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Monterrey eliminates the champion Cruz Azul and goes to the quarterfinals of Mexican football

Monterrey eliminates the champion Cruz Azul and goes to the quarterfinals of Mexican football

Monterrey qualified for the quarterfinals of Mexico’s Apertura-2021 tournament by thrashing 4-1 against Cruz Azul, which was the defending champion, on Sunday at the Azteca stadium in the last tie of the playoffs.

Argentine Rogelio Funes Mori scored 1-0 for the ‘Rayados’ at minute 10 with a penalty charged to the lower left corner, unattainable for goalkeeper Jesús Corona.

At 27, the also Argentine Maximiliano Meza scored the 2-0 with a left-footed shot from the half moon that he placed close to the left post.

‘La Machine’ approached 2-1, to 32, with a penalty taken by the Peruvian Yoshimar Yotún, left-handed and to the left, to overcome the throw of the Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.

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Funes Mori increased Monterrey’s advantage to 3-1 with a shot in front of the goalkeeper, to 59.

The Dutchman Vincent Janssen sentenced the 4-1 to 85 with a header from Alfonso González.

Earlier, the Pumas beat 2-1 at home and eliminated Toluca at the Nemesio Diez stadium.

At minute 16, Leonel López saw the Toluca goalkeeper ahead and surprised him with a shot from the center circle, just past the half court, for the 1-0 for the Pumas.

Argentine Juan Dinenno made it 2-0 at 50 with a shot inside the area after the ball hit the crossbar after a shot from Brazilian Diogo de Oliveira.

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The ‘Red Devils’ of Toluca approached 2-1 with a penalty charged at 62 by Haret Ortega low and to the right of the goalkeeper who launched himself to the opposite side.

On Saturday the first two play-offs were played. At the Corona stadium, Santos’ ‘Warriors’ qualified for the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Atlético San Luis.

In the Cuauhtémoc stadium, Puebla defeated the ‘Chivas’ of Guadalajara 6-5 on penalties after rescuing the tie 2-2.

In this way, the quarterfinals will be played under the following pairings: América-Pumas, Atlas-Monterrey, León-Puebla and Tigres-Santos. (AFP)

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