Soccer  > General Soccer  > Monterrey completes Group Stage with 1-0 win
October 21, 2010, 12:46 PM
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Sergio Santana scored his first goal in the CONCACAF Champions League and gave Monterrey a 1-0 victory over Marathon on Wednesday, sending the Mexican side to the quarterfinals with the best record in the Group Stage.

The game was meaningless in regards to the knockout round with Monterrey already assured of winning Group C and Marathon having been eliminated with Saprissa's 2-1 victory over Seattle that clinched the second berth on Tuesday.

The Saprissa victory earned Costa Rica its first appearance in the Championship Round and denied Marathon a third consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.

Monterrey manager Victor Manuel Vucetich used an entirely different starting 11 from his club's 2-0 victory over Toluca on Saturday, but the team extended its unbeaten streak to 18 dating back to May.

Santana, making only his second appearance in the Champions League, ran on to a pass from Jesus Arrelano and scored in the 69th minute. Monterrey, the only unbeaten team remaining in the Mexican Apertura, finished atop the group with 16 points, six better than Saprissa and 10 more than Marathon. Seattle was last with three points.

Monterrey clearly had the better possession and chances in the first half, twice forcing defender Adolfo Machado to clear chances off Marathon's line and a shot by William Paredes from distance in the 41st that required goalkeeper Juan De Dios Ibarra to make a diving leap and push around the right post.

Abraham Carreno had one of Monterrey's best chances in the 31st, turning in the middle of the penalty area after Mario Cesar Rodriguez fell but shooting high.

Marathon, which didn't muster anything resembling a threat until a corner kick in the 39th, showed a bit more life in the second half. Mariano Acevedo attempted a shot from distance that skipped once and bounced off the right post in the 49th, and Carlos Will Mejia shot high at the right post after chasing a long ball out of the back in the 60th.

Marathon sported its customary all green uniform with pink socks, part of its effort to aid breast cancer awareness that it initiated with its Saturday victory against Platense.


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