Club America win Champions League with huge 2nd half

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:29 PM by William Montero

How entertaining was that one?  Club America put on quite the show tonight in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League.  A monster crowd of over 61,000 was on hand to cheer their their side on. It was a record for a soccer game on Canadian turf.  The two teams played to a 1-1 draw last week in Mexico City.  The winner tonight would take the Champions League title and represent CONCACAF at the next Club World Cup.

It was apparent from the opening whistle that Club America had no answer for the pace of Dominic Oduro of the Impact.  He was running wild forcing the visitors into emergency defending and fouling.  The Impact #10 Piatti was also killing.  Within minutes Montreal had the lead as Ignacio Piatti skipped past a couple of CA defenders before giving the ball to Andres Romero who slotted into the net past three sliding defenders.

Club America went on the attack from there and should have had the game tied in the 13th off a free kick.  A perfect ball to the back post was headed across goal by Aguilar.  Benedetto raced in and looked to have an easy deflection into the the net from close range.  The ball came off his shin off the post and up off the crossbar and out.  A huge miss.

The game got really chippy from there as Club America lost composure and started with the cheap stuff.  Yellow cards were flying as the Costa Rican referee was doing his best to keep control.

The second half opened with Club America needing to find a goal. Within five minutes they had it.  A nice cross to the back post found Benedetto waiting.  He left his feet and side volleyed a rocket off the helpless keeper and into the net.

All square and forty minutes to find a winner. The visitors were on the front foot as the Impact just did not start the second half with enough passion or focus.  The Mexico side was pushing for the lead and it looked like it would only be a matter of time unless Montreal were able to get control.  Piatti was barely even getting a touch after a hugely impactful opening 45.

In the 64th Club America had their just lead.  Another ball was lost at the back post by Nigel Reo-Coker where it was headed across the six where Oribe Peralta nodded home from close range.  Only two minutes later the lead went to 3-1.  Again the Impact were beaten down their right.  The cross came in and Dario Benedetto blasted home from six yards.

Now Club America had a commanding advantage as they not only had a 3-1 lead, but also 3 away goals.  This meant Montreal would need 3 goals.  It was all unravelling as Club America were bossing the match.

Just like that Benedetto had his hat trick in the 81st.  After stringing together several passes the ball made its way to the star striker just inside the penalty area.  He cu onto his left foot and blasted home.  4-1 and it was all over.  What a second half display from Club America?  Wow.

Jack McInerny grabbed a consolation goal to pull it to 4-2 but it was of little consequence.   With the win Club America claims their sixth CONCACAF title and will now play in the Club World Cup next December.