Cortiba win Dallas Cup XXXVI over CF Monterrey

Published Sunday, April 5, 2015 9:24 PM by Shane Barrow
Cortiba win Dallas Cup XXXVI over CF Monterrey

Easter Sunday and the Dallas Cup Super Group Final go hand in hand. This year we were treated to two attack minded sides as CF Monterrey faced off against Brazilian talents Cortiba.  A wide open match ensued that entertained the large crowd in attendance from the opening whistle.

It was attacking soccer on display and it did not take long for the crowd to be treated to the opening goal.  In the 8th minute  Cortiba got down the left wing where a cross found Thiago Lopes inside the Monterrey penalty area.  Lopes laid off perfectly for Evandro da Silva to smash home from 18 and it was 1-0 to Cortiba.  The lead was almost doubled ten minutes later when Julio Rusch crossed to Thiago Lopes whose looping header went over keeper Edson Resendez and landed on top of the net.

CF Monterrey began playing themselves into the match after the twentieth minute forcing the Cortiba defense to deal with a couple of very dangerous crosses.  The pressure paid off in the 26th as Luis Montoya headed home a perfect corner from Ian Arellano. We were all tied, but only for a few minutes.

In the 31st Cortiba grabbed the lead right back with a free kick from left corner from Thiago Lopes.  Evandro da Silva rose high and headed home for his second goal of the match.  It was a lead that the Brazilians would not relinquish.

CF Monterrey opened the second half in search of the tying goal and almost had it as Erick Amaro headed a Carlos Ortega cross just over.  The play was end to end ad both sides searched for the all important next goal.  In the 67th Cortiba would get the breathing room they needed.  Vitor Vieira picked up a ball 25 yards from net and rolled a ball past Edson Resendez and into the net.  3-1 to Cortiba.

CF Monterrey almost grabbed one back in the 78th as Carlos Ochoa cut inside onto his left foot curled off the crossbar. So very close to a wonderful goal.  Despite the close miss they still had life a couple of minutes later when Evandro da Silva saw his second yellow and was sent to the showers.  Cortiba would have to defend their lead with ten men for the remainder of the night.

They were up to the task seeing out the final minutes without incident and Cortiba won their 2nd Dallas Cup Super Group Title in four years.  This year the best team definitely took home the title as the Brazilians were just flat out better all over the pitch.