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>
|41||F. Hall (GK)|
|Coach: P. Mariner|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and Santos run out 3-1 winners thanks to those two late strikes from Ludueña and Ramírez.|
|90' +2||C. Ramírez has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by D. Ludueña.|
|Goal Santos. It's all over for Toronto, Ramírez receives the ball unmarked inside the 18-yard box and shoots low across Hall into the corner. 3-1 Santos.|
|90'||D. Ludueña has scored a goal for Santos Laguna!|
|Goal Santos. Ludueña runs through the Toronto defense thanks to a one-two with Peralta and finishes with aplomb to give Santos a 2-1 lead.|
|89'||Santos hit the post! Baloy's header back across Hall hits the post and back into play.|
|88'||Santos win a corner kick which Johnson clears with a solid header.|
|85'||This is Toronto’s second match in Group 1 tonight, their first ended in a 5-1 home win against the Águila.|
|84'||Amusing scenes as a black cat runs across the face of the goal in front of Hall. He manages to avoid security as he belts it up the terracing.|
|81'||Hall makes a stunning save, Ludueña's well placed effort into the top corner is spectacularly pushed out for a corner kick. The kick comes in and a commanding catch from Hall is made.|
|79'||Second corner comes to nothing as Toronto try to regroup. Santos with plenty of possession and looking the more likely to score.|
|78'||Adachi with a curling effort from distance that has Hall parrying the ball out for a corner. A little hesitant from the Bermudan there. Corner taken short and Rodriguez' effort is again pushed out for a second corner.|
|77'||C. Ramírez enters the game and replaces H. Gómez.|
|Peralta just off side as Santos continue to press for the winner, this game is up for grabs.|
|74'||Toronto’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League scorers are Ryan Johnson and Joao Plata, both with 6 goals each.|
|73'||Quintero goes down on the edge of the box, referee continues play and Toronto clear.|
|71'||Toronto pushing for more, this time Frings corner is cleared.|
|68'||Q. Amarikwa has scored a goal for Toronto!|
|Goal Toronto. Frings with a fantastic curling free kick to the top of the 6-yard box, Sánchez makes a hash of the punch and Amarikwa shoots home through a crowded box.|
|65'||Gómez with a beauty of a free kick that curls just wide.|
|64'||Eckersley elbows Peralta around 30-yards out to concede a free kick.|
|61'||A somewhat disheveled Toronto coach Paul Mariner barking out orders on the sidelines. Glasses stuck together with tape, pacing up and down, he is desperate to force Toronto forward as we enter the final thirty minutes.|
|60'||Crunch, Eckersley goes down under a heavy challenge from the Spaniard Marc Crosas, no card but Toronto win the free kick.|
|Sánchez, the keeper who made the Technicolor shirts famous at World cups makes a complete mess of that attempted clearance to gift Toronto that goal.|
|56'||Santos Laguna’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League goal scorer is Carlos Darwin Quintero with 15 goals.|
|55'||Toronto win a free kick, the ball falls to Hall around 25-yards out and his effort is way over the bar.|
|53'||Frings with a corner kick for Toronto, the ball bobbles around the box before Santos are able to clear.|
|51'||Toronto with a chance to equalize. Wiedeman's ball across the 6-yard box finds Amarikwa at the back post all alone, however, his tap in for a certain goal hits the post and out for a goal kick.|
|49'||C. Quintero has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by Marc Crosas.|
|Goal Santos. Johnson looses the ball in a dangerous position, Crosas dinks the ball into Quintero and he lets rip past Hall.|
|46'||Q. Amarikwa enters the game and replaces E. Hassli.|
|C. Quintero enters the game and replaces E. Lugo.|
|Toronto get the second half underway. Early effort from Wiedeman, his shot flashes across a diving Sánchez and out for a goal kick.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the score remains 0-0. Not much in the way of clear cut chances, Santos with the slight edge on possession.|
|45'||One minute of additional time to be added to this first half.|
|43'||Gómez tries to latch onto a long through ball over the top of the Toronto defense but Hall rushes out to claim.|
|41'||Lugo taps to Ludueña on the edge of the Toronto box and his effort is charged down.|
|40'||Stunning night in Toronto, this stadium is a gem, a glittering Toronto skyline as a backdrop. Breezy but otherwise perfect conditions.|
|38'||A great looking ball across the face the 18-yad box is met by a quality Hassli header that is just wide.|
|37'||Frings gets the ball in plenty of space and runs at the Santos defense, he pulls the trigger but his effort is drilled well wide. Disappointing from the German.|
|34'||Not much in the way of goal scoring opportunities as we enter the final ten minutes of the first half.|
|32'||T. Dunfield gets yellow.|
|Dunfield looks a little mind boggled as he receives a yellow card. No one quite sure what that was for.|
|30'||Dunfield looking a little shaken up, but the Canadian is back on and playing.|
|29'||Dunfield gets a knee in the back and is receiving treatment.|
|26'||Frings with another free kick opportunity, this time a header goes well wide.|
|24'||Peralta with an extraordinary miss, Lugo lays the ball right at his feet and with an open goal at his mercy and he steps over the ball.|
|22'||Toronto win a free keep just inside the Santos half, disappointing from Frings as his back post kick goes straight out for a goal kick.|
|19'||Ludueña sends in another corner kick and a long range effort is well wide and Toronto have a goal kick. Wiedeman wins the ball and lets loose from 25-yards that is just wide of Sánchez' right post. Good effort there.|
|18'||Corner to Santos is sent in and after a scuffed shot from Santos Toronto clear.|
|17'||Santos break up field with Gómez and his cross across the face of the goal is cleared by Morgan.|
|16'||Corner kick finally gets taken and Hall makes a good punch.|
|15'||D. O'Dea gets yellow.|
|O. Peralta gets yellow.|
|Two yellow cards shown while waiting for the corner kick to be taken. O'Dea first then Peralta for wrestling inside the box.|
|13'||Santos come close, a neat one-two on the edge of the box and a curling shot is saved well by Hall.|
|12'||Peralta once again with some trickery on the edge of the box, but a miscommunication with Lugo and the move breaks down.|
|10'||Chance for Santos, Peralta cuts inside his defender and shoots inside the box, Hall is able to save well.|
|8'||Some decent possession from Toronto and the ball finally falls to Hassli inside the 18-yard box, he rushes his shot though and Santos win a goal kick.|
|6'||Santos win a free kick which is taken quickly, Toronto are on their toes though and clear the danger.|
|3'||A couple of meaty challenges already on display from each club. Santos try attacking early but the off side flag is up.|
|2'||With only three teams to a group things will be a little tight qualifying from this group, this one should be a cracker.|
|1'||Santos Laguna get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 1 match between Toronto FC from the MLS and Santos Laguna from Mexico.|