Cruz Azul’s Jair Pereira celebrates after scoring against Herediano in a CONCACAF Champions League game on August 22, 2013, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Cruz Azul set a new mark for the most wins in CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) history (26) by beating Herediano 3-0 at home last week.
When La Maquina meets host Valencia on Wednesday at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, in its second Group 3 game, guarding against complacency will be key. It is bringing an impressive four-game winning streak in all competitions to Haiti.
Getting past the Vert et Rouge (Green and Red), though, is not expected to be an easy task.
Despite falling 6-1 to Herediano in its competition debut on August 8, Valencia has won three of its four domestic-league matches, good enough for first place in the Champions Group. The Haitians have demonstrated an ability to strike quickly as evidenced by Roody Joseph’s brilliant volley against the Costa Ricans.
Cruz Azul, which came from behind to defeat Puebla 2-1 on Sunday, is preparing for the match as it would for any other and is taking nothing for granted.
One of the squad’s new reinforcements, midfielder Mauro Formica, hopes to make his debut with the Mexican side against Valencia. In a press conference on Tuesday, the 25-year-old Argentine pointed out that the team will take advantage of a video session to study up on its Haitian opponent.
“[Wednesday] we’ll watch a video with the coaching staff to see how they play,” said Formica, whose career also taken him to Newell’s Old Boys, Blackburn Rovers and Palermo. “I saw the goals that were scored against them, but we’ll know more tomorrow.”
And so will Valencia.
NOTES: Cruz Azul’s Mariano Pavone has scored in two straight matches, making it 2-0 against Herediano and netting an equalizer against Puebla.