Match: CF Monterrey v Alianza FC
Date: February 27th, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM CST, 10:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer
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CF Monterrey take on Alianza FC from El Salvador in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League first round match-up tonight in the much more friendly confines of the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Monterrey and Alianza played to a scoreless draw in the first leg in San Salvador, so both teams have everything to play for tonight. A win for either team would see them advance in the CONCACAF Champions League and face off against the winner of the CS Herediano v Atlanta United match that will be played on Thursday night.
Monterrey are one of the favorites to lift the trophy at the end of CCL, but if they’re going to be taken seriously, a win tonight would go a long way. Crosstown rivals Tigres comfortably put away Costa Rica giants Saprissa after a 1-0 loss away from home, so Monterrey will be expected to perform just as good, if not better.
Los Rayados will reportedly once again have the services of Rogelio Funes Mori, as the striker has been tipped for a return to the starting XI. It’s been said a few times before, but it definitely seems that this Monterrey team appears extremely different when he’s in the lineup and when he’s not.
Monterrey should also feature some of their regular starters for the match, as Nico Sanchez, Jesus Gallardo, and Miguel Layun were all rested on the weekend, meaning that Diego Alonso will surely be putting advancing in the CCL as a priority. Let’s see if Monterrey can at least get through tonight’s match first.