The first matches in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League went down on Tuesday night with two very contrasting results. On one side, a juggernaut got a predictable result, while the other match had a major upset alert in the making.
Take a look at how the teams did…
Leg 1: Club América 4, Tauro 0
There were no upsets for América on Tuesday night, as they took apart the Panamanian side who came in with high hopes. After taking down FC Dallas, many thought Tauro had a chance to do the same against Club América, yet, it was not going to happen on ‘Piojo’ Herrera’s watch.
Joe Corona opened the scoring in the first half, and despite a slow game, América turned on the jets in the second half. The Mexican side put away three goals in ten minutes between the 71st and 81st minute. It was just too much firepower, and Herrera’s changes proved to be the difference.
Leg 1: New York Red Bulls 2, Tijuana Xolos 0
If there’s one team who needed to prove to their fans that they were to be taken seriously, it was Tijuana Xolos. A boring and unconvincing advancement past Motagua was a bit of cause for concern. However, most thought that they’d turn things up once they got to face NYRB. New York, though, didn’t waste any time, and Bradley Wright-Philips put the road team on the board in just the 9th minute.
To their credit, Xolos definitely had some great chances, even having a goal taken back which looked to be a legit onside goal. Yet, NYRB took advantage of their desperation and Wright-Philips scored a beautiful goal in the 67th minute to extend their lead.
Not all is lost for Xolos, as Liga MX teams have had big comebacks in the previous editions, however, their form and chemistry looks too out of sorts to even expect a comeback to happen next week while on the road.