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 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League champion will be crowned this Wednesday as Pachuca and Tigres UANL play out the second leg of their final series.
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.
In the Clausura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in four and gives them a sixth consecutive home win, while the universitarios saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The Clásico was hard-fought from the opening whistle, but both teams seemed more concerned with stopping the other than with mounting their own incisive attacks. There was controversy in the 27th minute, when Juninho used his arm to block a cross from José María Basanta, but referee Roberto García Orozco declined to call a penalty.
The dates and location for the 2017 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games have been announced, and for the second consecutive year the doubleheader will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the home of the LA Galaxy.
The games are scheduled for Sunday, July 16th, and tickets are available to the general public from www.axs.com and www.stubhubcenter.com beginning on April 20th.
A hard head-to-head collision in Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League final first leg left Tigres UANL’s Guido Pizarro with a broken nose.
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.
In the first leg of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final, Tigres UANL and Pachuca drew 1-1, which leaves this series delicately balanced ahead of next week’s decisive second leg.
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.
Tigres UANL extended their winning streak to two games with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Pumas UNAM. The result leaves Pumas winless in three.
Tigres dominated the game from the beginning, and their pressure paid off in the 14th minute, when Ismael Sosa made it 1-0 for the hosts. He received the ball at the top of the box, ran behind the defense, and sent his shot into the back of the net.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Necaxa. The result keeps Necaxa winless in six while the universitarios are now winless in three – but unbeaten on the road in four.
The visitors took the lead early on from a set piece. In the 15th minute, Francisco Meza finished off a corner kick to make it 0-1 for Tigres. After taking the lead, Tigres pressed for another goal, but Necaxa’s defense was able to keep them out.