Monterrey and Cruz Azul have starred in three intense matches during the second half of 2021. The team led by Javier Aguirre has achieved better results in this journey. The first of these duels was held on August 11 at the Steel Giant in a match corresponding to the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League. The Albiazul squad won the capital by a score of 1-0 with a solitary score by Maximiliano Meza at minute 9.
The second confrontation between these two Liga MX heavyweights came just a week later, on August 18, but now at the Azteca Stadium. In the match on day 5 of the Grita México 2021 tournament, Rayados rescued the tie agonizingly in added time. Jonathan Rodríguez had advanced to the cement workers by way of the penalty at minute 67.
After the expulsion of Ignacio Rivero at minute 86, José Alfonso ‘Plátano’ Alvarado tied the cards at minute 90 + 1.
Finally, on September 16, the Celeste Machine and Monterrey crossed their paths again. In a duel corresponding to the second leg of the Concachampions semifinals, the ‘Vasco’ Aguirre team had no mercy and beat the cement producers by a score of 1-4, to add a 1-5 aggregate. With a double from Rogelio Funes Mori and goals from Maximiliano Meza and Duván Vergara, the Sultana del Norte team won their place in the final of the Concacaf tournament.
Rayados ended up winning the final against America and thus got his pass to the Club World Cup. The ‘Vasco’ Aguirre team will seek to impose itself on the Sky Machine in the playoffs and will try to make history repeat itself with a new championship.
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