Despite losing a key player into injury in the opening moments of the match, Toronto FC got an early goal, then kept Club America off the scoreboard until second-half stoppage time, to earn a 1-1 draw at Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night. The resulting 4-2 aggregate win means the Reds will face CD Guadalajara in the Concacaf Champions League finals later this month.
Drama came early in the first half — just five minutes in, Jozy Altidore went down and stayed down in a collision, and had to be subbed off several minutes later for Tosaint Ricketts. In the 12th minute, Sebastian Giovinco delivered a perfectly-weighted pass into the box, where Ricketts collected and side-footed the ball to Jonathan Osorio for the opening goal.
Drama stuck around for the rest of the rain-drenched first half — a 19th-minute Eriq Zavaleta headed own-goal was taken off the board via a late offside flag, and the Aguilas continued pressuring to try to get an equalizer, forcing Alex Bono into five excellent first-half saves. America finished the half with 12 shots to TFC's four and more than 60 percent possession.
The second half included just a few chances for the Reds to expand their lead. In the 50th minute, Giovinco fired a free kick in to force a tip save, and then on his subsequent corner kick, he nearly bent it around the near post for the game's second goal. TFC was, however, content to sit back and absorb America's attack for much of the final 45. Only a stoppage time penalty, awarded when Michael Bradley collided with Oribe Peralta in the box, allowed the home team to get on the board.
12' – TOR – Jonathan Osorio
90' + 2 – CA – Andres Uribe (PK)