Former Lyon forward Cesar Delgado rolled back the years as the Mexican side dominated Ulsan Hyundai in their quarter final match. They now face Chelsea in the semi-final and you can view the goals below...
Mexican side and CONCACAF representatives Monterrey have earned the right to face Chelsea in the FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday with a convincing 3-1 scoreline over Asian Champions League champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea.
Billed as an even contest before the start of play the early proceedings belonged to the Mexican’s and after nine minutes they took advantage of their early dominance. Mexican international Aldo de Nigris crossed from the left to find Jesus Corona in the box for the simplest of tap-in finishes.
De Nigris should have made it two just moments later but he sent his powerful header straight down the throat of South Korean international goalkeeper Kim Young-Kwang. Monterrey continued to pour forward and Kim was again called into action to deny Argentine veteran Cesar Delgado after 17 minutes.
Ulsan struggled to get into the game and the Mexican side continued to dominate into the second half. In the end it was former Lyon striker Delgado who rolled back the years with two goals in the final quarter of an hour to finish the tie off as a contest. He grabbed his first in the 77th minute before latching on to Walter Ayovi’s centre from the right to make the score 3-0 with just minutes left on the clock.
2012 Asian Footballer of the Year Lee Keun-Ho grabbed a consolation with just two minutes remaining after his speculative 25-yard-drive was mishandled by the Monterrey keeper for 3-1. It was also Lee’s final goal before embarking on two years of military service in South Korea.
Monterrey now face Chelsea in the semi-final and are in confident mood after sweeping away their Korean opposition and Ulsan goalkeeper Kim Young-Kwang was so impressed by his Mexican opponents that he feels they have the potential to beat the European champions:
"I learned a lot about football from today's defeat, there are a lot of really good football players in the world. No. 9 [Aldo de Nigris] and No. 14 [Jesus Corona] played very well. They got speed and their technique was even greater. Monterey plays very well, they might beat Chelsea.’’
You can see the goals below. Should Chelsea be worried?
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