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MEXICO: It's Monterrey vs. Santos

November, 28, 2010
11/28/10
11:44
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Monterrey will play for a second successive Apertura title. Santos Laguna will get another shot at the trophy it just missed out on last spring.

The expected sides emerged from the Mexican Primera Division semifinals Sunday, and the two-leg title series will begin in Torreon on Thursday night. The second leg will be played next Sunday in Monterrey.



Santos and America played a 3-3 thriller in Torreon -- third-seeded Santos won on aggregate, 5-4 -- and Monterrey got a pair of late goals to beat visiting Pumas UNAM, 2-0, after a scoreless draw in Thursday's first leg.

America rallied three times in the second half on goals by Vicente Sanchez, Matias Vuoso and Enrique Esqueda, but it wasn't nearly enough -- the Aguilas needed to win by two goals to reach the final. Carlos Darwin Quintero made the task much more difficult, firing Santos ahead in the second minute. he scored a second in the 61st, and Christian Benitez netted his 16th of the campaign in the 75th.

Second-seeded Monterrey, which beat Santos, 2-1, Oct. 23 in Torreon, would have advanced with another 0-0 draw against Pumas. But Humberto Suazo took advantage of a defensive miscue in the 88th minute, and Neri Cardozo doubled the advantage two minutes into stoppage.

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