Mexico's Monterrey produced an impressive 3-1 win over South Koreans Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday to set up a Club World Cup semi-final against English side Chelsea.
Argentine forward Cesar Delgado scored twice in the second half as slick-passing Monterrey dominated the tournament's first quarter-final in snow-sprinkled Toyota.
Jesus Corona opened the scoring after nine minutes, finishing a superb three-man move from close range before his back-heel fell for Delgado to tap home in the 77th minute.
Delgado smashed in his second seven minutes later to kill off the game, in which Hawk-Eye's goal-line technology was being used for the first time, although Ulsan grabbed a late consolation through Lee Keun-ho.
"If we can play like we did today against Chelsea we will have a chance," Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich said. "Last year we lost in the quarterfinals here because we didn't have time to prepare. This year we had plenty of time to get ready for this match."
"The attacking style of this team was quite different than anything we have seen in Asia," Ulsan coach Kim Ho-kon said. "The difference of Asian football was made clear today."
Monterrey could have scored more but showed enough to suggest they will be no pushovers for Chelsea when the teams meet in Yokohama on Thursday.