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CONCACAF: Cruz Azul cement first leg advantage, review (+video)

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on February 25, 2011

CONCACAF Champions League logoIt’s the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League, North and Central America’s elite football competition, and the first legs have been completed over the last few days and each tie still remains in the balance.

Featuring prominently in the last eight line-up are two all-Mexican ties. Cruz Azul, runners-up in the last two years, started the knockout phase of this year’s competition on a winning note getting the better of compatriots Santos Laguna. The tournament’s top scorer so far, Javier Orozco, bagged his eleventh strike of the competition in fortunate fashion when giving Los Cementos the lead after 58 minutes. It took just ten minutes for Cruz Azul to double their advantage thanks to Christian Giménez and that was how the match finished up. In the other all-Mexican clash CF Monterrey were ultimately grateful to Osvaldo Martínez for scoring the only goal of the game against their hosts Deportivo Toluca with eight minutes remaining.


Another fascinating clash took place in the United States with 2008 MLS Cup winners Columbus Crew playing host to 2009 MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake and with both teams preparing for a new domestic season to kick off this was the perfect opportunity for either team to gain on a notch on their rivals. Sadly, for neither team, opportunities went begging and the game petered out into a goalless draw. In the final game, played on Thursday night, Costa Rican record champions Deportivo Saprissa took away a slender 1-0 advantage from their home tie against  Honduran opponents C.D. Olimpia with Armando Alonso scoring the only goal after 23 minutes.


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