Quarterfinal Second Leg: Monterrey vs Atlas – Recap and Highlights

Superlíder Monterrey earned a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Atlas in the second leg of their quarterfinal series to put the Rayados into the semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.

Monterrey was in the driver’s seat going into this game, with a first leg victory, two away goals, and their status as the higher seed. Atlas needed to score early to give themselves hope of mounting a comeback and they had a chance in the second minute from a corner kick, but Jaine Barreiro couldn’t put his attempt on frame.

Then, in the 13th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori added to Monterrey’s advantage when he finished off a counterattack with an assist from Avilés Hurtado. 1-0 (3-1) for the Rayados.

In the 25th minute, Atlas lost the ball from a throw-in and Funes Mori sent the ball to Carlos Sánchez at the edge of the box. Sánchez made no mistake with his finish as he made it 2-0 (4-1) for Monterrey.

Just three minutes later, Monterrey made it 3-0 (5-1). Atlas once again lost the ball in their end, and this time it was Hurtado who made them pay for it with a shot from distance that beat Miguel Ángel Fraga.

Atlas was given a bit of a lifeline in the 33rd minute when referee Jorge Isaác Rojas awarded a penalty kick. Milton Caraglio converted it to reduce the deficit to 3-1 (5-2), but that still left the Rojinegros needing three more.

Instead, Monterrey scored again before halftime. In the 39th minute, the hosts had a free kick; Fraga collided with one of his defenders as Hurtado collected the ball and sent it into the net to make it 4-1 (6-2).

In the second half, Monterrey continued to dominate play while Atlas was largely unable to trouble the hosts despite making two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back into the game. An early injury to captain Rafa Márquez that saw him replaced in the 51st minute didn’t help the Rojinegros either.

With the 4-1 (6-2 aggregate) win, Monterrey advances to the semifinals while Atlas is eliminated.

Highlights

Lineups

Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, José María Basanta, Leonel Vangioni, John Stefan Medina (Efraín Juárez 45′), Neri Cardozo, Jonathan González, Carlos Sánchez (Jesús Molina 51′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Arturo González 73′), Avilés Hurtado.

Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Jaine Barreiro, Rafael Márquez (Luis Robles 51′), Daniel Arreola, Luis Reyes, José Madueña, Brayan Garnica, Juan Pablo Vigón (Javier Salas 45′), Christian Tabó, Ravel Morrison (Matías Alustiza 45′), Milton Caraglio.

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