the visitors blew away Cruz Azul in a stunning opening 25 minutes where they opened up a 3-1 lead.

Maximiliano Meza and Orbelin Pineda traded goals within the opening 10 minutes, before Duvan Vergara and Rogelio Funes Mori netted to make it 3-1.

Mexican international Funes Mori added another in the 52nd minute to complete the win for Monterrey, who were last Champions League winners in 2019.

Carlos Rodriguez found Meza unmarked inside the box, dispatching a low finish off the post for a seventh-minute lead and 2-0 advantage on aggregate.

Guillermo Fernandez teed up Orbelin Pineda for a low drive from a set-piece to equalise in the 10th minute.

Vergara curled in a spectacular 17th-minute goal after Meza’s initial cross was over-hit, before Monterrey goalkeeper Esteban Andrada made a fine save to deny Fernandez.

Funes Mori made it 3-1 in the 24th minute, after a lengthy VAR review for offside, with a sweeping first-time left-foot finish.

Andrada denied substitute Bryan Angulo’s header, before Funes Mori worked a one-two with Meza to calmly score and settle the contest early in the second half.

Monterrey will face America in an all-Mexican final on October 28 in Guadalupe.

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