The game started off somewhat slowly, with both teams playing conservatively as they adjusted to the field. The Tuzos had several good attacking forays, but neither team created many truly dangerous opportunities.
Pachuca will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio and the loser facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, Al-Jazira vs Urawa Red Diamonds, in the fifth-place match.
This is Pachuca’s fourth appearance in the Club World Cup, having previously participated in 2007, 2008, and 2010; the Tuzos’ best showing came in 2010, when they finished fourth.
Wydad Casablanca is participating in the tournament for the first time.
All times Eastern.
Club World Cup – Quarterfinals
Saturday, December 9
Pachuca (MEX) vs Wydad Casablanca (MOR) – 8:00 AM – Telemundo / En Vivo Extra
In the second leg of their Clásico Joven quarterfinal series, América and Cruz Azul once again played out a high-intensity but goalless draw. With the aggregate stubbornly remaining 0-0, América advanced due to the higher seed tiebreaker.
Cruz Azul traveled to the Estadio Azteca obligated to score; a draw would be enough for them so long as they managed an away goal. La Máquina had chances, with Francisco Silva sending a free kick towards the upper left corner, only for Guido Rodríguez to head the ball clear. Later, Felipe Mora forced a good save out of Agustín Marchesín with his point-blank header.
Monterrey was in the driver’s seat going into this game, with a first leg victory, two away goals, and their status as the higher seed. Atlas needed to score early to give themselves hope of mounting a comeback and they had a chance in the second minute from a corner kick, but Jaine Barreiro couldn’t put his attempt on frame.
Monarcas Morelia overturned a first-leg deficit as they beat Toluca 2-1 in tonight’s second leg. With the series tied 3-3 on aggregate and away goals level at one each, Morelia advanced as the higher seed.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, with Fernando Uribe running on to a long pass and beating Sebastián Sosa to make it 0-1 (1-3) for Toluca in just the 4th minute.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. That draw was all they needed however; with the aggregate tied 2-2, and away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
León started the game off well and they had the first good chance of the game through Álvaro Ramos, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save. Tigres had several early chances as well, with André-Pierre Gignac looking particularly dangerous.
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of a series, the higher seed will advance.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
The superlíderes took the lead early on. Javier Salas stopped an attack by Rogelio Funes Mori, but then lost the ball to Dorlan Pabón. He returned the ball to Funes Mori, who made it 0-1 for Monterrey in the 4th minute.
Cruz Azul’s first good chance came in the 17th minute, when Gerry Flores and Édgar Mendez combined on the right. The Spaniard sent a low ball back towards the top of the box for Francisco Silva, but he couldn’t get the power on his shot and Agustín Marchesín easily scooped up the ball.
The visiting Tigres had the better of the chances in the first half, with André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas trying their luck, but the universitarios didn’t really threaten William Yarbrough’s goal.