Take a deeper dive into some of the highlights that sent Monterrey Rayados to the Super Group final.
Monterrey defeated Tigres in a tightly contested all Liga MX Super Group semifinal 2-1.
The game started off strong for Monterrey, with Daniel Martinez putting a ball into the box, which then forced Tigres keeper Marcos Barbosa to make a difficult save. Tigres would then get an opportunity through Cruz Leal, who took a loose ball and took a shot that went just above the bar.
The first breakthrough came from Tigres, who capitalized on great passing through the midfield in the 19’. Luciano Augusto played a pass to Leal, who then found Rafael Duran open. Duran played the ball back to Augusto, who had continued his run into the box, taking the pass and slotting it past the keeper to give the Bracket C champions a 1-0 lead.
Luis Bonilla of Tigres then created another opportunity, almost putting the team up two goals. Using his pace and dribbling, Bonilla megged a player and was through into the keeper, but Alexis Lina made a good save to keep the deficit at one.
Monterrey would answer in the 33’ off a corner, as Hernan Contreras would play a ball into the box and William Castill would head it in the tie the match.
Bonilla began to play cause havoc on the wings, forcing saves from the keeper, but Tigres could not break the deadlock. Leal would force another opportunity and as the trend in the match, would be matched with another save.
The Rayados would take the game in the 82’, as Josue Gonza took the ball after the Tigres defender’s weak clearance, take a dribble, and then bend it past the keeper to secure Monterrey’s spot in the Super Group final.
---Arman Kafai: 3rdDegree