The Concachampions is a tournament played by the teams from Central and North America and the Liga MX or the MLS always win. And in the 2020-2021 edition of the international tournament, the eight teams that reached the quarterfinals are from the aforementioned championships. This was determined after the last round of 16 matches, played on Thursday night.
Columbus Crew, from the United States, with Argentines Lucas Zelarrayán and Milton Valenzuela, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League, by beating Real Estelí, from Nicaragua, by 1 to 0. The match was played in the Thursday night at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, the Crew's goal was scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips and in the next instance he will play against Monterrey from Mexico, who also qualified by eliminating Atlético Pantoja from the Dominican Republic.
In Columbus, who had won 4-0 in the first leg, Argentina's Zelarrayán (former Belgrano of Córdoba) and Valenzuela (former Newell's Old Boys of Rosario) entered in the second half.
Columbus Crew vs Real Estelí: Highlights
Monterrey, meanwhile, beat Atlético Pantoja 3 to 1 at BBVA Bancomer in the city of Monterrey, after having triumphed 3-0 away from home. The goals of the Mexican team were converted by Luis Sánchez, Vincent Janssen and Jesús Gallardo, discounting Lisandro Cabrera.
Played Matías Kranevitter (former River Plate), Nicolás Sánchez (former River Plate and Racing Club) and Rogelio Gabriel Funes Mori (former River Plate) entered the second period.
The quarterfinals will be the following
Cruz Azul (Mexico) -Toronto FC (Canada)
Columbus Crew (United States) -Monterrey (Mexico)
Philadelphia Union (United States) -Atlanta United (United States)
America (Mexico) -Portland Timbers (United States)