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2020 CCL Quarterfinal First Legs – Where to Watch

The quarterfinals of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League get underway this week, and three of Mexico’s four entrants remain in the competition.

León was eliminated in the round of sixteen after falling to LAFC 3-2 on aggregate; Tigres UANL, América, and Cruz Azul are still in contention, and they’ll all be facing Major League Soccer teams in the quarterfinals.

Cruz Azul will take on LAFC, Tigres will face NYCFC, and América was drawn against Atlanta United. The Águilas will start their series at home, while both La Máquina and the Universitarios will be away for their first legs.

The knockout rounds consist of two-legged, home-and-away series, with the winner determined by aggregate score. Away goals are tiebreakers.

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Club World Cup: Kashima Antlers vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Recap and Highlights

2018 FIFA Club World Cup.pngChivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 3-2 to Kashima Antlers in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals.

The CONCACAF champions got their Club World Cup debut off to a great start as they took the lead in just the third minute. Isaác Brizuela sent in a dangerous cross for Ángel Zaldívar, who headed it into the net to make it 0-1 for Chivas.

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Club World Cup: Kashima Antlers vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Where to Watch

2018 FIFA Club World Cup.pngThe 2018 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara, will begin their participation this Saturday.


Chivas will face Japan’s Kashima Antlers, the AFC champions, in the quarterfinal round.  Regardless of the outcome, Chivas will have at least one more game in the tournament: either advancing to the semifinals to take on UEFA champion Real Madrid or facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, between Espérance de Tunis and Al Ain, in the fifth-place match.

This is Guadalajara’s first appearance in the Club World Cup, while Kashima Antlers are participating in the tournament for the second time after previously reaching the final in the 2016 edition, where they ultimately lost to Real Madrid in extra time.

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CCL: Santos Laguna vs LA Galaxy – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsAfter a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Santos Laguna looked like the most likely Liga MX team to get knocked out of the quarterfinals. Instead, the Laguneros ran roughshod over the LA Galaxy, earning a 4-0 victory that comfortably put them into the semifinals of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

The return of Djaniny from injury gave Santos an edge they’ve been missing, and the Cape Verde international could have opened the scoring in the very first minute. Then, in the sixth minute, Néstor Araujo saw his header cleared off the line by Giovani dos Santos following a corner kick.  Continue reading

CCL: LA Galaxy vs Santos Laguna – Quarterfinal First Leg Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsNeither the LA Galaxy nor Santos Laguna could find the breakthrough as they settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, a result which leaves the tie delicately balanced ahead of next week’s crucial second leg.

The Galaxy had two chances to take the lead in the opening minutes, but Agustín Marchesín came up with two big saves to deny the hosts, most notably stopping Jelle van Damme’s header following a corner kick. As time wore on, Santos got more and more into the game and began to create chances of their own, but Dan Kennedy was equally up to the task in LA’s goal. Continue reading

CCL: Tigres UANL vs Real Salt Lake – Quarterfinal First Leg Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsDespite missing a penalty kick, Tigres UANL did enough to defeat Real Salt Lake 2-0 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. The result gives Tigres a comfortable advantage in the series, particularly since RSL was unable to find any away goals.

The hosts had several chances to take the lead in the first half, but a combination of poor finishing and some good saves by Nick Rimando kept them off the board. When the universitarios were awarded a penalty kick in the final moments of the half for a handball in the box by Kyle Beckerman, it seemed like Tigres would finally find the breakthrough.
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Cruz Azul vs Western Sydney Wanderers – FIFA Club World Cup

club world cup logoCruz Azul made their Club World Cup debut in the pouring rain in Rabat, Morocco, against Asian champions Western Sydney Wanderers. La Máquina needed an 89th-minute penalty kick to equalize and send the game to extra time, where they rallied for a 3-1 win against an Australian team that was reduced to nine men.

The field wasn’t in the best condition to begin with, and the rain made matters much worse. It took the teams a while to adjust to the conditions as best they could. Western Sydney had the first good chance of the game, when Matthew Spiranovic’s header forced a save out of Jesús Corona in the 11th minute, but Cruz Azul responded through Marco Fabián, who sent a powerful shot just wide of the post.

Possession was evenly split in the first half, but it was the CONCACAF champions who controlled play. Nevertheless, they had nothing to show for it and the teams went into halftime 0-0.

Cruz Azul continued to control the game in the second half, despite the weather and field conditions, but the Wanderers were able to capitalize on one of their few chances. A poor clearance fell to Iacopo La Rocca, whose strike from 25 yards out found the corner to give Wanderers the 1-0 lead, against the run of play, in the 65th minute.

Cruz Azul immediately went looking for an equalizer, and they were helped by Spiranovic picking up his second yellow card of the game in the 73rd minute. With the man advantage, Cruz Azul dominated the game further and they mercilessly peppered goalkeeper Ante Covic, who kept his side in the game with a string of fine saves.

When Marco Fabián was fouled in the box by Shannon Cole in the dying moments of the game, Cruz Azul was given an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot. Gerardo Torrado stepped up for La Máquina and sent his spot kick past Covic to send the game to extra time.

Wanderers’ captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was then sent off in extra time in a bit of a comedy of errors type situation; a 57th minute foul committed by Seyi Adeleke had gone into the book under Topor-Stanley’s name. He hadn’t realized the error at the time, and was then sent off after picking up what he thought was his first yellow card of the game.

Down to nine men, Wanderers were unable to withstand the continued onslaught of Cruz Azul, who went in front in the 108th minute through Mariano Pavone. A late handball by Mateo Poljak gave La Máquina a second penalty kick in the 118th minute. Torrado converted it for his second goal of the match.

With the 3-1 win, Cruz Azul advances to the semifinals to face Real Madrid, while Western Sydney Wanderers will contest the fifth-place match against ES Sétif.



Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Fausto Pinto (Ismael Valadéz 78′), Francisco Rodíguez, Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Torrado, Mariano Pavone, Mauro Formica, Xavier Baez (Joao Rojas 69′), Gerardo Flores, Marco Fabián, Christian Giménez.

Western Sydney Wanderers: Ante Covic, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Brendan Hamill, Labinot Haliti (Tomi Juric 68′), Mateo Poljak, Nikita Rukavytsya, Iacopo La Rocca, Matthew Sprianovic, Romeo Castelen (Shannon Cole 78′), Mark Bridge, Seyi Adeleke (Antony Golec 72′).