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Monterrey wins CCL finals opener, 2-0, over Santos

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm with No Comments »
April 18, 2012 9:14 pm

Update: Monterrey wins the opener 2-0 at home. Series resolves next week at Santos. Info here.

Pregame: The CONCACAF Champions League final series kicks off tonight with Santos visiting Santos. The game will be shown on Fox Soccer at 7 p.m.

Here’s a preview from the CCL site.

Here’s a place where fans can vote for the player of the tournament.

And here’s more from CONCACAF:

The two-legged 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League final kicks-off Wednesday, when defendingchampion Monterrey hosts Santos Laguna. A week later Santos will welcome its northern Mexican rival to Torreon.

In advance of their meeting, both lost domestic league matches on Saturday, with each using largely reserve-based starting line-ups.

Monterrey fell 1-0 to Atlas atthe Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara. The loss moved Monterrey back to fifth place on 28 points.

Santos dropped a 3-1 decision to América at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. After going down 1-0 early, Carlos Ochoa leveled for the Guerreros in the 44th minute. América, however, scored two goals in the second half to seal the victory. Santos is now in second place, one point behind Tigres, its opponent next Sunday.

Monterrey enters the 1st leg on a seven-game CCL unbeaten streak, including six-consecutive wins before a 1-1 tie with Pumas in its last outing. The Rayados have conceded one goal or less in 11-straight CCL gamesand have six wins and two draws in eight all-time CCL matches against Mexican opposition.

Santos is winless in eight of its last nine CCL away games, but has set a record forthe most goals scored in a single CCL season with 34.

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