Soccer  > General Soccer  > De Nigris scores again for Monterrey in 2-0 win
September 15, 2010, 11:18 AM
MONTERREY, Mexico - Aldo De Nigris scored for his third straight game in the CONCACAF Champions League and William Paredes added a second-half tally in his tournament debut, giving Monterrey a 2-0 victory over Marathon and firm control of Group C midway through the Group Stage.

Monterrey won its third in as many games and led the group with nine points, putting it on the brink of the quarterfinals.

Marathon, which has reached the knockout round the past two seasons, remained with three points. It lost for the second time in three games at home this season, including a 2-1 defeat to Tauro in the Preliminary Round.

Neither side managed a shot until Marathon's Nicolas Cardozo put a chance high from distance in the 21st minute.

But three minutes later, Monterrey went ahead when Marathon defender Elder Valladares just managed to get his head to a cross by Jesus Eduardo Zavala. The ball bounced in front of and off Erick Norales toward the right post, where Aldo De Nigris was able to get a right foot on in it and tick it low past goalkeeper Shane Orio.

It was the third goal this season in the Champions League for De Negris, who also has three goals in four games for Monterrey in the Mexican Apertura.

Marathon played without midfielderMario Berrios for accumulated yellow cards and forward Randy Diamond, who was ejected against Saprissa on August 26.

Monterrey also played with a reduced lineup, using only one starter (Jose Maria Basanta) and three substitutes from Saturday's victory over Tigres in its starting 11 against Marathon. However, Humberto Suazo and Neri Cardozo both made their third appearance in as many games in the Champions League for Monterrey, both as substitutes.

The Mexicans had the better possession than Marathon in the first half, but neither side was able to generate many chances. The Hondurans had the better of the early going in the second half, but Monterrey countered and Orio had to make a diving punch on a William Paredes shot in the 51st that was cleared by the defense.

Paredes scored his goal four minutes later, curling a left-footed free kick from 24 meters over a five-man wall and into the upper right corner past a helpless Orio.

Marathon defender Luis Santamaria prevented another goal in the 90th, intercepting Cardozo's cross into the area and clearing it from danger.

Monterrey remained unbeaten in all competitions this season, having won all three Champions League matches and sharing the Mexican Apertura lead with Santos with a 4-3-0 record.

Marathon will return home next week for the fourth round against Saprissa, while Monterrey will be home against Seattle.


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