Monterrey get rid of host aspect Al Sadd
5-goal thriller graced by number of very good strikes
Mexicans will face Liverpool in semi-finals
Monterrey lined-up a glamour tie with Liverpool after kicking off their FIFA Membership World Cup Qatar 2019 with an exhilarating 3-2 defeat of Al Sadd.
Leonel Vangioni’s astonishing strike was the choose of the five-goal thriller, which noticed the four-time contributors attain the semis for less than the second time.
The Mexicans had been virtually forward in a matter of seconds, with Jesus Gallardo rasping a shot onto the bar from an ungainly angle. If that was an announcement of intent, Vangioni delivered in model. From 30 yards out he unleashed a meteorite that he couldn’t have positioned higher with the assistance of a step-ladder. His shot hit off the highest right-hand nook of the publish and went in, sending the visiting followers loopy.
Their second was one other freak occasion, however of a unique method. A misplaced again go from Al Sadd captain Gabi grew to become the right by ball for Rogelio Funes Mori, who doesn’t miss items like that.
Hope emerged within the form of Baghdad Bounedjah, who fantastically headed in from 12 yards, solely to see the hole widen once more when Carlos Rodriguez thumped a 3rd off the underside of the bar.
Abdelkarim Hassan made certain it was a nervy finish – and gave the house followers a second to savour – producing his personal rocket from 25 yards out, nevertheless it proved too little, too late.