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2019 SCCL Final: Monterrey hold off Tigres in thriller
Nicolas Sanchez of Monterrey scored two goals in the 2019 final Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League against Tigres UANL to help Rayados to win their fourth SCCL crown. (Photos: Mexsport/ Concacaf)

MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast both legs of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final between Monterrey and Tigres UANL on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, in addition to the Concacaf App.

The excitement for the Final started the minute Monterrey and Tigres polished off their respective semifinal opponents, Sporting Kansas City and Santos Laguna, setting the stage for a Final between the Clasico Regiomontano rivals.

The Estadio Universitario in San Nicolas de los Garza was the location for the first leg on April 23, 2019, with Tigres playing host.

Monterrey was feeling an extra boost of motivation going into the Final since they were on the losing end of the 2017 Liga MX Apertura Final played between the two sides. With that bitter defeat still fresh in their memories, Rayados came out looking for revenge and were pelting the Tigres goal with shots, including a Nicolas Sanchez effort that struck the post in the 39’.

Four minutes later in the 43’, Sanchez would get another crack and gave Monterrey a 1-0 lead with a perfectly placed header into the top right corner of goal off a corner kick.

From that moment until the final whistle, the story of the match was Monterrey GK Marcelo Barovero. The Argentine stopper was nothing short of sensational in making a number of crucial saves to keep Tigres off the scoreboard to help nail down the 1-0 victory for Rayados.

With a 1-0 lead on aggregate and the second leg in front of their home fans at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Guadalupe on May 1, Monterrey looked to sew things up with a strong first half performance.

Their advantage was stretched to 2-0 in the 26’ as Sanchez calmly converted a penalty after Tigres DF Luis Rodriguez had brought down Monterrey attacker Rodolfo Pizarro in the area.

But Tigres were not going to go down without a fight, and the visitors came out for the second half attacking in full force. FW Andre-Pierre Gignac looked certain to pull the Felinos even in the match with a header in the 56’, only to see Barovero work his magic again with a fingertip save.

There was nothing, however, Barovero could do to stop Gignac from breaking through in the 85’, as the French striker took a Rodriguez cross and scissor-kicked in a right-footed volley making it 1-1 in the match and pulling Tigres to within 2-1 on aggregate.

The Gignac wondergoal made for a nerve-racking final few minutes for both sets of fans, but in the end Monterrey were able to see things through to win their fourth SCCL crown.

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