All four of the Mexican clubs participating in international competitions are in action this week. Pachuca and América will play the second legs of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, while Atlas and Tigres UANL have games in the Copa Libertadores.
First up is Pachuca, who will be playing the Montreal Impact on Tuesday night. These two teams drew 2-2 in the first leg in Mexico, which gives the Canadians a bit of an advantage here due to the away goals tiebreaker. Pachuca needs a win by any margin or a draw with three goals or more to advance, while Montreal would reach the semifinals with a win, a goalless draw, or a 1-1 draw. Should the two draw 2-2, the game would go to extra time and penalties if needed.
Then on Wednesday night, América will host Saprissa while Atlas travels to Chile to face Colo Colo. América picked up a 0-3 away win in the first leg, meaning their ticket is all-but-punched to the CONCACAF semifinals. A win or draw, and even a loss by up to two goals would be enough for América to advance, while Saprissa needs to score at least four goals in a win in order to overcome the first leg deficit. A 0-3 Saprissa win would send the game to extra time and penalties if needed.
In the Libertadores, Atlas and Colo Colo both have a 1-0-1 record and will look to catch up to group leader Santa Fe. The Chileans won their previous home game in this competition and will look to put their home field advantage to good use against the Rojinegros. Atlas rested the majority of their team for this game, playing substitutes and bench players in a 3-0 loss in league play this weekend, so the pressure is on to get a good result here.
Wrapping up the international schedule on Thursday night, Tigres UANL will travel to Argentina to take on River Plate. Tigres won their opening Libertadores game against Juan Aurich, while River Plate fell to San José at altitude in Bolivia. The Argentinians will want to make up for their opening loss with a good home result here.
TV Schedule – All times Eastern, home team listed first
CONCACAF Champions League – Quarterfinals Second Leg
Tuesday, March 3
Montreal Impact (CAN) vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Fox Sports 2 / Galavision
Wednesday, March 4
América vs Saprissa (CRC) – 10:00 PM – Fox Sports 2 / Univision Deportes
Copa Libertadores Week 3
Wednesday, March 4
Colo Colo (CHI) vs Atlas – 5:30 PM – Fox Deportes
Thursday, March 5
River Plate (ARG) vs Tigres UANL – 6:00 PM – Fox Deportes