The Group Stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League has played its final matchday tonight, with the final eight matches providing the qualifiers for the two-legged Quarter Finals, set to take place next spring. Since our last report, five clubs had already won their groups and are now awaiting the draw.
Group A: Harbour View 0-1 Seattle Sounders
Sounders had the group won before tonight but ensured progress through to the last eight with a perfect record, four wins from four.
Group B: W-Connection 0-1 Alianza
A dead rubber match as LA Galaxy had already won the group, but El Savador’s champions Alianza recorded their second victory over W-Connection of Trinidad & Tobago in this season’s competition.
Group C: Municipal 1-3 Chivas Guadalajara
The four-goal win that would see Municipal overhaul their Mexican opponents never looked likely on paper and even less so on the pitch tonight. Chivas top the group with 3 wins from 4.
Group D: Marathón 3-0 Comunicaciones
Another dead rubber match, with Pumas UNAM already through as group winners, but the Honduarns of Marathón did the double over their Guatemalan opponents tonight in confident fashion.
Group E: Isidro Metapán 0-1 Pachuca
Pachuca confirmed progress to the knockout stages thanks to Mauro Cejas’s second-half strike giving them the three points that sees them beat Canadian champions Vancouver Whitecaps on the final matchday.
Group F: AS New Club 0-2 Alajuelense
Alajuelense were through to the final eight already, but picked up their fourth win with a confident performance in Martinique tonight. The Costa Rican champions are the only non-American or non-Mexican club in the Quarter Finals.
Group G: New York Red Bulls 1-0 Olimpia
Red Bulls ensured it was 4 from 4 for American sides last week, with a winner-takes-all match at Red Bull Arena tonight. Kenny Cooper’s 65th minute goal saw them pip their Honduran opponents on goal difference as both sides won their home match 1-0.
Group H: Diriangén 2-3 Tauro
Columbus Crew won the group last time out, but that took nothing away from a thrilling match in Nicaragua tonight which saw the visitors fight back from 2-0 down to pick up the three points.
The Quarter Final draw will be made 11 December.
Olympique Marseille have parted company with manager Co Adriaanse after just ten months in charge at Stade Velodrome. The former FC Twente manager’s last game was tonight’s 1-0 defeat at home by Monaco, despite having 61% possession. Marseille sit 11th in Ligue Un, the position that they disappointingly finished in last season, already 13 points behind leaders PSG.
French Under 21 manager Erick Mombaerts is currently odds-on favourite at the top of the bookies’ shortlist, which also includes Guy Lacombe, John van den Brom, and Jean-Pierre Papin.
BVB’s Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has reported to the club management that 15 year-old defenders Karl-Heinz Horn and Osman Varol, who both played in today’s U19s win at Herne, have rejected new one-year deals offered to them by the club today. No further action has taken place at this stage.