Arabe Unido earns historic victory over Monterrey in SCCL

Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game between host Monterrey and Arabe Unido on August 17, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTERREY, Mexico -- Jose Gonzalez, Fidel Cesar and Edgar Yoel Barcenas all scored to lift visiting Arabe Unido (1W-0D-0L, 3) to a historic 3-2 victory over three-time champion Monterrey (1-0-1, 3) in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Gonzalez also helped set up Barcenas’ goal early in the second half at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, a strike that proved to be the difference in the Expreso Azul’s first-ever victory on Mexican soil. 

Arabe Unido has now twice beaten Liga MX sides in seven attempts, but had lost five straight against them since a 4-1 home victory over Pachuca in in 2009.

Edwin Cardona scored his second and third goals of the tournament for Monterrey, which conceded three goals for first time in its SCCL history and saw its unbeaten run in the tournament snapped at 11.

It was just second tournament loss in 18 home matches for the Rayados, which forced goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd into seven saves.

With his side ahead 2-1 at the half of the Group D encounter, Barcenas added an insurance goal in the 50th minute on a blistering run down the right flank. From midfield, the winger held off defender Daniel Parra inside the box and then finished beyond the late lunge of Jose Basanta.

Cardona struck back for the host, finishing off the inside of the left post deep in the fifth minute of stoppage time. By then it was too late, with Lloyd having pushed away his dipping free kick in the 88th minute and standing strong to deny Rogelio Funes Mori’s attempt earlier in stoppage time.

Arabe Unido led by a goal after a first half that featured three strikes.

Gonzalez scored his fourth career SCCL goal in the 11th minute, when he reached a half-clearance of Barcenas’ corner and sent in a 23-yard left-footed shot that curled away from goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco’s dive.

Cardona leveled it 12 minutes later after Yimmi Charra let Celso Ortiz’s corner run through his legs. Cardona latched onto the dummy, then cut back deftly to avoid a defender and fired in a firm finish from 12 yards.

That stalemate lasted only six minutes before Caesar put the visitor ahead again, finishing from in close after Azmahar Ariano won the initial header on Barcenas’ service.

Group D resumes play on August 24 as Don Bosco (0-0-1, 0) hosts Arabe Unido.