CCL: Monterrey vs Sporting Kansas City – First Leg Recap and Highlights

Monterrey’s spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League final looks assured after they picked up a 5-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of their semifinal series.

The visitors started the game off with an attacking posture, but it didn’t take long for the hosts to take control. In the 7th minute, Dorlan Pabón received the ball in the box and sent his diagonal shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.

The goal energized the Rayados and took the wind out of Kansas City’s sails, and it wasn’t long before Monterrey found a second. In the 14th minute, Pabón sent in a cross; Rogelio Funes Mori made awkward contact with it, leaving the ball set up nicely for Avilés Hurtado, who finished it off. 2-0.

Sporting looked for a way back in the second half, and they had a chance or two, but it didn’t take long for Monterrey to put the game out of reach. In the 54th minute, Jesús Gallardo finished off a cross from John Stefan Medina to make it 3-0.

The Rayados kept pressing, looking to put not just the game but the series out of reach, and shortly after the hour mark they earned a penalty kick. Nicolás Sánchez stepped up to take it, and he converted it to make it 4-0 in the 68th minute.

Monterrey then added an exclamation point to the win in the 77th minute, when Pabón converted his second of the night to give the Rayados a comprehensive 5-0 victory.

With the 5-0 win, Monterrey will advance to the final with a win, a draw, or a loss by up to four goals. They can advance with a five-goal loss as well, so long as they score (ex: 6-1, 7-2). Kansas City will need to win by six to advance outright, while a 5-0 win would send the series to penalties.


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