After conceding two goals in the opening ten minutes, Santos Laguna scored four of their own in a 10-minute span late in the second half to earn a comprehensive 4-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls. The result sees Santos advance to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.
With a 0-2 away win from the first leg, the Laguneros were in a fairly comfortable position combing into this one. But the visitors jumped out to a surprise lead and quickly erased the deficit. Omir Fernández made it 0-1 (2-1) in just the 4th minute, before Daniel Royer leveled the aggregate five minutes later.
Tigres UANL took the advantage in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with a 0-2 away win against the Houston Dynamo.
The game was fairly even in the first half, with neither Houston nor Tigres able to take control, although the hosts had a good chance early on when Boniek García played in Alberth Elis, but he couldn’t find the target.
Santos Laguna picked up a 0-2 away win against the New York Red Bulls to put them in a comfortable position in their 2019 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
The game didn’t start off comfortably for the visitors, as the Red Bulls came out attacking and were able to keep the ball consistently in Santos’ defensive third. However, the hosts weren’t able to convert their opportunities, with Jonathan Orozco notably denying Bradley Wright-Phillips on a one-on-one chance.
The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League continues this week with the quarterfinal round, and three of Mexico’s four entrants remain in contention.
Santos Laguna, Tigres UANL, and Monterrey all made it out of the Round of Sixteen, and will now all face MLS opponents in the quarterfinals: the New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, and Atlanta United, respectively.
It took Monterrey 176 minutes, but they did eventually find a goal in this Round of Sixteen series, beating Alianza 1-0 on aggregate to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League.
A 0-0 draw in the first leg left it all to play for on Wednesday. Monterrey came out attacking as they looked to put their home field advantage to good use, but although they had more possession and more chances, it was Alianza who had one of the more dangerous opportunities with a shot from close-range that ended up skied over the crossbar.
Santos Laguna finished off a lopsided Round of Sixteen series with a 5-0 win against Marathón to give them an astonishing 11-2 aggregate victory over the Hondurans.
This series was essentially decided in the first leg, where Santos picked up a 6-2 away win; the Guerreros made five changes to the starting lineup for this game and it did not affect their dominance one bit. They had chances from the opening whistle, but it took 18 minutes to find the breakthrough. Marlos Moreno made it 1-0 on the night (7-2 aggregate) with his header.
Tigres UANL easily overcame a first-leg deficit as they beat Saprissa 5-1 on Tuesday night to give the universitarios a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Tigres came out attacking, knowing they needed a win here, and it wasn’t long before they had their first goal. In the 15th minute, the unfortunate Aubrey David badly misjudged a play, with his attempt to head the ball back to the keeper ending in a collision… and with the ball in the back of the net. His own-goal made it 1-0 (1-1 aggregate).
The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League continues this week with the second legs of the Round of Sixteen.
Mexico’s four entrants had a mixed bag of results in the first leg, with one win, one draw, and two losses, but all four Liga MX sides are at home this week and they’ll look to use that home-field advantage to continue in the tournament.
First leg results
Deportivo Saprissa 1-0 Tigres UANL
Marathón 2-6 Santos Laguna
Alianza 0-0 Monterrey
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Toluca