Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 1-0 victory against the 10-man New York Red Bulls in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.
After a fairly even start to the game, Chivas took the lead thanks to a defensive miscue. Tyler Adams turned the ball over near midfield as he tried to play out of the box, with Rodolfo Pizarro quickly countering; he laid the ball off for Isaác Brizuela, who slid it into the lower corner to make it 1-0 in the 26th minute.
Toronto FC picked up a 3-1 victory against América in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on a cold, rainy night at BMO Field.
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.
It took extra time, but in the end Grêmio earned a 1-0 victory against 10-man Pachuca in the 2017 Club World Cup semifinals.
The game was hard-fought from the beginning as both teams looked to make their mark. Chances were few and far between, however, with a strong defensive showing on either end limiting both Pachuca and Grêmio largely to shots from distance.
The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will continue their participation this Tuesday.
Pachuca advanced past CAF representative Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory in extra time, and they will now take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio, who is entering the tournament in this round.
Monterrey earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia in the second leg of their semifinal series to put the Rayados into the Gran Final with a 5-0 aggregate win.
It didn’t take the Rayados long to add to their aggregate lead, with Monterrey making it 1-0 (2-0) in just the 9th minute. Hugo González sent a long clearance to Rogelio Funes Mori, who let the ball bounce and then sent his volleyed shot past Sebastián Sosa.
Tigres UANL earned a 3-0 win against nine-man América in the second leg of their semifinal series to put the universitarios into the Gran Final with a 4-0 aggregate win. This will be Tigres’ third straight appearance in the final.
América came out attacking as they looked to overturn the first-leg deficit, but it was the hosts who always looked more likely to open the scoring. Tigres hit the woodwork twice, through Enner Valencia and André-Pierre Gignac, but neither team was able to find the breakthrough in the first half.