Toronto in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals despite 2-3 loss to Tigres

    14 de marzo de 2018

    Monterrey, Mexico, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- Major League Soccer champions Toronto FC on Tuesday lost 2-3 to Mexican champions Tigres in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal but managed to qualify for the semifinals on away goals.

    French player Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a brace (84', 93') for Tigres after a goal by Eduardo Vargas (69') while Toronto benefited from an own-goal by Tigres player Rafael Carioca and a goal by Sebastian Giovinco.

    After winning the first leg at home 2-1, Toronto was tied 4-4 on aggregate but progressed to the next round for scoring two away goals, compared to the one scored by Tigres.

    In their packed home stadium, Tigres started well but a defensive error in the 20th minute helped Toronto mount a counter-attack, although Jozy Altidore failed to score for the visitors.

    The Mexicans made repeated attacks on the Toronto goal in the first half but were thwarted by an alert defense.

    In the second half, Toronto took the lead when Carioca deflected the ball in his own goal in the 64th minute.

    The Mexicans responded with Vargas scoring with a header on a corner in the 69th minute, although Toronto soon extended their lead when Giovinco scored with a stunning free-kick.

    Tigres struck back by two goals by Gignac, the second one on a penalty to win the game but it was not enough to take them to the semifinals.

    It was a good day for MLS teams in the competition as the New York Red Bulls beat Tijuana 3-1 earlier in the day and entered semifinals with an aggregate score of 5-1.

    On Wednesday the Chivas de Guadalajara will play Seattle Sounders, trailing 0-1 after the first leg while Club America is set to visit Panama's Tauro, having beaten the Panamanians 4-0 last week.