Monterrey captures CONCACAF Champions League title

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Nicolas Sanchez scored on a 26th-minute penalty kick Wednesday, and Monterrey held on to capture its fourth CONCACAF Champions League title.

Host Monterrey got a 1-1 draw against local rival Tigres in Guadalupe, Mexico, wrapping up a 2-1 aggregate win in the two-legged final.

Sanchez scored on a header April 23 at San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico, for the only goal in the first leg.

On Wednesday, after Monterrey’s Rodolfo Pizarro drew a first-half foul from Luis Rodriguez on a cutback in the penalty area, Sanchez calmly rolled his penalty kick down the middle as Tigres goalie Nahuel Guzman lunged to his left.

In the 85th minute, Tigres’ Andre-Pierre Gignac responded with a spectacular goal. Ten yards from the goal on the left side of the penalty area, Gignac got under a deep cross from the right and knocked a flying right-footed volley in the far side of the net.

One more goal in the final minutes would have given Tigres the championship on the away-goals tiebreaker, but Monterrey didn’t concede again.

Monterrey, which was the CONCACAF Champions League winner in 2011, 2012 and 2013, became the 14th consecutive Mexican team to claim the crown.

Tigres, which also lost in the final in 2016 and 2017, is still searching for its first CONCACAF Champions League title.

–Field Level Media

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