Concacaf Champions League

Sanchez edges Monterrey closer to crown

Nicolas Sanchez, #4 of Monterrey, celebrates with team-mate Rogelio Funes Mori #7 after scoring against Tigres UANL
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  • Monterrey secure tight first-leg win over Tigres in Champions League final
  • Monterrey chasing fourth Concacaf title
  • Tigres yet to win continental tournament

A lone strike from Nico Sanchez has given Monterrey a handy away win at Tigres in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League final on Tuesday.

Sanchez powered home a header directly from a corner two minutes before half-time against the run of play.

At the other end, Monterrey goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero pulled off a string of second-half saves as Tigres dominated possession.

Monterrey will host the return next Wednesday seeking their fourth title and first since 2013. Tigres have never won the continental tournament.

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