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The four Mexican sides in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League – Club America, Tigres UANL, Santos Laguna, and Queretaro – have all enjoyed a strong start to the group stage.
Mexican sides enjoy strong start in CONCACAF Champions League
08/19/2015
 
Alfonso Zamora, Tigres

By Dan Price


The four Mexican sides in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League – Club America, Tigres UANL, Santos Laguna, and Queretaro – have all enjoyed a strong start to the group stage.


The current record for Liga MX sides reads played five, won four, drawn one, lost none. The only blemish is Queretaro’s 0-0 draw with Belizean side Hankook Verdes on Tuesday night.


Tigres almost slipped up and lost against El Salvador’s biggest side Isidro Metapan, but were ultimately saved by two late goals.


Here’s our round up of the week’s action:


Tigres UANL 2-1 Isidro Metapan (SAL)

Antonio Briseño, Tigres

Tigres might have won the game, but there was no hiding the fact that their performance was woeful.


They fell behind after some shocking defending allowed Antonio Rugamas to grab the first goal inside five minutes, and thereafter struggled to find any sort of rhythm. They rarely troubled Hernandez in the Metapan goal, with Guerron missing a second half penalty.


Only Alonso Zamora’s late brace saved them from what would have been their second defeat in CONCACAF Champions League history.


With the likes of Duenas, Damian, Arevalo, Guerron, Lugo, and Esqueda all on the pitch, the fans could have expected more. They will need to improve quickly if they have ambitions of making it to the latter phases.

Hankook Verdes (BEL) 0-0 Queretaro

Querétaro

Like Tigres, Queretaro should have done more with the talent that was on the pitch. Danilinho, Bornstein, Sinha, Madrigal, and Benitez all played, and they should have comfortably brushed aside the Belizean champions.


Perhaps it was the emotion of the occasion that carried the hosts through. It was the first time in CONCACAF Champions League history that Belize had hosted a game, having been excluded in every past edition due to not have a stadium that met CONCACAF requirements. Hankook were allowed to participate back in 2008, but had to play their qualifier in Nicaragua in a game which they promptly lost 12-0 to Cruz Azul.


The result leaves Queretaro top of Group C with four points. Next up is a trip to Panama to play San Francisco.

Club America vs Walter Ferreti (NIC) (Wednesday, 10pm EDT)

Club America

With Santos Laguna not playing this week, the last remaining tie involving Mexican sides is America’s home game against reigning Panama champions Walter Ferreti on Wednesday evening.


In truth, the visitors are unlikely to cause Ambriz’s men many problems, and anything other than a easy win would be a major shock.


America will probably name a strong starting eleven in a bid to make sure they take maximum points, thus providing themselves with some freedom in the two away games still to come. In their opening day 4-0 win over Honduran side Motagua, Benedetto, Peralta, Sambueza, Arroyo and the two Aguilars all played.


A win for America would all but assure them of a place in the next round, even at this early stage. They would move onto six points, with both Motagua and Walter Ferreti stuck on zero.

 
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