Action from the friendly between Monterrey and visiting Nacional (left) on December 7, 2013, at the Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTERRY, Mexico – Monterrey concluded its domestic program for next week’s Club World Cup with a 2-0 loss to Nacional of Paraguay in a friendly on Saturday at the Estadio Tecnologico.
The three-time CONCACAF Champions League winner went 2-1-1 in four preparation matches and will now travel to Morocco for the FIFA event. It is scheduled to meet the winner of Wednesday’s Raja Casablanca-Auckland City playoff in a December 14 quarterfinal.
Nacional went ahead in the 34th minute, when Derlis Orue received a superb feed on the right side of the box and beat goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco from six-yards out.
Two minutes following the break, the visitor doubled its advantage as Juan Arguello lunged with his left foot to direct a cross past Orozco from eight yards.
In the 54th minute, Monterrey nearly halved the deficit through Humberto Suazo. Efrain Juarez laid off pass at the top of the 18-yard box, only to see the Chilean blaze the subsequent shot over the crossbar.
At the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, Monterrey topped Egypt’s Al-Ahly, 2-0, in the match for third place.
NOTES: Monterrey and Nacional also faced off twice in the 2010 Copa Libertadores. The Rayados won 2-1 at home, before losing 2-0 on the road five weeks later.