2021 CONCACAF Champions League, Quarterfinals
  • Maximiliano Meza (3', 26')
  • Miguel Layún (71')
2nd Leg - Monterrey advance 5-2 on aggregate
2nd Leg - Monterrey advance 5-2 on aggregate

Monterrey ease past Columbus Crew to reach CONCACAF Champions League semis

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 out a 2-2 draw last week in the first leg of the two-game, total-goals series.

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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 six-yard box, and Crew goalkeeper 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 fired 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 into the top right corner.