Ecuadorian Bryan Angulo scored an elegant goal in the 28th minute to hit the cross
Blue Mexican a 1-0 win over the Toronto
FC, with which he qualified for the semifinals of the Champions League of the Concacaf.
The Blue of Peruvian coach Juan Reynoso had won the first leg 1-3 and ended the series in their favor 4-1.
After losing the first leg by two goals, coach Chris Armas’ Toronto owned the game in the opening minutes, in which, based on speed, they won most of the ball disputes.
In the 7th minute Jonathan Osorio was close to opening the scoring in favor of the Canadians, but Adrián Aldrete saved the Blues, who were in trouble again in the 25th with an arrival in the area of Ayo Akinola, stopped by goalkeeper José de Jesus Crown.
In a play from a Corona clearance, the celestes took advantage with a beautiful goal from Angulo, who shot from behind and put the ball in the net over goalkeeper Alex Bono.
Cruz Azul took over the game and stopped the offensive of the visitors, with the spirit hurt after being against.
In the second half the Canadians paid the bill for having started so intense at 2,240 meters above sea. They showed fatigue and no longer created danger against a Cruz Azul who controlled the game without doing much to score a second goal.
In the semifinals, which will begin in the second week of August, the Blues will face the best between Monterrey of Mexico and the Columbus Crew of the MLS, who will decide this Wednesday the series tied 2-2.
1 – Blue Cross: Jesús Corona; Ignacio Rivero, Juan Escobar, Pablo Aguilar, Adrián Aldrete (Julio C. Domínguez m.73); Rafael Baca, Walter Montoya (Elías Hernández m.66), Luis Romo, Yoshimar Yotún (José Martínez m.55); Roberto Alvarado (Guillermo Fernández m.55), Bryan Angulo (Jonathan Rodríguez m.66).
Coach: Juan Reynoso.
0 – Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Chris Mavinga (Auro Junior m.46), Justin Morrow; Mark Delgado, Michael Bradley, Nick de León (Noble Okello m.68), Jonathan Osorio (Tsubasa Endoh m.46); Jacob Shaffelburg (Patrick Mullins m.68), Ayo Akinola (Ralph Priso m.82).
Coach: Chris Armas.
Goal: 1-0, Bryan Angulo (m. 28)
Referee: Said Martínez, from Honduras. He admonished Richie Laryea and Roberto Alvarado.
Incidents: Second leg of the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League, held at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, 2,240 meters above sea level.