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CONCACAF Champions Cup finale in Pachuca

Posted on 30 April 2008 in FIFA Club World Cup

After 47 years, the Cup will be raised one final time tonight in Pachuca, México. Deportivo Saprissa and Pachuca CF are facing each other at the Estadio Hidalgo in the second leg of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup™ final (30 April). The first match was a 1:1 draw last week, so it will be winner-take-all in the state capital of Hidalgo, México.

Tonight's game, the last of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup™ in its current format, will be controlled by Canadian officials Mauricio Navarro, Hector Vergara and Joe Fletcher. Starting this fall, the CONCACAF Champions League™ will embark as the new confederation club championship.

Last week, Deportivo Saprissa and Pachuca CF played to a 1:1 draw at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José, Costa Rica. Luis Gabriel Rey scored for Pachuca and Victor Coredero countered for Deportivo Saprissa in the 89th minute. The 30 April winner will not only win the 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup™, but will also represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008.

Canada will have one entry in the new 24-team CONCACAF Champions League™. The Canadian qualification tournament runs 27 May to 22 July between Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps and Impact de Montréal.

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