MEXICO CITY - Chile striker Humberto
"Lollipop" Suazo scored twice as Monterrey beat Santos Laguna
3-0 to win the Mexican Apertura championship final 5-3 on
Argentine Jose Basanta also scored for the "Stripes", who
lifted their fourth title at their Tecnologico stadium on
Sunday, having gone down 3-2 in the first leg on Thursday.
It was a second successive defeat in the final for Santos,
nicknamed the "Warriors", who lost the 2009/2010 Clausura final
on penalties to Toluca in May.
The shaven-headed Suazo, a member of Chile's 2010 World Cup
squad, hit the bar early on before opening the scoring with a
shot from outside the box in the 23rd minute.
Basanta headed the second from a corner in the 72nd and
Suazo added the final touch with a solo goal after weaving past
three defenders to beat goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez from close
The third goal sparked wild celebrations by the Monterrey
bench who doused coach Manuel Vucetich with water.
Celebrating fans later swarmed into Monterrey's Macroplaza,
one of the biggest squares in the world at 400,000 square
The match was the last for Mexican referee Armando
Archundia, who officiated at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He
equalled the record of French referee Joel Quiniou by taking
charge of eight World Cup matches.
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