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Pachuca thrash Union, Crew into CONCACAF Champions Cup last 8


LOS ANGELES: Salomon Rondon scored a hat-trick as Mexican side Pachuca thrashed the Philadelph­ia Union 6-0 to surge into the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Ater a goalless first leg in Philadelph­ia last week, Pachuca tore into the Major League Soccer (MLS) oufit in Tuesday’s return in Mexico.

Veteranven­ezuelanint­ernational­strikerron­don fired Pachuca into the lead from the penalty spot ater seven minutes and the Mexican club kept up the pressure with a dominant display.

Rondon made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time and then completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute.

A brutal mauling of Union continued with Nelson Deossa, Oussama Idrissi and Alan Bautista all geting on the scoresheet to complete a 6-0 aggregate victory.

Tuesday’s scoreline equalled the worst defeat by an MLS team against Mexican opposition in the Champions Cup, matching the 6-0 drubbing suffered by Columbus Crew against Atletico Morelia in the 2003 tournament.

Meanwhile, the Crew advanced to the last eight ater a 1-1 draw with Houston Dynamo secured a 2-1 aggregate victory in an all-mls tie.

Columbus, leading 1-0 from the first leg, were set on the way to victory ater Cucho Hernandez fired them into a 40th-minute lead.

The Colombian striker rifled home a low shot from just inside the penalty area to beat Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark at the near post.

Columbus controlled the game thereater and never looked like relinquish­ing their grip on a last eight berth until a last-gasp equaliser from Houston.

Columbus defender Steven Moreira was adjudged to have handled a cross on 88 minutes to concede a penalty, and Griffin Dorsey stepped up to drill home the spot-kick.

That let it 1-1 on the night but Houston were unable to find the second goal that would have taken them into the quarter-finals as Columbus advanced.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, another of the MLS’S representa­tives were given a torrid time as Orlando City exited 4-2 against Mexico’s 2020 CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres UANL.

With the tie scoreless ater last week’s first leg in Florida, Orlando were under the cosh from the opening minutes against a rampant Tigres.

The hosts took the lead via a low Marcelo Flores shot that crept into the botom corner ater 13 minutes, and then doubled their advantage with a 20th-minute penalty from French striker Andre-pierre Gignac.

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Columbus Crew’s Cucho Hernandez celebrates after scoring against Houston Dynamo during their CONCACAF Champions Cup match.
Reuters ↑ Columbus Crew’s Cucho Hernandez celebrates after scoring against Houston Dynamo during their CONCACAF Champions Cup match.

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