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Concacaf Champions League: Toronto face Chivas in revamped 2-leg final

Toronto FC’s Auro left tracks Club America’s Andres Ibarguen at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City Toronto FC’s Auro left tracks Club America’s Andres Ibarguen at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City
Melinda Barton | 12 April, 2018, 04:17

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. The Canadians joined CD Guadalajara after the Mexican side visited the Red Bull Arena and kept their 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

Chivas overcame the New York Red Bulls in New York 1-0 to qualify.

And the home side was almost on the scoresheet inside of 10 minutes when a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot from close range was blocked and Tim Parker pushed his shot wide of the far post from the rebound.

Missing the playmaking Vazquez became an issue early as striker Jozy Altidore went down in the seventh minute with an injury.

However, Toronto were not overawed as Osorio opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Sebastian Giovinco delivered and substitute Tosaint Ricketts played in the former.

And more than 3,000 miles away, in Harrison, New Jersey, trouble also erupted in the stands during the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

From there, it was all America with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono making a handful of stunning saves to deny the home team a goal. It was Osorio's third goal of the Champions League tournament.

As the game wore on Toronto captain Michael Bradley sank further and further back, helping to shore up TFC's defence as much as he could.

Club América had a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 84th minute, with goalkeeper Agustin Marchesín coming up to take the shot so his teammates to load up the box.