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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
A shirtless Franco Jara celebrates with his Pachuca teammates.