By FRANCO PANIZO
Cruz Azul ended their 17-year drought without a major trophy on Wednesday, and they did so despite never beating Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League finals series.
Cruz Azul hoisted the CONCACAF Champions League trophy on Wednesday night after a 1-1 road draw gave them the away-goals advantage over Toluca. The two sides played to a goal-less tie last week, and that allowed for Mariano Pavone’s opener in the second leg to prove as the difference in the series.
Pavone scored the decisive tally in the 41st minute, but Edgar Benitez gave Toluca some life with an equalizer in the 63rd. The hosts never found the go-ahead goal they needed, however, and that resulted in Cruz Azul becoming champions.
Pavone also celebrated becoming the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, while Toluca’s Raul Nava and Alfredo Talavara claimed the Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards, respectively.
With the title now secured, Cruz Azul can begin planning their December trip to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup.
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