Francisco Rodriguez (pictured) and Cruz Azul will look to get on a winning track when they visit Panama's Chorrillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 19, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Two teams that are trying to find their form in their respective leagues will get an opportunity to move forward in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday.
Chorrillo FC, (2-1-2, seven points), in seventh place out of 10 clubs in Liga Panameña de Fútbol will host CCL defending champion Cruz Azul in a battle of Group 6 rivals at the Estadio Maracana. The Mexican side (1-2-2, five) is mired in 13th place out of 18 teams in the Liga MX Apertura.
The Panamanians have displayed a solid defense, but an inconsistent offense, scoring and conceding three goals in their opening five matches.
Likewise, Cruz Azul has experienced problems scoring goals, tallying only three times and surrendering five goals. In its CCL opener at home against Alajuelense, La Maquina’s only goal in a 1-1 came via a Christian Gimenez penalty kick in the 54th minute.
Domestically, Cruz Azul fell to three-time CCL champion Monterrey 3-1 on Saturday as Dorlan Pablon recorded a hat-trick.
Center back Francisco Javier Rodriguez said the result was misleading.
"That happens when as a team we are being complacent, do not press, do not bother to clear," he told reporters. "We have to keep working. The team was playing well, it was playing football and the goals were indirectly there. Unfortunately we lost and that [makes] us sad. We are going to work to pull this off.
"Obviously. we are upset with ourselves. We have to adjust and keep looking forward."
Cruz Azul is a perfect 6-0-0 in CCL games against Panamanian opponents.