Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

CONCACAF: Pachuca strike at the death to end Cruz Azul hopes (+video)

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on April 29, 2010

Pachuca CF are the CONCACAF Champions League winners for the fourth time in their history after a second half stoppage time winner from Edgar Benitez gave them a 1-0 win in the second leg of the final. Cruz Azul, who were going for a record extending sixth title, had won the first leg at home seven days earlier by two goals to one. The game was petering out into a goalless stalemate when Benitez struck from just inside the Cruz Azul penalty area to give Los Tuzos (The Gophers) the goal they craved and which sent the masses of Pachuca fans in the stadium into ecstasy. Not only does the victory give Pachuca their fourth continental title since 2002 but it also ensures their place in the FIFA Club World Cup which takes place at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi. Guillermo Rivarola, coach of the winning Pachuca side, said after the match “When we saw the ball hit the net, it was madness. There was tons of emotion. We all wanted to hug each other as the goal gave us the championship and the ticket to the Club World Cup. I really can’t describe it.”

See for yourself in the video below:

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