Both sides of the Clásico Regiomontano experienced different emotions during the weekend.
CONCACAF club champions Monterrey were knocked out of the FIFA Club World Cup by Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol, 4-3 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes. Reysol took the lead through their star midfielder Leander Domingues, but the Rayados equalized through Humberto Suazo five minutes later. Monterrey had control of the match early on, and missed several opportunities for goal (two of them by Suazo), but Kashiwa pulled their way back into the contest through their team speed and organization. After Suazo's goal, both teams played back-and-forth but with little precision in the final third of the pitch. Penalties beckoned, and Kashiwa won the shootout despite shooting second, which doesn't always happen. Kashiwa will play Santos in one semifinal; Monterrey will play African champions Esperance on Wednesday.
Later in the day, UANL Tigres ended a 29-year wait for a Mexican league championship by defeating Santos 3-1 to win the finals series 4-1 on aggregate. The match started in sensational fashion when referee Marco Rodríguez called a penalty in the 12th minute (correctly) and sent off Santos 'keeper Oswaldo Sánchez (incorrectly). It could have been a devastating result for Santos, who had to take off Darwin Quintero and bring on replacement goalkeeper Miguel Becerra, but Becerra saved Lucas Lobos' penalty. More incredibly, Santos took the lead and evened the aggregate series on Oribe Peralta's strike in the goal area. The second half saw Tigres take control of the match and settle the championship tie with goals from Danilinho and Mexican U-20 striker Alan Pulido. Felipe Baloy of Santos and Israel Jiménez of Tigres were sent off for an altercation in the 70th minute.
Tigres will play CONCACAF Champions League football next season, and will also enter the first stage of the 2012 Copa Libertadores against a Chilean representative in January. (Cruz Azul and Guadalajara have berths to the group stage of the Libertadores.) It's a chance for them to continue Mexican club football's strong performances in South America and make a lot more money than they ever would in CONCACAF.