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CONCACAF Champions League: Monterrey, Club America reach semis

Field Level Media
06 May 2021, 14:40 GMT+10

Two first-half goals from Maximiliano Meza sparked Monterrey to a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday in Guadalupe, Mexico, and a 5-2 aggregate victory in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

The teams played to a 2-2 draw last week in the first leg of the two-game, total-goals series.

Monterrey advances to a semifinal matchup against another Mexican club, Cruz Azul, which completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Toronto FC on Tuesday. The two-leg semifinals will be contested in mid-August and mid-September.

In the fourth minute Wednesday, Monterrey's Vincent Janssen sent a low cross into the 6-yard box, and Crew goalie Eloy Room dived and pushed the ball in front. An unmarked Meza tapped the ball into the open right side of the net.

The same pair connected in the 26th minute. Janssen won an aerial duel and controlled the ball to enter the penalty area in a two-on-one with Meza. He rolled the ball to Meza, who blasted in a low shot from 14 yards out.

Miguel Layun sealed Monterrey's win in the 71st minute, firing in a 25-yard free kick from dead center into the top right corner.

The final CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series was due to conclude later Wednesday night with Club America playing host to the Portland Timbers in Mexico City. That series was level at 1-1 following the first leg in Oregon last week.

Club America 3, Portland Timbers 1

Federico Vinas scored twice as the Liga MX side easily handled the Major League Soccer side in the second leg at Mexico City, emerging with a 4-2 aggregate victory in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

Club America will square off in the semifinals with the Philadelphia Union, who capped a 4-1 aggregate victory over Atlanta United on Tuesday.

In the 21st minute, Mauro Lainez sent a high cross into the 6-yard box, and Vinas rose between two defenders to head home the ball.

Vinas doubled the advantage on a penalty-kick goal in the 59th minute, rolling his left-footed shot in the bottom left corner.

Portland cut into the deficit when Diego Valeri powered a penalty kick into the top left corner in the 64th minute, but America scored again to seal the series in the 70th minute. Leo Suarez dribbled around two defenders at the top of the Timbers' penalty area before knocking in a 22-yard, left-footed strike.

--Field Level Media

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