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>
|27||J. Penedo (GK)|
|Coach: J. Delgado|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Monterrey scrap for a 1-0 victory. Orozco performing heroics in goal for Monterrey to keep Municipal at bay and it's the Mexicans that come away with the victory tonight.|
|90' +1||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|90'||Municipal come close in the dying seconds, it's that man Orozco again coming to the rescue of Monterrey.|
|88'||Another half chance for Municipal, this time Castillo gets on the end of a deep cross but his effort is also weak and straight into the arms of Orozco.|
|85'||Free kick to Municipal is floated into the back post, Rodríguez' header is weak and Orozco can collect.|
|84'||This is Monterrey’s second match in Group 7 tonight, their first ended in a 5-0 win at home to Panamanian’s Chorrillo.|
|83'||W. Ayoví enters the game and replaces H. Suazo.|
|81'||Suazo in acres of space inside the Municipal box to tap home, but Penedo makes a point blank save to keep his team in this one.|
|80'||Goal Monterrey. A little unfortunate for Municipal, the ball bounces up off a defender and Suazo slots home at the second attempt.|
|79'||H. Suazo has scored a goal for Monterrey!|
|77'||Corner for Municipal is now punched clear by Orozco. Monterrey owe a lot to this young man tonight if the score remain goalless.|
|76'||Arias with a corner kick for Municipal taken short, the ball falls for Rodríguez and his first time effort is saved by Orozco. Brilliant save from the Mexican.|
|73'||Rodríguez springs forward to latch onto a through ball but is about two yards off side, he is keen tonight.|
|72'||D. Chavez enters the game and replaces J. Corona.|
|71'||J. Castillo enters the game and replaces M. Ávila.|
|70'||The industrious Rodríguez now pops up on the left flank for Municipal, his cross is too long for a team mate to attack though and the ball trundles out for a goal kick.|
|68'||A superb effort from Municipal in this second half. They win a corner but unfortunately it's straight into the arms of Orozco.|
|65'||C. Delgado enters the game and replaces A. Carreño.|
|Keeper needing treatment after that last save, as well as a breather one may assume.|
|64'||Rodríguez for Municipal is clean through this time and his shot is well saved by Orozco.|
|62'||Y. Arias enters the game and replaces S. López.|
|Rodríguez spots Orozco off his line, a chipped effort from distance is cleared off the line.|
|60'||Rodríguez almost breaks through the defense, linesman flag goes up though and play brought back.|
|58'||This is Municipal’s second match in Group 7 tonight, their first ended in a 2-1 away win against Panamanian’s Chorrillo.|
|57'||M. Rodríguez enters the game and replaces J. Valenzuela.|
|56'||Two quick corners in succession for Monterrey come to nothing, this game is coming to a boil.|
|55'||Monterrey continue to press and a rasping shot is spectacularly saved by Penedo.|
|54'||Suazo returns the favor at the other end, his effort is wide though and Municipal win a goal kick.|
|53'||Samayoa runs onto a slide rule pass and smacks one inches wide of Orozco's left post. Municipal come close there.|
|50'||Suazo takes a short corner for Monterrey, but some good defending from Samayoa and Penedo has a goal kick.|
|48'||Municipal win a free kick out wide left which is charged down by the Monterrey defense.|
|46'||Municipal get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||The referee blows for half time and both clubs go into the break on level terms. Plenty of possession for the Guatemalans but it's Monterrey who look the dangerous going forward. 0-0 half time.|
|45'||Suazo almost beats the off side trap, that was close, he would have been clean though with just the keeper to beat. One minute of additional time to this first half.|
|43'||Monterrey win a free kick just outside the box on the right. Suazo dinks one into the box but Municipal can clear.|
|40'||Five minutes to the break, surprisingly Municipal have had more of the possession in this half, but Monterrey have looked the more likely to score.|
|39'||Zavala tries his luck from 25-yards, the effort drifts well wide of Penedo's right post.|
|36'||Monterrey win a corner, Reyna into the heart of the Municipal box, referee spots an infringement and Penedo punts up field.|
|33'||Barrios again with a driving effort that Orozco pushes around the post for a corner. The corner comes into the near post and Ávila's flick on goes out for a goal kick.|
|30'||H. Mier gets yellow.|
|Another yellow to Monterrey, this time to Mier for pulling down his opponent.|
|28'||S. Pérez gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Pérez for hauling down Corona on the edge of the box. Samayoa sends in the free kick but some good defending from Monterrey enables them to clear up field.|
|25'||Municipal conjure up an attack of their own, the cross is too deep and Monterrey close them down and eventually Orozco has a goal kick.|
|22'||Another scorching effort is tipped over the bar by Penedo for a corner. Suazo this time goes long with the corner kick, same result though as Municipal clear with ease.|
|21'||Suazo with another short corner that Municipal can close down and clear.|
|20'||López is now in the book for pulling the shirt of Corona.|
|19'||S. López gets yellow.|
|16'||Suazo drives in the free kick and Barrios punches clear.|
|15'||S. Trujillo gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Trujillo for hauling down his opponent on the edge of the Municipal box.|
|14'||Coming up to the fifteen minute mark, not much in the way of shots on target, but Monterrey with plenty of the ball.|
|11'||The rain belting down now, Corona takes a boot in the back and is slow to come to his feet.|
|9'||Suazo sends in the kick and Municipal clear with ease.|
|8'||Monterrey pressing early on and win a corner kick.|
|5'||Reyna with an early corner kick for Monterrey into the heart of the Municpal area, but cleared by the Guatemalan's.|
|3'||This match is crucial as far as standings go in group 7. The winner tonight will sit firmly on top of the group at the half way stage with two games to go.|
|1'||First half is underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Independencia, Estelí for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 7 match between Municipal from Guatemala and Monterrey from Mexico.|