Toronto FC makes CONCACAF Champions League final with 4-2 aggregate win
- Autor: Buena Jesus Abr 13, 2018,
Abr 13, 2018, 10:14
Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono made several impressive saves, starting in the 27th minute, when he got a single hand to a sharp header from Club América midfielder Alex Ibarra, deflecting the ball wide of the net.
The Concacaf Champions League has notoriously proven a tough nut to crack for Major League Soccer clubs down the years.
The disciplinary committee reviewed an incident that took place in the 84th minute.
Bono charged forward to put his body on a cross in the 77th minute, getting to the ball before a hard-charging Club América forward.
Toronto hosted the first leg in wins over Tigres in the quarterfinals and America in the semifinals. The winner is the team with the most goals scored away from home.
The Red Bulls racked up 20 shots on the night to just one for the Liga MX side, but couldn't make their efforts count, with Chivas narrowly edging the result. Tosaint Ricketts burst on to a wonderful lofted through ball from Sebastian Giovinco before unselfishly teeing up Osorio to tap home. The 23-year-old shot-stopper was again called into action in the 64th minute, putting up a hand to stop a header from Alejandro Diaz.
Guadalajara - 1962 champions - won the opening leg 1-0 on home soil and they managed to grind out a scoreless stalemate - keeping the Red Bulls scoreless for 180 minutes. His presence made a difference in the 80th minute when he stopped a potential breakaway from Diaz.
In the 18th minute, the Red Bulls had a scoring chance when Daniel Royer slid a pass into the box to Kemar Lawrence, who just missed connecting with the pass. His shot was blocked by Toronto F.C.'s wall. It was Osorio's third goal of the Champions League tournament.
With the semifinal victory, Chivas advances to the final, where it will meet either the MLS's Toronto FC or Club America, which faced off later Tuesday in Mexico City.