A late goal gave Pumas UNAM a 1-0 victory against Monterrey. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten this season and perfect at home, while the Rayados remain winless and suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The hosts looked the better side from the beginning and it was only Marcelo Barovero in goal who kept Pumas from running up the score. Carlos González had several opportunities with Sebastián Saucedo and Fabio Álvarez supporting the attack, but the Argentinian goalkeeper kept Pumas off the board.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Monarcas Morelia had to settle for a 2-2 draw. This was the season opener for the reigning champs (with their Jornada 1 game postponed to February), while the result keeps the michoacanos winless in two.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 21st minute, when Miguel Ángel Sansores was called for a foul on Nicolás Sánchez in the box. VAR upheld the penalty call and in the 25th minute, Sánchez stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Monterrey beat América 4-2 on penalties to claim the Apertura 2019 title following a 3-3 aggregate draw in the Gran Final.
The Rayados had won the first leg, 2-1, but América dominated the second leg. An early would-be goal for the Águilas was disallowed for handball, but they had the ball in the net again minutes later through Federico Viñas; his 5th-minute goal stood to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.
América then appeared to take the aggregate lead in the 24th minute through Roger Martínez, but after VAR review the goal was disallowed. The hosts kept pressing, though, and they got their reward in the 40th minute when Richard Sánchez scored from outside the box to make it 2-0 (3-2 aggregate).
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monterrey fought back for a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Apertura 2019 Gran Final.
The first-half was a hard-fought affair, with more fouls – 18 of them – than goal-scoring chances. Monterrey looked more dangerous in possession, but when the opening goal came, it was for the visitors. Late in the half, Henry Martín played Federico Viñas in on goal; with Marcelo Barovero beaten, the unfortunate Carlos Rodríguez mis-hit an intended clearance to send the ball into his own net. His own-goal made it 0-1 for the Águilas in the 44th minute.
Monterrey claimed third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup by beating Al-Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The result matches Monterrey’s previous best finish in the tournament, which they earned in 2012.
Monterrey had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute, when Ángel Zaldívar played in Arturo González, but Abdullah Al-Mayoof made a kick-save to deny “Ponchito”. Despite a few more chances for the Rayados, it was the AFC champions who took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Carlos Eduardo headed home a cross from Yasser Al-Shahrani to give Al-Hilal the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Monterrey will look to match their best-ever FIFA Club World Cup finish when they take on Al-Hilal in the third-place game this Saturday.
The Rayados suffered a harsh loss to Liverpool in the semifinals after conceding a stoppage-time goal to fall 2-1 to the UEFA champions. Their opponent in this one, Al-Hilal – the AFC champion – fell 3-1 to Flamengo in their semifinal.
Both teams will look to end the tournament on a positive note with a win in this one.
A stoppage-time goal by Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory against Monterrey in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.
The UEFA champions were the heavy favorites going into this one – despite a number of absences due to injury and illness – but Monterrey made them work hard for their victory. While Liverpool had the majority of possession early, a makeshift back line let the Rayados through several times on the counter, albeit without an end product.
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup continues this week with the semifinal round. Monterrey, the CONCACAF champion, reached the semifinal after beating the host nation’s representative, Al Sadd, in the quarterfinals; they’ll now take on UEFA champion Liverpool, who is entering the tournament in this round.
The Rayados have qualified for the Club World Cup three times previously, and reached the semifinal round just once, in 2012, where they fell 3-1 to Chelsea.
Liverpool has played in the Club World Cup just once before, back in 2005, where they reached the final but fell 1-0 to São Paulo.
Monterrey saw off a comeback attempt by Al Sadd to earn a 3-2 victory against the Qatari team in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals.
Monterrey, representing CONCACAF, was making their debut in the tournament, while Al Sadd was coming off a victory against Hienghène Sport in the play-in round. Despite Al Sadd’s home-field advantage, it was Monterrey who took the lead in the 23rd minute. Leonel Vangioni scored a golazo as his left-footed shot from distance went in off the woodwork to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup got underway in Qatar this week, and CONCACAF representative Monterrey will start their participation on Saturday, entering the tournament in the quarterfinal round.
Their opponent will be Al-Sadd Sports Club, who are representing the host nation and who earned their spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory in extra time against New Caledonia’s Hienghène Sport in the playoff round.
Al-Sadd qualified for the Club World Cup once before, in 2011, where they finished third. Monterrey will be participating in the tournament for the fourth time; their best finish is likewise third, which they earned in 2012, while in both 2011 and 2013 they finished fifth.