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||A. Anzola (GK)|
|Coach: G. Soto|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Herediano hold on to win their second game of the group. Francis with his wonder strike is the difference tonight.|
|90' +2||Herediano win a free kick just outside the box. The free kick is drilled in and Anzola makes a good save.|
|90'||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|89'||M. Obando gets yellow.|
|Obando goes down under a heavy challenge, he receives treatment then enters the field without permission from the referee and promptly gets booked.|
|88'||E. Aguilar gets yellow.|
|87'||Sánchez drills in a free kick into the Herediano box, once again some solid defending quells the danger.|
|86'||Tauro with a corner and again not much doing from it. Herediano cruising through to the final whistle.|
|85'||Free kick to Herediano around 35-yards out has smashed against the cross bar and back into play.|
|82'||A hopeful long range effort from Tauro is ballooned over the bar. Goal kick Herediano.|
|80'||Ruiz has the ball in the net for Herediano but a linesman's flag is up and Tauro can clear.|
|78'||E. Pinto enters the game and replaces R. Cortés.|
|This is Herediano’s second match in Group 2 tonight, their first ended in a 1-0 home win against Real Salt Lake.|
|77'||E. Aguilar enters the game and replaces J. Sánchez.|
|75'||Sánchez is down receiving treatment after a heavy challenge, the magic sponge does its job and play continues.|
|74'||Tauro win a corner kick which is floated in, but all night long the Herediano defense has dealt with those.|
|73'||Another great ball across the face of the goal this time finds Cubero, but the ball rebounds off him for a goal kick.|
|71'||Herediano break up field and a decent ball across the face of the goal just needs to be tapped home but no one following up.|
|70'||Herediano's Martínez goes down under a heavy challenge, play continues and Tauro almost break through the off side trap but the flag goes up.|
|68'||Tauro win a free kick around 30-yards out. Sánchez swings it in and a commanding catch from Moreira halts the attack.|
|66'||R. Martínez enters the game and replaces H. Peñaloza.|
|65'||That was Francis' first goal in his professional career, what a way to open your account.|
|64'||D. Ramírez enters the game and replaces I. Gómez.|
|63'||Tauro give the ball away again in center field, just can't get going in this second half. Herediano still with their noses in front thanks to that Francis wonder strike.|
|61'||This is Tauro’s second match in Group 2 tonight, their first ended in a 2-0 away defeat against Real Salt Lake.|
|58'||A throw in from Tauro causes a little panic inside the Herediano 18-yard box, they manage to clear their lines though and Tauro have to build again.|
|57'||Francis, brimming with confidence, has another pop from distance, lightning does not strike twice in this case and Tauro have a goal kick.|
|55'||C. Pareja enters the game and replaces L. Parris.|
|54'||Moreira storms out to the edge of the penalty area to collect a cross, not much attacking the ball from the Tauro forwards there.|
|53'||Tauro have a couple of free kicks since that wonder goal, Moreno with the latest which the Herediano defense gobbles up and clears up field.|
|51'||Herediano’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League goal scorer is Jorge Barbosa with 6 goals.|
|48'||W. Francis has scored a goal for Herediano!|
|Goal Herediano. Francis collects the ball some 25-yards out and unleashes a beauty that hits the underside of the bar and into the net. What a strike!|
|47'||The weather has taken a turn for the worse since the break, it is pouring down.|
|46'||Tauro get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Angulo strikes the free kick into the wall and the ball is out for throw in. The half time whistle blows and the score is 0-0. Not much in the way of goal mouth action, Tauro are just edging the possession statistics. All to play for in the second half.|
|45' +1||R. Cortés gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Cortés for bringing down his opponent right on the edge of the box.|
|45'||One minute of additional time to this first half.|
|44'||Just one non Costa Rica player in Herediano’s starting line up tonight, Ismael Alberto Gómez is from Argentina.|
|42'||M. Angulo enters the game and replaces C. Montero.|
|A teasing cross comes in that Moreira tips off the head of an attacker, referee spots an infringement and Herediano can clear up field.|
|40'||Five minutes to the break and it's a big jumbled mess in midfield, sub warming up on the sidelines, Herediano coach has seen enough already.|
|39'||Herediano with a great chance to take the lead. Francis in plenty of space inside the box but his first touch takes him a little wide, he does manage to get a shot off which whistles over the bar.|
|37'||Just under ten minutes left in this first half, a dangerous ball into the Herediano 6-yard box is jumped on by Moreira at the second attempt.|
|34'||Corner kick to the near post this time, once again a solid defensive header sends the ball up field.|
|33'||Gómez for Herediano strikes one on the edge of the box, takes a deflection once more for a corner kick.|
|31'||Both clubs have no problem keeping the ball when they get it, they just don't know what to do with it. Aguilar's effort is charged down by the Herediano defense.|
|29'||Finally some pressure from Herediano, a long range effort takes a deflection out for a corner kick. Corner is sent in deep and a solid defensive header clears the danger.|
|26'||A couple of fruity fouls from both clubs thus far, no cards shown yet from a patient referee.|
|24'||Moreira has to get down and make a smart save from a effort from distance.|
|22'||Tauro continuing to dominate proceedings, just the final ball lacking the killer instinct as we await the first chance on goal.|
|19'||Tauro with some sustained pressure inside the Herediano half, a long range effort comes in that almost catches Moreira off his line.|
|17'||Herediano win a corner kick. The busy Gómez sends the ball into the box and a towering header is well wide of the target.|
|15'||Four Colombians in Tauro’s line up tonight. Anzola (GK), Cortés, Herrera and Salazar all from the South American continent. The Tauro coach Gonzálo Soto also from Colombia.|
|12'||Gómez gets bundled to the ground and Herediano win a free kick. Gómez shoots from 25-yards, misses by a couple of feet and Tauro have a goal kick.|
|11'||Just over ten minutes gone, Tauro go on a promising break, broken down though on the edge of the box by a solid Herediano header.|
|9'||Free kick this time to Herediano from distance. Driven into the box and a glancing header is well wide.|
|7'||Straight down the other end Herediano win a corner kick, Gómez swings it in but the ball is easily cleared by Tauro.|
|6'||Tauro with a free kick that Moreira collects with ease.|
|3'||Both teams moving the ball around in midfield, Tauro win a free kick in their own half, taken short and play continues.|
|1'||Herediano get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez, in the city of Panamá for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 match between Tauro from Panama and Herediano from Costa Rica.|