This is the first edition of the new tournament format, which has done away with the group stage and will be a straight knockout format throughout the competition. The changes also mean the Champions League will be held entirely in the same calendar year, rather than the split format that had been used in the past.
Pachuca won their fifth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) victory against Tigres UANL in the 2016-17 CCL final.
The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for tonight; Pachuca had the slight advantage of an away goal, meaning that it was Tigres who were obligated to score tonight. Although the Tuzos had the better of the run of play for most of the first half, the universitarios found two very good chances, both through André-Pierre Gignac.
The first leg, which Tigres hosted, finished 1-1, which leaves the second leg as a winner-takes-all affair. If they tie again, a 0-0 draw would give Pachuca the title, a 1-1 draw would send it to extra time, and a draw with two goals or more would crown Tigres.
The Tuzos are seeking their fifth CCL title, while the universitarios are looking for their first.
The incident occurred in the 17th minute, when Pizarro and Pachuca’s Óscar Murillo contested an aerial ball. Pizarro returned to the game after treatment but was eventually subbed out in the 56th minute.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League is just two games away from its conclusion, and for the 12th straight year, the tournament winner will be a Mexican team; the last non-Mexican team to lift the trophy was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.
This year’s CCL final pits Tigres UANL against Pachuca.
The Tuzos have reached the final four times, and they have won each time, in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009-10. Tigres UANL has never won; they reached the final last year, in the 2015-16 edition, but fell 4-1 to América.
The Canadians needed to overcome a 2-0 first-leg loss to advance in this semifinal series, and they were able to reduce that aggregate deficit in just the 3rd minute. Brek Shea finished off a loose ball following a corner kick to make it 1-0 (1-2) for the Whitecaps.
Pachuca scored a stoppage-time goal to beat FC Dallas 3-1 in the second leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which puts the Tuzos through to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Pachuca came out looking to overturn the first-leg deficit in front of a packed house in the Estadio Hidalgo – where the Tuzos are in the midst of a long unbeaten streak in both CCL and league play. The game quickly lost its rhythm, however, with numerous fouls interrupting the flow of the game.
The two semifinal series pit Liga MX vs MLS, and in the first legs FC Dallas earned a 2-1 victory over Pachuca while Tigres UANL beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.
The first finalist will be determined on Tuesday, when Pachuca hosts Dallas. The Tuzos need to win to advance – 1-0 will do it, but if Dallas scores, Pachuca will need to win by two. The MLS side will move on with a win or draw, while a 2-1 Pachuca win would send the series to extra time.
The game had started perfectly for the visitors, with the Tuzos taking the lead in just the third minute. Erick Aguirre got free on the left, drove into the box, and cut the ball back towards the center. Franco Jara brought the ball down and sent it in off the post to make it 0-1 for Pachuca early on.