Leonel Vangioni's wonder goal may be a warning sign for Liverpool if Monterrey holds its early lead versus Al-Sadd in its Club World Cup quarterfinal.
Vangioni, the former River Plate and AC Milan man, laced an aesthetic marvel to open the scoring, the ball rocketing around the back of the goal.
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Another ex-River Plate man, Rogelio Funes Mori, scored before halftime to insure Monterrey's advantage.
The winner meets Premier League powers Liverpool in a Wednesday semifinal. The Reds are bringing their best side to the tournament despite a League Cup date on Tuesday.
Liga MX has never put a team in the Club World Cup Final.
The other semifinal will see Brazil's Flamengo meet Saudi side Al-Hilal.