On October 28 at the BBVA Bancomer Stadium, Rayados and América will meet in the grand final of the CONCACAF Champions League, the first time they meet in a final of said contest, but they also have a short history of rivalry in the history of the championship.
This will be only the third time that they will meet in the history of the championship, having as a precedent that neither of them has fallen in a final, so one of the two will lose the quality of undefeated in that phase.
For the royal team it will be the fifth final that I dispute and for the azulcrema history the eighth. The Gang prevailed over Real salt lake in 2011, to Santos Laguna in 2012 and 2013 already Tigers in 2019. Already in the case of those from Coapa, they defeated the Robin Hood in 1977, at Defense Force in 1987, to Pinewood of the river in 1990, Alajuelense in 1992, Toluca in 2006, to Montreal Impact in 2015 already Tigers in 2016.
On the other hand, the only time both clubs met in the tournament was when it is still called CONCACAF Champions Cup, in the 1987 edition, which just ended with the coronation of the Eagles at Aztec stadium.
On that occasion, to qualify for the last round, they had to play by zones: North American, Central American and from Caribbean. The capitalists advanced because the Saint Peter Yugoslavs of the United States left, while Monterrey won 4-1 aggregate at Saint Louis Kutis, also from the United States.
Subsequently, the North Zone was measured with the Central American. America pitched 4-3 overall to Saprissa from Costa Rica and Striped surpassed 3-2 overall at Olympia Honduras, advancing the two to the Second Round to find who would meet the Caribbean club in the final.
The first leg was held in the Colossus of Santa Úrsula, leaving an exciting 3-3 draw. The brazilian Mario de Souza ‘Bahia’ opened the blackboard in favor of the visitors, but Carlos Hermosillo placeholder image came back with a double, although Francisco ‘The Grandfather’ Cruz he equaled the actions before the end of the first half. Again the royals hit the complement through Francisco Romero, more Robinson Hernandez left everything matched.
For the return, the extinct Technological Stadium presented a large attendance of 36 thousand spectators. Despite the locality, The gang could not take advantage and at 82, The Big Man from Cerro Azul put the 3-4 aggregate and finally, at minute 89, the forward reappeared to give the ticket to the azulcremas, who in the end defeated the Defense Force from Trinidad and Tobago to lift the trophy.
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