Toluca vs. Cruz Azul: Final score 1-1, La Maquina win CONCACAF Champions League on away goals

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Mariano Pavone's away goal put Cruz Azul on top of the region.

Cruz Azul are the champions of CONCACAF.

La Maquina went to Toluca for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final and came away with a 1-1 draw, which was enough to give them the region's crown. The title comes with a berth in the Club World Cup, as Cruz Azul continue to roll in a spring that also sees them atop the La Liga table.

Cruz Azul entered the second leg as underdogs after failing to score in a 0-0 draw at home in the first 90 minutes, but they found the net in the 41st minute to turn the tie upside down. A cross found Marco Fabian all alone on the far side and he quickly played the ball back across for Mariano Pavone, who tapped the ball into the open net and Cruz Azul didn't just have a 1-0 lead, they had an away goal.

Trailing 1-0 and needing two scores to overcome Cruz Azul's away goal, Toluca turned up the pressure and in the 63rd minute, they got a goal. A scrum in the box saw the ball come to Edgar Benitez down the left, whose shot took a bit of deflection. That deflection was enough to send Jesus Corona the wrong way and land the ball in the back of the net.

Toluca had life and with one goal to the title, they poured on pressure, but Corona ensured that Cruz Azul would walk away winners. He turned away Miguel Ponce and Antonio Rios late, letting Pavone's goal put Cruz Azul's hands on the trophy.

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