By Dan Price
The CONCACAF Champions League and the Copa MX take centre stage in Mexico this week.
Santos have already played and won their continental game, Tigres travel to El Salvador on Thursday, while on
the domestic front all eyes are on Chivas to see if they can make it to the quarter-finals.
Santos Laguna win, Queretaro saved
Two weeks ago, it was all doom and gloom for the Mexican sides in the Champions League. Santos Laguna’s progression was in doubt after a 2-1 defeat in Costa Rica against Deportivo Saprissa, Queretaro had lost 2-1 to
Panama’s San Francisco, and Tigres had stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Herediano.
Fast forward to today, and the situation looks a lot rosier. Belize’s Hankook Verdes beat San Francisco in Group C to virtually guarantee Queretaro a place in the next round and Santos beat Trinidad and Tobago’s W
Connection 1-0 to put themselves back in contention in Group A.
Despite their 8-0 loss to Queretaro last week, the Belizean minnows are rapidly establishing themselves as the stars of this season’s tournament. Their two home games (the first to be played in Belize in recent years due to infrastructure inadequacies) have yielded four points, and they could yet come joint first with Queretaro – only
being denied a place in the quarter finals on goal difference.
Santos had a second minute goal from Andreas Renteria to thank for their win. It moves them into second place and onto six points – level with leaders Deportivo Saprissa. Both sides have a +4 goal difference, meaning next week’s final group game between the two at the Estadio Nuevo Corona will decide who progresses.