Monterrey defeated Benfica 3-0 in the first game in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, the Rayados’ new home. The stadium was packed and the 51,000 fans never stopped singing, with their team helpfully giving them something to celebrate on the new field.
Monterrey had the better of the chances in the first half, with Dorlan Pabón coming close in the 13th minute and Neri Cardozo also forcing a save out of Julio César in the 21st minute.
But with the big names unable to capitalize on their chances, the historic first goal would come from a most unlikely source: young homegrown defender César Montes, who came on at halftime. Three minutes later, number 286 met a free kick from Pablo Barrera with a powerful header inside the six-yard box, which became the first goal ever scored in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
After Montes’s goal, the floodgates opened. In the 57th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori converted a penalty kick given by referee Francisco Chacón for a handball to make it 2-0 for the Rayados. Santiago Rivera put an exclamation mark on the win with his goal in the 81st minute to give Monterrey the Copa Eusebio with their 3-0 victory.
Monterrey will have to wait a little while for their first league game in their new stadium since they’re visiting Atlas next weekend. But in Jornada 4, on Tuesday, August 11th, they’ll give the Estadio BBVA Bancomer its league debut when they host Pachuca.