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.
It was in the semifinal round when Monterrey and Tigres UANL took charge of their respective 2019 SCCL Final destinies.
After a resounding 3-0 win over Atlanta United in their quarterfinal first leg at home, Monterrey once again put on a goalscoring show against a team from Major League Soccer at home in their semifinal first leg in a 5-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.
Dorlan Pabon and Avila Hurtado got things rolling early with goals in the 7’ and 14’, before Jesus Gallardo made it three in the 55’.
Sporting Kansas City were desperate to pull a goal back to have a crucial away score going into the second leg, but Rayados never took their foot off the pedal and a Nicolas Sanchez penalty conversion in the 70’, followed by Pabon’s second goal of the night in the 76’ earned Monterrey the emphatic victory.
Gerso Fernandes injected Sporting Kansas City with some hope with an early goal in the 6’ in the second leg in Kansas City to cut the deficit to 5-1, only to see Rogelio Funes Mori all but end the tie with a right-footed finish in the 20’.
The home side regained the lead in the 29’ through another Fernandes goal, but that was countered by Rodolfo Pizarro’s score in the 39’ to make it 2-2. There were also heroics at the other end, with Monterrey GK Marcelo Barovero saving Ilie Sanchez’s penalty right before halftime.
Keen to earn a full three points so they would be able to host the second leg of the Final at home, Monterrey came out strong in the second half and a superb free kick goal from Miguel Layun (61’), plus late scores from Hurtado (82’) and Funes Mori (90’) nailed down a 5-2 second leg win and 10-2 on aggregate.
Similarly, Tigres enjoyed a good start at home in their semifinal first leg against Santos Laguna, with Eduardo Vargas scoring in the 8’ before 2019 SCCL Golden Boot winner Enner Valencia added a brace (27’, 37’) before halftime.
The Tigres defense took over from there and nailed down the 3-0 first leg victory, gaining momentum that carried into the second leg in Torreon where goals in the 11’ from Valencia and 34’ from Julian Quinones had Tigres in control.
Santos would bravely fight back though and scored three straight goals from Julio Furch (41’, 60’) and Diego Valdes (77’) to earn a 3-2 win in the match, however the 5-3 aggregate victory belonged to Tigres, setting the stage for an all-Monterrey city Final.