In an "all-Mexican" 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinals, Club América took a giant step towards reaching this year's final after posting a 4:1 victory over host CD Toluca FC in the first-leg of the two-game series at the Estadio Nemesio Díaz this afteroon in Toluca, Edo., while CD Necaxa could only manage a 0:0 draw against visiting CA Monarcas Morelia in their series opener later that evening at the Estadio Azteca.
Toluca opened the scoring in the 28th minute of the first half with a goal by César Lozano, but Marcelo Lipatín gave Club América its first goal of the afternoon six minutes later for a 1:1 score.
In the second half, Oscar Mariscal gave the visiting squad the lead 2:1 in the 56th minute-mark.
After Lipatín notched his second goal of the match in the 62nd minute, Cuauhtémoc Blanco closed the scoring for América with seven minutes remaining for the 4:1 final.
In the other Champions Cup semifinal, Morelia, surprisingly, were on offense most of the first half, but couldn't get past goalkeeper Omar Ortiz as Necaxa relied on the counter attack through the few openings off the flanks.
In the second half, the host began to create more chances and outshot Morelia 7-2 (10-4 overall), but couldn't break the scoreless (0:0) deadlock.
The CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinals continue with second-leg matches as CA Monarcas Morelia host CD Necaxa at the Estadio Morelos on 7 May, while Club América takes a 4:1 aggregate lead to the Estadio Azteca against Toluca set for 14 May at Ciudad de México.
This is first time in the 41-year history of the competition the final four features teams all from the same country.
30.04.2003: Toluca, Edo. MéXICO; Estadio Nemesio Díaz (A: 8000)
CD TOLUCA FC - CLUB AMéRICA 1:4 (1:1)
Cesar LOZANO 28' - Marcelo LIPATíN 34', 62'; Oscar MARISCAL 56'; Cuauhtémoc BLANCO 83'
CD Toluca: Cesar Lozano - Sergio Ponce, Armando Palomino, Erick Espinosa, Emilio Viades, Edgar García (65: Isaac Moreno), Ariel Franco, José Núñez, Josué Castillejos, Emmanuel Ruiz (76: Diego De La Torre). Booked: Ruiz 22', Viades 32', García 37'; Sent off: Castillejos 82'
TD: Alberto JORGE
Club América: José Luis Ramirez - Carlos Sánchez, Adrián Gracía Arias, Marcelo Lipatín, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Alberto Becerra Acco, Carlos Infante, Marcio Del Vi Da Costa (54: Efrén Hernández), Israel Martínez (23: Raul Alvin), Daniel Uribe Solis (58: Oscar Mariscal), Oscar González. Booked: Da Costa 42', Sánchez 75', Lipatín 81'
TD: Manuel LAPUENTE
R: Jorge Eduardo GASSO (MEX)
30.04.2003: Ciudad de México; Estadio Azteca
CD NECAXA - CA MONARCAS MORELIA 0:0
CD Necaxa: Omar Ortiz - Diego Martinez, Hernan Vigna, Rafael Mejia, Miguel Ostersen, Mario Perez, Rodolfo Espinosa, Miguel Larrosa (46: Adelino Batista), Hector Herrera, Victor Ruiz (69: Fabián Peña), Angel Sosa (77: Gamadiel Garcia). Booked: Ostersen 70'
TD: Raul ARIAS
CA Monarcas Morelia: Miguel Fuentes - Eder Morales (64: Alejandro Pliego), Dario Franco, Jorge Almiron, Carlos Gutierrez, Miguel Hernández (46: Martín Gomez), Juan Urteaga (61: Ricardo Ruelas), Ismael Iniquez, Adolfo Bautista, Cristian Ramírez, Antonio Charel. Booked: none
TD: Rubén RAMANO
R: Gilberto ALCALA (MEX)