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Vucetich wins fourth title with fourth team
by Mike Woitalla, December 14th, 2009 7AM



[MEXICO] Cruz Azul couldn't capitalize on its home advantage in the second leg of Mexican Apertura 2009 final, falling, 2-1, to Monterrey, which won the first leg, 4-3, and captured the title 6-4 on aggregate. It marked Monterrey's third title in history. For Monterrey's coach, Victor Manuel Vucetich, it was his fourth crown with four different teams. Vucetich dedicated the Monterrey win to his late wife and former Mexican international Antonio De Nigris, who died last month of a heart attack at age 31.

De Nigris' brother, Aldo, scored four playoff goals for Monterrey, including the opening goal in the second leg. The gamewinner was scored by Huberto Suazo, the leading scorer in Chile's successful qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup.

Alejandro Castro answered Di Nigris' 55th-minute goal, a header assisted by Suazo, in the 77th minute. But as Cruz Azul fought for the goal to force overtime, Suazo struck with seconds left in regulation.

Vucetich won previous titles with Leon (1992), Tecos UAG (1994) and Pachuca (Apertura 2003). Cruz Azul has finished runner-up in three of the last four seasons. It won the last its eight titles 12 years ago.

The last seven Mexican titles have been won by seven different teams:

Apertura 2006 Guadalajara
Clausura 2007 Pachuca
Apertura 2007 Atlante
Clausura 2008 Santos Laguna
Apertura 2008 Toluca
Clausura 2009 Pumas
Apertura 2009 CF Monterrey

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