CONCACAF Champions League – Round of 16 reviews.

Thursdays results:

Cibao (DOM) 0

Guadalajara (MEX) 2 (García 40’, Macias 90+3’)

The debut appearance for a team from the Dominican Republic, in the competition, was not a happy one, as CIbao lost at home to Guadalajara. A goal in either half was enough for the Mexican side to take victory away from the Caribbean island, with Jesús Sánchez García opening the scoring with five minutes to go before the break.

After the interval, both teams made changes to boost their position in the tie, and it was a Guadalajara substitute that did the damage in stoppage time. José Juan Macias scored in the third minute of time added on to double the lead for the Mexican side, and increase their stranglehold on a quarter finals berth. They take two away goals into the second leg, which takes place at Estadio Akron on Wednesday night at 8pm in Mexico, a 1am kickoff in the UK.


Olimpia (HON) 1 (Moya pen 73’)

New York Red Bulls (USA) 1  (Royer 31’)

The pair of Moya and Royer scored on the night, as the New York Red Bulls and Olimpia played out a score draw in Costa Rica. The game had been moved from Honduras, Olimpia’s home nation, due to the political and social situation in the country. Despite that, Olimpia brought several thousand fans to the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, and their enthusiasm paid off in the end.

The Honduran side went behind, when Daniel Royer opened the scoring for the Red Bulls on the half hour mark. It looked like the American side were holding on for a solid victory, but Brayan Moya stepped up to score from the penalty spot to make it 1-1. Tie tie stayed level to the conclusion of the first leg, with the American side taking the advantage back to the Red Bull Arena. The tie takes place on Thursday evening, with an 8pm kickoff on the East Coast of the United States, 1am in the UK.


Santa Tecla (ELS) 2 (Mayen 67’, pen 76’)

Seattle Sounders (USA) 1 (Lodiero 15’)

Despite going behind, Santa Tecla got a huge victory over the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie in the CCL. The 2016 MLS Cup Champions took the lead after a quarter of an hour, through Nicolas Lodeiro’s strike, a lead they would hold well into the second half. The Salvadoran side got back into it through Gerson Mayen, however.

He equalised in the 67th minute, before putting Santa Tecla in front ten minutes later, his second coming from the penalty spot. The Salvadoran side now have a great chance of qualifying for the quarter finals in the second leg at CenturyLink Field next week. The two sides meet again on Thursday night, with a 7pm kickoff on the West Coast. For British fans, that is a 3am kickoff.

Wednesday’s results:

Saprissa (CRC) 1 (Rodríguez 74’)

Club América (MEX) 5 (Domínguez 2’,45’, Uribe 35’,79’, Ibarra 59’)

Club América took an early lead in Costa Rica on Wednesday night, and never looked like letting go of it. Cecilio Domínguez scored after just two minutes to get the ball rolling for the Mexican side. Saprissa were then forced into an early change, as David Ramirez came off injured, replaced by Ariel Rodríguez. However, the score was 3-0 before the break, as Mateus Uribe doubled the lead, before Domínguez got his second of the game on the stroke of half time.

On the hour mark, Renato Ibarra made it a four goal lead, before Saprissa finally got one back with quarter of an hour to go. Ariel Rodríguez, the first half substitute, scored the Costa Rican side’s only goal of the game. Uribe got his second for the visitors late on, to make it a 5-1 victory for Club América in the end. With ten CCL trophies between the two sides, a major player in the tournament was always going to exit at this early stage, and it already looks like Saprissa are out. They need a huge turnaround in Mexico on Wednesday night, with the game kicking off at 3am in the UK, a 10pm start in Mexico.


Tauro (PAN) 1 (Aguilar 57’)

FC Dallas (USA) 0

After missing out on the MLS playoffs in 2017, FC Dallas’ 2018 season started off badly here. They went down to a single second half goal in Panama on Wednesday evening. Edwin Aguilar got the goal just before the hour mark to put Tauro in front, a lead they would not relinquish on the night. Despite their best efforts, FC Dallas will host the Panamanian side at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Wednesday night, knowing they will probably have to win by two to make sure away goals do not come into play. The game kicks off at 8pm in Texas, with a 1am kick off in the UK.


Motagua (HON) 0

Tijuana (MEX) 1 (Rivero 71’)

Both teams had to travel for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie, as the political and social situation in Honduras meant it was unsafe to play the game there. Instead, they played in Texas, and Tijuana got the victory, and a crucial away goal, as well. They were hindered before the half hour mark, when an injury forced Julio Angulo to come on for Victor Malcorra.

However, it would be Angulo that assisted the only goal of the game, setting up Ignacio Rivero to make it 1-0 to the Mexican side with twenty minutes to play. Tijuana held on for the victory, and will take a one goal lead back to Mexico for the second leg, which takes place at Estadio Caliente on Tuesday night, a 3am kickoff on Wednesday morning for the British fans.


The first legs of the Round of 16 ties took place this week, with the sixteen sides looking to advance to the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. On Tuesday evening, there was a miracle late comeback, and a comfortable away victory.

Herediano (CRC) 2 (Ruiz pen 90’, Arrieta 90+3’)

Tigres UANL (MEX) 2 (Meza 14’, Zelarayan 58’)

Herediano staged a miraculous comeback from two goals down in the dying minutes to secure a draw in the first leg of their tie against Tigres UANL. The Mexican side went in front early, as Timothee Kolodziejczak set up Francisco Meza for the opening goal. Herediano then had to make an early change, as injury forced Júnior Diaz off the field, replaced by Yendrick Ruiz. Tigers brought on Eduardo Vargas for Enner Valencia at half-time as they looked to go on the attack in the second half.

It worked for the visitors, as they doubled their lead before the hour mark. Jürgen Damm fed Lucas Zelarayán, and the midfielder made it 2-0. However, the game was far from over, as Herediano got one back on the 90-minute mark. Yendrick Ruiz scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 to Tigres, but there was even more drama. The hosts levelled the game three minutes into stoppage time, as Allan Enzo Cruz Leal set up Jairo Arrieta for the equaliser, to give the Costa Rican side a chance in the second leg.

The teams will travel to Mexico for the second leg next Tuesday evening, with Tigres UANL having two crucial away goals in their pocket. The Estadio Universitario will host the second leg, which kicks off at 7pm EST, a 1am kickoff in the UK on Wednesday morning.


Colorado Rapids (USA) 0

Toronto FC (CAN) 2 (Osorio 55’, Giovinco 73’)

The Rapids may have won three of the last five meetings between these two sides, but Toronto FC carried on their treble-winning form of 2017 to secure a comfortable victory in Colorado. After a relatively quiet first half, with the only incident being the booking of Colorado’s Jack Price, Toronto took the lead ten minutes into the second stanza. Sebastian Giovinco was the man to assist Jonathan Osorio. He would then become goalscorer for the second, as the Italian got his campaign underway with a goal.

Toronto will take a two goal lead into the return leg back at BMO Field in Canada, with the game being played on Tuesday evening at 8pm EST, another 1am kickoff on Wednesday for UK fans.


Written by Matt Coles. (@MattJColes)


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