[DD] CONCACAF Champions League

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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.

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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.

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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.

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