Aldo de Nigris (pictured) helped Monterrey to a win over host Don Bosco in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match on August 3, 2016, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: Mexsport)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Monterrey began its pursuit of a fourth Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League crown with a 3-0 victory over debutants Don Bosco to open Group D play on Wednesday evening.
Aldo de Nigris scored his 15th career SCCL goal and set up the other two. Edwin Cardona and Yimmi Chara also scored before halftime in the Rayados’ first match in the tournament since winning the 2012/13 title.
Despite that three-year absence, Wednesday’s win at Stade Sylvio Cator was still their 26th all-time in the competition, the third-most among all entrants.
Don Bosco was outshot 11-7 in its first-ever SCCL match as it became the third Haitian side to compete in the tournament. It was the seventh loss in as many matches for clubs from the nation.
Monterrey got an ideal start just three minutes following the opening whistle. Cardona ran onto de Nigris’ cross from the right and fired his first time effort inside the right post from near the penalty spot to make it 1-0.
The visitor doubled its lead 14 minutes later on a sequence that began when Chara seized an errant pass in midfield. The attacker ran with pace toward Don Bosco’s defense, played a slick pass wide to de Nigris, and then finished off the return ball from inside the penalty area.
In the second minute of first-half stoppage time, Monterrey made it 3-0. Don Bosco goalkeeper Ronald Elusma dove at full stretch to push Cardona’s dipping shot onto the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell straight to de Nigris, who guided a simple header across the goal line.
The host came close on a couple occasions to their first-ever SCCL goal. Dumy Fede perhaps should’ve scored in the 68th minute, only to fire wide of the right post from about 12-yards out after controlling Kerlins Georges’ cross
Kenley Dede saw his effort denied by Monterrey custodian Alexander Dominguez with 10 minutes remaining in normal time.
Group D play continues when Monterrey hosts Arabe Unido on August 16.