Torreón, Mexico – Santos Laguna scored a late goal in the 88th minute to win the first leg of their best of two round of 16 encounter in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
CF Montreal suffers heartbreak against Santos Laguna
A tough physical first half
The first five minutes turned out to be a physical battle between both clubs and a minute later Romell Quioto opened the scoring to give Montreal the lead with a great dribble and fired a quick shot past Carlos Acevado, and shortly afterward was taken away by VAR due to a foul and the goal was taken away.
Five minutes later it was the home side with their first dangerous scoring chance when Brian Lozano got a great shot off that needed to be punched away by Sebastien Breza who got the start in goal for Montreal. Things continued to be physical for the next 10 minutes as both clubs battled it out.
Santos Laguna had a great chance to take the lead in the 29th minute as Eduardo Aguirre got not one but two shots on Breza and the Montreal keeper managed to save both of them using his incredible reflexes. In the 38th minute, the Mexican side earned a corner kick and Aguirre headed it off the post and out.
Breza continued to shut the door and was tested again in the 43rd minute but again was up to the task of keeping the ball out of the net. The first half finished 0-0 after a minute was added for extra time and the teams went into the locker room still looking for a goal.
Montreal suffers heartbreak
The Mexcian side continued to attack at the beginning of the second half as they looked hungry for that first goal of the game and three minutes later they were at it again with another dangerous opportunity but Breza again came up with another huge save.
Quioto got another shot on target in the 55th minute but Acevado managed to make the save to keep the ball out of the net and five minutes later it was Joaquin Torres with another great shot that was saved once again by the Mexcian goalkeeper.
Montreal made its first change in the 64th minute bringing in Zorhan Bassong for Lassi Lappalainen looking to get some fresh legs with less than 30 minutes to go in regulation. Breza made another impressive save in the 68th minute this time on Leonardo Suarez.
A couple of minutes later Quioto was at it again but again was denied by the hands of Acevado who kept it 0-0 with another crucial save to keep the game level. In the 82nd-minute head coach, Wilfred Nancy made two changes bringing in Matko Miljevic and Zachary Brault Guillard for Mathieu Choniere and Rida Zouhir.
Santos Laguna finally got on the scoreboard in the 88th minute when Jesus Ocejo managed to head a ball past Breza into the back of the net for a late goal and four minutes were added on to the 90 minutes of regulation and it was Montreal last chance to score a goal and the final whistle blew to end the game.
Santos Laguna takes the lead in the 88th minute 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/szyrgwoCSw
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 16, 2022
Last Word: Coaches reaction
” I like the second half but I didn’t like how we started the game and how we were controlling the ball and the game and in regards to the goal I honestly didn’t see it so I will have to take a look but what I was told was there was a foul on the play”.
Montreal will now head home to face Santos Laguna in the return leg next Tuesday night at the Olympic Stadium looking to reverse the deficit and advance to the quarterfinals in front of their home fans for the first time this season.