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Pumas claim first-leg edge on Cruz Azul in CCL semis

Apr 27, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of the match ball on a stand prior to the match between Toronto FC and Cruz Azul at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Ignacio Dinenno’s two first-half goals led Pumas to a 2-1 win over visiting Cruz Azul on Tuesday in Mexico City during the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

The teams will complete the two-leg, total-goal series in Mexico City on April 12.

Dinenno scored on a goalmouth scramble in the 37th minute and then on a close-range header in first-half stoppage time.

In the 83rd minute, Cruz Azul’s Ivan Morales dribbled into the penalty area down the left flank and crossed the ball to Christian Tabo, who rolled in a left-footed shot to halve the deficit.

The other semifinal series opens Wednesday when New York City FC visits the Seattle Sounders.

Mexican teams have won the CONCACAF Champions League each of the past 16 seasons. No U.S. team has captured the championship since the LA Galaxy prevailed in 2000.

–Field Level Media