Club America captured the CONCACAF Champions League title for a second-straight year on Wednesday (27 April) after a 2-1 win over Tigres gave them a 4-1 aggregate triumph.
Club America followed up a 2-0 victory over Tigres last week with another strong effort in front of a packed crowd at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and will represent the region at the Club World Cup, in Japan.
The defending champions fell behind in the 39th minute where France international Andre-Pierre Gignac converted to put Tigres on the scoreboard first. But that was as close as they would ever come to catching Club America in the overall aggregate.
Tigres opened the second half with spirit and retained much of the possession before Ecuadorean Michael Arroyo came on as a substitute in the 65th and struck soon from the edge of the box to give Club America some breathing room.
Osvaldo Martinez sealed things and set off the celebration in the 87th minute where he converted a penalty shot following a tackle on Miguel Samudio.
Tigres’ Brazilian Coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti said several factors led to his team’s defeat.
“Naturally, whenever there is a change, the coach thinks about improving certain things. Maybe yes. I think, during the first half, we handled the area very well and during the second half, not so much, but there are also other factors that led to our defeat,” Ferretti said.
America Coach Ignacio Ambriz, said teamwork led to his team’s success.
“I came to work with a lot of humility. I didn’t come to shut people up or anything like that. I simply came to convince the great players I am in charge of, that by running and fighting hard, we’d be able to achieve great things. I think today, I reiterate, it’s the result of a lot of work, not mine, but that of my technical team, all those who work in the club, from maintenance, office workers, to direction. It’s teamwork. And today we were rewarded as a club,” Ambriz said.
This was the 11th straight time a team from Mexico’s first division has won the CONCACAF regional club tournament.