24 teams from the 40 CONCACAF member countries qualify for the competition:
12 teams from the 7 UNCAF countries (2 teams each from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama; and 1 team each from Nicaragua and Belize);
9 teams from the 3 NAFU countries (4 teams each from the United States and Mexico and 1 team from Canada);
3 teams from the 30 CFU countries (3 teams from the CFU Club Championship).
Belize does not enter a team, since the country lacks an adequate stadium. As a result, El Salvador gets a 3rd team in the competition.
24 teams are drawn into 8 groups of 3 teams.
Teams are seeded into 3 pots of 8 teams each, based on their country and ranking from their own championship as follows:
pot A: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama;
pot B: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Canada, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras;
pot C: the 3 CFU representatives; 2 teams from El Salvador and 1 team each from Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua.
Each of the groups consists of one team from each of the three pots.
Teams from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group (does not apply for the additional team from El Salvador that replaces the Belize representative).
Teams from the United States and Mexico cannot be drawn into the same group.
Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 4 games each, over 6 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. points in head-to-head matches; 3. goal difference in hth matches; 4. away goals in hth matches; 5. total goal difference; 6. total goals scored; 7. total away goals scored; 8. draw.
<b>Qualification for the Knockout stage:</b>
1 place of each group: qualify for the Knockout stage
8 teams from the Group stage contest the winner in a knockout format.
Teams are ranked 1st to 8th based on their Group stage record.
8 teams are paired as follows:
1st ranked vs 8th ranked (match 1);
2nd ranked vs 7th ranked (match 2);
3rd ranked vs 6th ranked (match 3);
4th ranked vs 5th ranked (match 4);
Winners are decided over two legs, with the higher ranked teams hosting the second legs.
4 teams are paired as follows:
winner match 1 vs winner match 4 (match A);
winner match 2 vs winner match 3 (match B).
Winners are decided over two legs, with the winners of matches 1 and 2 hosting the second legs.
The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming 2012/2013 CONCACAF Champions League winner.
Winner is decided over two legs, with the winner of match A hosting the second leg.
<b>Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:</b>
1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2.* away goals, 3. extra time, 4. penalties.
* - the away goals rule does not apply during extra time.
<b>Qualification for FIFA competitions:</b>
winner: 2013 FIFA Club World Cup</p>
|1||O. Sánchez (GK)|
|3||C. Quintero||6' 26' 47'|
|Coach: B. Galindo|
|90' +1||Referee blows for full time and Santos Laguna well deserve their 5-0 victory tonight. Águila never in the game and that's two defeats in their opening two games in this group.|
|90'||Águila still battling to their credit, deserve a consolation goal.|
|88'||This is Santos laguna’s opening match in Group 1 tonight, their next opponent will be at home to Toronto FC.|
|87'||A cracking strike from Águila’s Bonilla whistles over the bar.|
|85'||Free kick to Águila around 25-yards out is just over Sánchez's bar.|
|84'||This is Águila’s second match in Group 1 tonight, their first ended in a 5-1 thumping at Toronto FC.|
|82'||Gómez gets on the end of a cross inside the Águila 18-yard box but can't control the ball and Villalobos is able to snatch the ball up.|
|80'||Corner kick to Santos taken short, when the ball eventually falls to Lugo his effort is well wide.|
|79'||H. Romero enters the game and replaces J. Henríquez.|
|77'||A superb ball across the Águila’s 6-yard box finds Gómez, and with an open net at his mercy he blasts over the bar.|
|73'||Another speculative effort from Águila balloons off Figueroa for a corner kick. Romero takes it short and Santos are able to close the attack down and clear.|
|71'||Another long range effort from Águila has Sánchez scrambling to his right to make a comfortable save.|
|70'||C. Ramírez enters the game and replaces O. Peralta.|
|67'||Santos send in a corner kick to the back post, Villalobos snatches the ball out of the air and clears up field.|
|66'||H. Gómez enters the game and replaces D. Ludueña.|
|65'||Peralta with a free header inside the 18-yard box smashes off the cross bar, the follow up shot is straight into the arms of Villalobos.|
|64'||Quintero once again in plenty of space inside the box, this time he loses his footing and Águila can clear.|
|62'||Peralta's frustrating night continues, his neat turn and shot inside the 18-yard box goes just wide.|
|59'||W. Soto enters the game and replaces R. Torres.|
|58'||A speculative effort from well inside their own half has Sánchez scrambling back toward goal, but the effort is wide.|
|56'||Two quick Corner kicks to Santos come to nothing, Ludueña through on goal once more, this time Villalobos makes a save.|
|53'||A long ball into the Águila penalty box finds Quintero completely unmarked, he tries to pull the ball back to a team mate but the defense closes him down.|
|52'||Águila put a promising attack together, the final ball finds a free man but the linesman's flag goes up for offside.|
|51'||J. Escoboza enters the game and replaces Marc Crosas.|
|50'||Santos on the attack again, Ludueña with some good work finds Lugo and he fires wide.|
|47'||C. Quintero has scored a goal for Santos Laguna!|
|Goal Santos. Quintero's is on fire, he takes on the Águila defense, rounds the advancing keeper and slots home his third on the night.|
|46'||I. Flores enters the game and replaces H. Velásquez.|
|Santos Laguna get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||Referee blows for half time and Santos Laguna go into the break comfortably up by four goals.|
|45'||Alanís with some neat work down the flank but his cross is cut out.|
|44'||Two minutes of additional time to be played in this first half.|
|41'||D. Ludueña has scored a goal for Santos Laguna!|
|Goal Santos Laguna. Some sloppy defending has the ball spill to Ludueña, surrounded by three defenders he turns and beats Villalobos with a cool finish.|
|39'||Another promising long ball finds Quintero, but the linesman's flag goes up.|
|37'||Once again the Águila defense is sliced open and Peralta this time drags his shot wide.|
|35'||Santos with a corner, straight into the arms of the keeper.|
|30'||L. Anaya gets yellow.|
|E. Lugo has scored a goal for Santos Laguna!|
|Goal Santos, and that's three. Lugo scores from close range after one of his teammates' efforts is blocked on the line by a defender.|
|26'||C. Quintero has scored a goal for Santos Laguna!|
|Goal Santos Laguna. Carlos Quintero gets a second as he finds the target on the rebound following a Ludueña free kick that had come back from the post.|
|24'||Santos get a free kick in a potentially dangerous position.|
|22'||Águila coming into the game a little more, but Santos continue to look the more dangerous on the attack.|
|18'||Águila beginning to settle a little, not much going on in the final third for them though as Santos Laguna's defense looks solid at this juncture.|
|14'||Santos Laguna on the attack again, this time the through ball has too much pace on it and rolls out for a goal kick.|
|12'||This is Águila’s second match in Group 1 tonight, their first ended in a 5-1 thumping at Toronto FC.|
|9'||Santos continue to press forward and from a short corner they hit the post.|
|6'||C. Quintero has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by K. Adachi.|
|Goal Santos Laguna. A long ball over the top of the Águila defense finds Quintero, he rounds the keeper and finishes with ease.|
|3'||Corner to Santos Laguna is straight into the arms of Villalobos|
|1'||Águila get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Corona, Torreón Mexico for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 1 match between Santos Laguna from Mexico and Águila from El Salvador.|