MONTERREY, Mexico – Monterrey flexed its scoring muscles early and often in a 5-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinals on Thursday night at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey.
The Rayados enjoyed a dream start, as Dorlan Pabon made it 1-0 just seven minutes in with a strong finish past Sporting Kansas City GK Tim Melia.
The pressure kept coming from Monterrey and by the 14’ it was 2-0 to the hosts, as Melia was unable to hang on to a Rogelio Funes Mori shot and Aviles Hurtado swooped in and scored.
Sporting Kansas City looked to respond but Monterrey was intent on staying in control and Jesus Gallardo stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 55’ when he turned in a shot at the back post.
A foul committed by Yohan Croizet on Hurtado set up the Rayados with a penalty kick and Nicolas Sanchez calmly converted the spot kick in the 70’ to make it a 4-0 Monterrey lead.
The home side wasn’t done and Pabon tallied his second of the night in the 76’ to cap the impressive 5-0 triumph for the three-time SCCL champions.