Monterrey won their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 2-1 aggregate victory over rivals Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Rayados perfect in CCL finals – four appearances, four victories – while the universitarios are still awaiting their first regional championship.
Monterrey went into Wednesday night’s second leg with a 1-0 lead from the first leg; they added to that advantage in the 25th minute. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Rodolfo Pizarro was brought down in the box, and Nicolás Sánchez converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.
The Rayados dominated throughout the first half, but in the second, Tigres began to look for a comeback. André-Pierre Gignac came in off the bench, having failed to start as he continues to recover from injury, and the universitarios immediately had another dimension up top.
Tigres began to control possession and looked dangerous, with Gignac forcing a good save out of Barovero in the 55th minute. As Tigres pushed forward, though, they left space in the back and Monterrey nearly put the series to bed in the 69th minute, only to be denied by the crossbar.
The visitors were finally able to reduce the deficit in the 85th minute, with (who else?) Gignac scoring an acrobatic volley to make it 1-1 (2-1 aggregate). That set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed hard for the second goal that would have sent the final to extra time; but in the end, Monterrey held on for the aggregate victory.
With the 1-1 draw (2-1 aggregate win), Monterrey is the 2019 CONCACAF champion.