Mexican clubs Cruz Azul and Toluca FC won their CONCACAF Champions League games on Thursday as they take steps forward in their adventure to conquer the regional title. Cruz Azul defeated Herediano of Costa Rica 3-0 at the Azul stadium to open the game day. Toluca defeated CD Comunicaciones of Guatemala 2-1 at the Cementos Progreso stadium in Guatemala City.
Guillermo Vasquez did not hold back and sent his primary team to the pitch to go after the win. La maquina celeste was unstoppable on the field reigning on their home turf. After the first goal the visitors fell back to try and prevent any more goals that could harm them. But that was futile as the Maquina Cementera started firing on all cylinders to dominate the game.
Jair Pereira was the first to get on the board in the 31st minute. After giving up control of the pitch to the local side, Herediano was erased from the field.
The second goal of the game came from Argentine Mariano Pavone. Gerardo Torrado finished off scoring in the 45th minute for the final 3-0.
The Costa Rican side didn’t put much of an effort in the second half again giving up control of the pitch and dedicating their energy to defending. The Central Americans only had two shots on goal against Jose de Jesus Corona’s net.
Cruz Azul takes over Group C on goal differential. The Azulinos travel to Haiti to take on Valencia in their next match.
Toluca wins in Guatemala
The red devils traveled to Guatemala City to defeat Comunicaciones 2-1 in their second game in the CONCACAF Champions League. The local side gave up too many spaces to the visiting Mexican squad. The chorizeros knew how to exploit and within minutes were leading the game in a foreign land.
Raul Nava gave another demonstration of why he needs to be in Jose Saturnino Cardozo’s starting XI. He should have more playing time soon in La Liga MX. Nava scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute.
The local squad reacted and scored their goal minutes later. Minor Lopez was able to close the gap to keep the score 1-1.
The game started getting out of the referee’s control with lots of fouls and few bookings. In the 25th minute the local squad committed a penalty. Juan Carlos Cacho shot from the spot to give Toluca the 2-1 win in their second game in CONCACAF action.
In their next game, Toluca will face Caledonia AIA at the Hasley Crawford stadium in Trinidad & Tobago. A victory for the Azulinos practically puts them in the quarterfinals.