The hosts opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. In the 8th minute, Edson Álvarez was called for bringing down Sebastian Giovinco in the box, and the Italian stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He sent Agustín Marchesín the wrong way to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Jérémy Ménez played in Renato Ibarra, who beat Alfredo Talavera one-on-one to make it 1-0 for América.
After winning 4-0 in the first leg, América was firmly in control of this series – and the only Liga MX team to go into the second leg with an aggregate lead. When the Águilas scored just six minutes into this game to give them an away goal as well, there was no way back for Tauro.
The standout suspension goes to Nicolás Sánchez of Monterrey, who will miss the next two games due to serious foul play, while Paul Aguilar of América was given a one-game suspension for the same reason.
América had the better of the chances early on, with Cecilio Domínguez trying his luck in the 7th minute, although Guillermo Burdisso was able to block the shot. León, meanwhile, struggled to generate much in the final third with the absences of Mauro Boselli and Elías Hernández.
The Panamanians came to the Azteca to defend, and it took América a little time to find the breakthrough. But in the 19th minute, Joe Corona gave the hosts the lead with a left-footed shot from the top of the box.
It was honors even in the Clausura 2018 edition of the SuperClásico as Chivas de Guadalajara and América played out a 1-1 draw. The result keeps El Rebaño winless at home this season and winless in seven overall while the Águilas remain unbeaten but are now winless in three.
Chivas had one of their best performances of the season here as they raised their level of play for the rivalry game. They came out attacking, looked dangerous, and took the lead in the 21st minute.
All four of Mexico’s entrants advanced – América, Chivas de Guadalajara, Tigres UANL, and Tijuana – and they were joined by three MLS teams and Panama’s Tauro FC.
The complete quarterfinal schedule is as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.
América drew 1-1 with Saprissa in the second leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Round of Sixteen series, which was more than enough to put the Águilas into the quarterfinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.
The Costa Ricans were facing an uphill battle to get back into this series after a 5-1 loss in the first leg, and América gave them no time to do so: the Águilas opened the second-leg scoring in just the first minute of the game.
The new CCL format has done away with the group stage and will be a straight knockout format throughout the competition. The round of sixteen is a home-and-away, two-legged aggregate goals series. Away goals are tiebreakers.
Mexico’s qualifiers are Tigres UANL, América, Tijuana, and Chivas de Guadalajara, and they will be facing, respectively, Costa Rica’s Herediano, Costa Rica’s Saprissa, Honduras’s Motagua, and the Dominican Republic’s Cibao FC.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.