The Toluca vs Cruz Azul CONCACAF Champions League 2013-2014 grand finale will be played this Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (5:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Nemesio Diez. ‘Diablos rojos’ and ‘cementeros’ tied in the first leg 0-0, which will make the second leg into an intense final. The winner of the competition will not only have the honor of being named the best team in the CONCACAF region, but it will also have the right to compete in this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.
Toluca and Cruz Azul played an exciting first leg match, although both were unable to get on the score sheet. While the aggregate is currently 0-0, that favor Cruz Azul because if they tie in Toluca with a score with goals, then the cementeros win the championship thanks to the away goal rule.
Toluca goes into this match with the confidence that playing at home will give them the upper-hand to win the game. The team coached by Jose Saturnino Cardozo has been a righteous finalist, as they have performed with great form throughout the tournament. In order to win the final, the Diablos will have to play intelligently on defense, although they must focus on the attack as this game will require goals.
Cruz Azul goes into the final excited with the idea of being crowned champions, yet nervous knowing that they are referred as the ‘sub-campeonisimo’. That refers to them being regulars in finals, but never being able to win them (although they recently won the Copa MX in the Clausura 2013). To win this game, the team coached by Luis Fernando Tena must either win on the aggregate score, tie the game with goals, or end the match 0-0 but win on a penalty shootout.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul Prediction
The Toluca vs Cruz Azul Concachampions final will be an outstanding match between the current best two teams in Mexico. Toluca is slightly favored to win as they are the home team, although Cruz Azul has some advantage in the away-goal rule. This game will have both sides playing defensively, but goals need to be scored and the visitors will be crowned CONCACAF champions. The Toluca vs Cruz Azul match will end 1-2 in favor of the cementeros.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul TV Schedule
The Toluca vs Cruz Azul match will be televised on UniMas and FOX Sports 1 at 5:00 PM Pacific.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul Highlights
The Toluca vs Cruz Azul video highlights will be uploaded soon after the end of the match.