Club América vs. Toluca F.C.: A Timeline Of The CONCACAF Champions League Club América is the defending CONCACAF Champions League champion, but this year’s competition has not been easy for them. After qualifying for the competition as Group Stage winners, Club América faced a tough group that included reigning champions and Liga MX champions Toluca. Despite having an impressive home record, Club América was not able to pick up points away from Estadio Azteca, with Toluca taking all three matches by a combined score of 7-1. In the Round of 16, things got even tougher for Club América as they travelled to Mexico City to take on Mexican powerhouse Toluca. Despite trailing at halftime, Club América rallied behind striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to take a 3-2 lead into the second leg. Unfortunately, Toluca blew out Club América 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Peoples’ Stadium and advanced to the semifinals on away goals. Heading into the semifinal against Costa Rican side Saprissa, Club América looked to be
Club América has been one of the most dominant teams in CONCACAF over the years. They have won six titles, including two Champions League titles. Toluca, on the other hand, has only won one title in their history. This infographic provides a timeline of Club América and Toluca’s rivalry in the CONCACAF Champions League. It covers their entire history, from their first meeting all the way until this year’s final. Enjoy!
Club América vs. Toluca F.C.: Pre-Match Hype
As Club America and Toluca prepare to clash in the CONCACAF Champions League, there has been plenty of pre-match hype surrounding both sides. Here’s a timeline of all the major news and events leading up to tonight’s match:
-March 16, 2016: Club America enters the competition as the defending champions and are drawn in Group E alongside Cruz Azul, UNAM and Toluca.
-March 25, 2016: In their first game of the tournament, Club America defeat Cruz Azul 3-0 at Estadio Azteca. Giovani dos Santos scores two goals and Andres Guardado assists on one.
-April 1, 2016: Club America caps off their group stage campaign with a 2-1 victory over UNAM at Estadio Azteca. Angel Zaldivar scores the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute after receiving a pass from Raul Jimenez. Oswaldo Alanis also scores an own goal for UNAM in added time.
-April 6, 2016: In their second group stage game, Club America fall 2-1 away to Toluca at Toluca Stadium. The home side take a first half lead through Javier Aguirre before Jesus Molina equalizes for Los Diablos Rojos just before halftime. However, it is Nicolás Castillo who scores the winner for Toluca in injury time after being set up by Emanuel Herrera.
Club América vs. Toluca F.C.: First Half
The first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals pits Club América against Toluca F.C. The two sides have met in the knockout stages of this competition on three occasions, with the last encounter taking place in the 2009-10 edition when Toluca won on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Mexico City.
Toluca came into this clash with a 2-0 lead from their Liga MX matches and América had to win by two goals or more if they wanted to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1997. Goals from Javier Aquino and Sebastián Castaño gave América a 2-1 victory at Estadio Nemesio Díaz in the opening half, but Toluca produced an improved display in the second half and equalised through José Rodríguez. A miss from Ángel Zabaleta saw Toluca take the lead on 83 minutes and they held on until extra time where Aquino’s stunning free kick won them a penalty shootout. In the end, Toluca emerged as winners thanks to Rodrigo Moreno’s successful shoot-out conversion, sending América home empty handed for the fourth successive year.
Club América vs. Toluca F.C.: Second Half
The second half of Club América’s 2-0 victory over Toluca F.C. in the CONCACAF Champions League featured all of the drama and excitement that was promised, as well as a few surprises along the way.
In the 59th minute, Carlos Salcido got on the end of a wicked cross from Diego Reyes and steered a header past Toluca goalkeeper Moisés Muñoz to give América a two-goal lead. Just three minutes later, Ángel Zaldivar put América up 3-0 with an unstoppable strike from distance.
Toluca finally got on the board in the 85th minute through Édgar Castillo, but it was too little, too late as América walked away with their fourth consecutive CCL title. Here’s a timeline of key moments from this exciting second half:
59′ – Carlos Salcido scores Club America’s first goal of the second half
85′ – Édgar Castillo scores Toluca’s only goal of the second half
Club América vs. Toluca F.C.: Final Score
Club América booked their place in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 0-0 draw against Toluca on Tuesday night. Here is a timeline of the match:
8:00 pm: The match kicks off at Azteca Stadium.
14:30 pm: Toluca attempt to take the lead but fail to score.
45+2 minutes: Club America regain the lead through an own goal from Guillermo Ochoa.
90+4 minutes: With time running out, Toluca manage to pull one back through Raúl Ruidíaz. However, that is as close as they get as Club America are able to hold on for a 0-0 draw.