Pachuca are Con­ca­caf Cham­pi­ons League win­ners

The Mex­i­can side pre­vailed in the two-legged fi­nal against Ti­gres to not only win the com­pe­ti­tion but qual­ify for the Fifa Club World Cup to be held in the UAE in De­cem­ber.

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Tense af­fair

The all-Mex­i­can fi­nal, level at 1-1 af­ter the first leg, proved to be a tense af­fair in the sec­ond leg which was goal­less for 83 min­utes. Ti­gres were down to 10 men by this stage as Guido Pizarro was sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence, and Pachuca broke the dead­lock with seven min­utes re­main­ing when Franco Jara tapped home a re­bound af­ter Ti­gres’ Nahuel Guz­man had only par­ried a shot from out­side the area.

Fifth ti­tle

Pachuca had a late scare as Ti­gres had a goal dis­al­lowed in stop­page time from An­dre-Pierre Gignac for off­side and sur­vived to win the match and claim the tie 2-1 on ag­gre­gate, win­ning the event for a fifth time but the first time since 2010.

‘De­served it’

“It was tough but we de­served it. Pachuca are al­ways go­ing to give 100 per cent to get these re­sults,” Pachuca mid­fielder Jorge Her­nan­dez said of his side’s suc­cess. As well as win­ning the tro­phy, the Mex­i­can side have also be­come the first side to qual­ify for the Fifa Club World Cup to be played in the UAE from De­cem­ber 6-16.

2010 visit

Pachuca played in the Club World Cup the last time it was hosted by the UAE, in 2010. Af­ter los­ing to TP Mazembe in the quar­ter-fi­nals, they de­feated Al Wahda 4-2 on penal­ties to claim fifth place, scor­ing twice in the fi­nal 13 min­utes through Dario Cvi­tanich to take it to the shoot-out.

Rest of the field

The re­main­ing sides to com­pete along­side Pachuca – which will in­clude the Ara­bian Gulf League win­ners, and sides rep­re­sent­ing Europe, Asia, Africa and Ocea­nia – will be de­cided over the com­ing months.

Henry Romero / Reuters

A shirt­less Franco Jara cel­e­brates with his Pachuca team­mates.

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