Monterrey suffered a surprise 2-3 defeat to Árabe Unido in the second matchweek of Group D action in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. The Rayados remain top of the table despite the loss, due to the goal difference tiebreaker, but the Panamanians are now level on points with a game in hand.
The visitors struck early on. In the 11th minute, José González received a partly-cleared corner kick outside the box and he sent his shot from distance unstoppably into the bottom corner to make it 0-1.
Monterrey responded in the 23rd minute with a set piece of their own. Celso Ortiz sent in a low corner kick that Yimmi Chara left for Edwin Cardona. The Colombian got around his defender and made it 1-1.
However, Árabe Unido reclaimed the lead just minutes later. In the 29th minute, Monterrey failed to clear their lines and Fidel Caesar took advantage, burying the ball from within the box to make it 1-2.
Monterrey made two halftime chances as they looked to get back into the game, but the visitors increased their lead soon after the break. In the 50th minute, a nice individual play by Yoel Bárcenas ended with his shot to the near post beating Jona Orozco to make it 1-3.
Cardona drew the hosts back to within one when he finished off his brace deep into stoppage time, but it was far too late for the Rayados to try to find an equalizer.
With the 2-3 win, Árabe Unido reaches three points while Monterrey remains on three.
Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Hiram Mier, Daniel Parra (Rogelio Funes Mori 64′), César Montes (José María Basanta 45′), Efraín Juárez, Walter Gargano, Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez (Dorlan Pabón 45′), Edwin Cardona, Yimmi Chara, Aldo de Nigris.
Árabe Unido: Miguel Tronosco, Ángel Patrick, Azmahar Ariano Navarro, Fidel Caesar (Chin Hormechea 67′), Daniel Ortiz, Amilcar Henríquez, Abdiel Macea, José González, Yoel Bárcenas (Edson Samms 79′), Joseph Cox, Josimar Gómez (Luis Pereira Lewis 55′).
Group Table – Group D