• Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

    Toluca tops Caledonia AIA in CCL opener

    Action from the August 6, 2013, CONCACAF Champions League match between Toluca (red) and visiting Caledonia AIA. (Photo: Mexsport)


    TOLUCA, Mexico -- Edgar Benitez and Miguel Almazan scored within a six-minute span midway through the first half to break open a scoreless game for Toluca, which went on to record a 3-1 victory over Caledonia AIA in in the Group 6 opener for both teams in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday.
     
    Raul Nava tallied in the second half for the Mexican club, which went to the top of the group with three points. 
     
    Second-half substitute Julian Wade struck for Caledonia's lone goal with only minutes remaining in regulation as the Trinidad & Tobagan side avoided a road shutout.
     
    Toluca, making its third appearance in the competition, had a strong opening to the match and came close to scoring in the 22nd minute.  Erbin Trejo, though, booted a right-wing cross wide left of the net instead of on target.
     
    Trejo's teammates, however, turned out to be better marksmen after Caledonia squandered one of its few scoring chances as Andre Toussaint blasted his 25-yard free kick into the defensive wall in the 23rd minute.
     
    A minute later, the Diablos Rojos celebrated their first goal of the night. After Toluca gained possession at midfield, Edy Brambila quickly gathered the ball and sent a perfect through pass to an onrushing Benitez, who found himself with a couple of steps on Jamal Smith. Benitez motored into the penalty area before slotting the ball into the lower right corner for a 1-0 lead.
     
    The host did not wait very long to double its advantage as Almazan fired a free kick from 25 yards past  diving goalkeeper Shemel Louison into the lower left corner for a 2-0 margin in the 30th minute.
     
    Toluca equaled its team record for most goals scored in the first half of a CCL game.
     
    In the 60th minute, Nava netted his fourth career CCL goal, converting a Benitez pass from the top of the penalty box with his left foot to make the score 3-0.

     
    Wade found the back of the net with two minutes remaining in regulation.  David Aubrey rolled a pass from the left corner for the Montserrat international to knock past goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera and cut into Toluca’s advantage.

    Both teams' next games will be against Comunicaciones. Toluca will visit the Guatemalan club on Aug. 22, while Caledonia will host the Central American side on Aug. 29.

    Toluca is now unbeaten in nine of 10 all-time CCL home games (7-2-1).

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