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Sports Toronto FC advances on away goals despite second-leg loss to Tigres

10:07  14 march  2018
10:07  14 march  2018 Source:   thestar.com

TFC hopes preparation pays off against Tigres

  TFC hopes preparation pays off against Tigres As Toronto FC prepares for Wednesday's first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres UNAL, the club is hoping time spent in Mexico during the pre-season will provide an advantage. The Reds played two pre-season games in Mexico last month, falling 6-3 to Club America before defeating Cruz Azul 4-1.

Toronto FC ’s Drew Moor, right, battles Tigres UANL’s Andre-Pierre Gignac for the ball during the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final in Monterrey, Mexico. Tigres won the match 3-2 but TFC advanced to the semifinals on away goals .

Toronto FC take down Tigres UANL on away goals and advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.


Much of the the talk leading up to the series between Toronto FC and reigning Liga MX champions Tigres focused on the plight of Major League Soccer teams in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Mexican squads had dominated teams from MLS, winning all nine of the tournaments to date.

That chatter didn’t change despite the Reds heading to Mexico for the second leg of the series with a 2-1 advantage, earned at BMO Field two weeks ago.

But the reigning MLS champions pulled off one of the most impressive victories in the tournament’s history Tuesday night, advancing to the semifinals on away goals despite a wild 3-2 loss in the Monterrey stadium nicknamed “The Volcano”.

Toronto FC not intimidated in wild win over Tigres

  Toronto FC not intimidated in wild win over Tigres Tigres’ big reputation meant little to TFC, though, as it earned a dramatic 2-1 win over Tigres in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final. Canadian Jonathan Osorio was the hero, scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute to send the crowd of 25,587 into a state of frenzy.The second leg of this quarter-final is scheduled for March 13 in Monterrey, Mexico. TFC moves on with a win or a draw. Tigres can advance to the next round with a 1-0 win.

Toronto advanced on away goals , becoming one of two MLS teams to advance to the semi-finals.[29][30]. " Toronto FC advances on away goals despite second - leg loss to Tigres ".

MONTERREY, Mexico - Sebastian Giovinco scored as Toronto FC lost to Mexico’s Tigres UANL 3-2 in a wild game on Tuesday but advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on aggregate goals . Toronto won the opener of the two - leg series 2-1 at BMO Field last Wednesday.

After a tense but largely quiet first half, the game opened up in the second 45 minutes.

Sebastian Giovinco forced a Tigres own goal with a succinct cross in the 62nd minute to open the scoring for Toronto FC, but the home side quickly pulled even on an Eduardo Vargas header off a corner kick a mere seven minutes later.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco celebrates after scoring his team's second goal on a free kick in the second half of their second leg quarter-final match against Tigres UANL in Monterrey, Mexico.© Azael Rodriguez Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco celebrates after scoring his team's second goal on a free kick in the second half of their second leg quarter-final match against Tigres UANL in Monterrey, Mexico.

Giovinco gave the Reds a second — and critical — away goal in the 72nd minute, curling a free kick into the top right-hand corner of goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman’s net from about 30 yards out.

Andre-Pierre Gignac tied things up in the 84th minute and put Tigres ahead after again beating Toronto FC keeper Alex Bono on a penalty in the 93rd to bring the teams level on aggregate.

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Sebastian Giovinco scored as Toronto FC lost to Mexico's Tigres UANL 3-2 in a wild game on Tuesday but advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on aggregate goals . Toronto won the opener of the two - leg series 2-1 at BMO Field last Wednesday.

But the away-goal tiebreaker was enough to advance the Reds to the next round and, coupled with New York Red Bulls’ quarter-final victory over Club Tijuana, marked the first time two MLS teams advanced past Mexican squads in the same competition.

Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday night’s result for Toronto FC:

THE ART OF DEFENCE: The Reds went into the game vowing to not just to sit back and defend, yet Tigres dominated the possession numbers, holding onto the ball for almost 65 per cent of the match. Still, TFC hardly lost focus — or its shape — until it had done enough to ensure it would be advancing, even if there were some sloppy moments — Drew Moor nearly scoring an own goal with seconds left in the first half, and substitute Nick Hagglund flubbing a clearance that lead to the second goal. That mental strength in the face of huge pressure and a loud crowd should serve the Reds well going forward.

Bloated field, the sameness of play lessens the Madness

  Bloated field, the sameness of play lessens the Madness A few little things for early in the week.At its most basic, I think we can all concur that March Madness is not a bad idea, the drama of win-or-go home makes it unique and can provide some compelling stories.I’m sure I’ll see a buzzer-beater or two and get caught up in some game that has Minnow vs. Whale in some unlikely possible upset sometime during the tournament.And if Minnow keeps moving on, that becomes rather compelling and a nice continuing story.But, still …I can make the case that it’s been ruined by NCAA greed, I don’t think there’s any reason for early week “play in” games, it’s become this gigantic money-maker that goes on too long now, involves too many suspect teams and t

Toronto won the opener of the two - leg series 2-1 at BMO Field last Wednesday. Giovinco's goal and an own goal by Tigres defender Rafael Carioca gave TFC two crucial away goals in the series, allowing Carioca scored on his own net in the 64th minute, giving Toronto FC a crucial away goal .

Tigres hasn’t lost a league fixture at The Volcano since 2016. — Toronto FC (@ torontofc ) March 8, 2018. Bloated field, the sameness of play lessens the Madness. Toronto FC advances on away goals despite second - leg loss to Tigres .

GIANT GIOVINCO: When Tigres came out of the break with a spring in their step, the Reds defence began to look tired. It didn’t help that Toronto’s best defender for much of the night, Chris Mavinga, was pulled from the match in the 62nd minute due to injury. That’s about the time when Giovinco put the team on his back. The forward became the Reds’ first line of defence, running the ball whenever he could to give the players behind him a rest. It proved crucial to Toronto’s game. One of the Italian striker’s drives into his opponent’s box ended with him crossing the ball to Tigres’ Rafael Carioca for the own goal. Another run by Giovinco earned him the free kick he curled into Tigres’ net for the highlight-reel marker.

MAKING HISTORY: Toronto advances to the Champions League semifinal for just the second time in club history, becoming just the ninth MLS club to reach that stage in the tournament since the current format was adopted in 2008-09. The Reds were the second MLS club to do so on the night, after Red Bulls beat Club Tijuana 5-1 on aggregate.

SORROW FOR MORROW ... AND MAVINGA: Justin Morrow has been nearly ever-present for Toronto FC since his arrival at the club in 2014, starting at least 28 regular season matches in each of the past four seasons and playing virtually all of the organization’s 12 playoff games. But in one of the biggest games in club history, Morrow managed less than 15 minutes on the field, going down in the 12th minute with an unidentified injury and subbed off not long after. Auro took his place and performed admirably at left back, but the thought of any extended period of time without Morrow is enough to send chills down TFC fans’ spine. The same could be said for Mavinga, who left the game injured shortly after halftime. While the Frenchman hasn’t been with the club nearly as long as Morrow, he has made himself equally indispensable. Case in point: after making a game-saving tackle in injury time of the first leg, when Tigres’ Ismael Sosa broke into Toronto’s box with minutes to play, Mavinga blocked a close-range shot in the first half of the second leg that almost certainly kept Toronto FC on level terms, a play that would prove imperative to the Reds’ advancing when the game finished tied.

UP NEXT: The Reds likely haven’t seen the last of Mexico. Toronto will face the winner of quarter-final between Liga MX’s Club America and Panama’s Tauro FC, who will meet in the second leg of the series on Thursday. Club America heads into that game up 4-0 on aggregate.

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