To give themselves a good chance of becoming CONCACAF champions, Toronto needed to win the first leg, and to score a couple of goals in the process to take with them to the second leg in Mexico. However, an early away goal gave Guadalajara the advantage, before they grabbed a second following Osorio’s equaliser in the first half.
Toronto FC 1 (Osorio 19’)
Guadalajara 2 (Pizarro 2’, Pulido 72’)
The game started terribly for Toronto, going behind inside the opening two minutes. Rodolfo Pizarro put the visitors ahead early on, diverting the ball home from a cross from the right wing. The hosts got back into it inside the opening quarter of the match, though, as Jonathan Osorio levelled the game up. The midfielder got on the end of Marky Delgado’s ball across to equalise for Toronto.
Into the second half, and the Canadian side looked to try and get hold of the ball for longer periods. However, they were unable to score. Guadalajara did though. Alan Pulido scored direct from a wide free kick with eighteen minutes to go, giving the Mexican side a second away goal to take back to their place for the second leg.
The second leg takes place next Wednesday in Mexico, with Toronto knowing they will probably have to win by two goals to win the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time.
Written by Matt Coles – (@MattJColes)