Historic Sixth Title for Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League
The current Liga MX league leaders Cruz Azul are crowned CONCACAF Champions League champions over the current second placed (in Liga MX) Toluca after a 1-1 draw in the Nemezio Diez Stadium which gave Cruz Azul the edge on the away goal rule.
The Mexico City giants Cruz Azul reach the summit of CONCACAF for the sixth time in club history, making them the most successful team in the region. With this title Cruz Azul go on top of local city rivals Club America who were tied with them on five championships.
A Mariano Pavone goal late in the first half was all that the visitors needed to see out their advantage throughout the entire second half. Toluca who were in need of two goals to beat out Cruz Azul at that point were able to find one in the 62nd minute through Edgar Benitez.
As with any Cruz Azul affair the ghost of their past seemed to be looming over, Toluca were just one goal away from leaving Cruz Azul in the runners-up podium and pushed forward with everything they had in search of it. Cruz Azul decided to sit back and protect their lead.
The late chances that Toluca had, produced some late dramatics for the match.
In the end, home side Toluca were not able to find the winning goal and Cruz Azul were able to hang on and lift the trophy.
An emotional Christian "Chaco" Gimenez told Univision Deportes TV reporter Rodolfo Landeros "It is for the people. One suffers a lot getting to so many finals and not winning." mentioned Gimenez "It is a heavy burden to carry because it is a big club."
Cruz Azul are now guaranteed a spot in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup that will be held in Morocco in December.