Monterrey clinched its second straight CONCACAF Champions League title after losing 2-1 to Santos Laguna in the second leg of the final, but advancing via a 3-2 aggregate score.
Monterrey will represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup in December.
Santos came out of the gate firing, knowing it needed to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. The home side created a number of chances, but was denied several times by Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco, who looked to be in fine form.
Just seconds before halftime, Santos found the opener thanks to a fantastic strike from Daniel Ludueña, who turned and fired past Orozco from the top of the box after some great build up.
Santos leveled the tie on aggregate five minutes after the restart after Darwin Quintero beat two men down the right flank and crossed the ball for Oribe Peralta, whose sidefooted volley beat Orozco after a scramble in the box.
Monterrey found a dramatic winner in the 81st minute when Neri Cardozo played a quick one-two with Walter Ayovi, collected on his chest and fired a deflected shot past Oswaldo Sanchez, who had no chance after a slight deflection off his own defender.
The goal gave Monterrey a 3-2 aggregate lead, but because it was an away goal, it virtually ended the tie, as Santos was left needing to score twice in the last 10 minutes.
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