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||J. Orozco (GK)|
|16||C. De la Peña|
|Coach: V. Vucetich|
|90' +3||Substitute referee Andino whistles for full time and Monterrey advance to the quarter finals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League following a very deserved 3-0 win over Municipal.|
|90' +1||There will be four more minutes to play.|
|89'||A Municipal corner kick, their second in this match - against ten for Monterrey - is headed away by a defender.|
|88'||The corner leads to nothing but Monterrey don't need long to launch their next attack. Municipal clear this one however.|
|87'||Corner kick to Monterrey.|
|85'||J. Castillo enters the game and replaces Y. Arias.|
|Delgado makes his third and final change.|
|84'||Monterrey are on their way to the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions League and will look to continue their road to the final and attempt to win their third CCL title in a row.|
|82'||G. Madrigal enters the game and replaces A. Carreño.|
|81'||N. Cardozo has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by S. Pérez.|
|Goal Monterrey. The Mexicans make it 3-0 as Pérez crosses from the right side of the area and the ball ends up in front of Neri Cardozo. The midfielder makes no mistake from close range.|
|80'||Municipal manager Delgado makes his second change. Both teams now have one substitution left.|
|79'||J. Valenzuela enters the game and replaces M. Rodríguez.|
|Substitute Reyna launches a powerful shot from outside the area but sends it just wide of the right post.|
|78'||Garcia is next to try a shot for Monterrey but the defender misses the target.|
|77'||The second corner kick lacks precision and crosses the line before even reaching the goal.|
|76'||Corner kick to Monterrey as a Municipal defender only just manages to clear a Meza cross. The set-piece leads to a second corner kick.|
|74'||Reminder: The third team in this group is Chorillo of Panama. Chorillo haven't earned any points from their first three games and were as such already eliminated.|
|71'||Monterrey coach Vucetich makes a double substitution.|
|70'||N. Cardozo enters the game and replaces W. Ayoví.|
|Á. Reyna enters the game and replaces J. Corona.|
|A referee substitution will be needed here. Pineda can't continue and Andino replaces him for the final part of the match.|
|67'||Referee Pineda seems to be having some hamstring issues and is currently receiving treatment.|
|65'||Penedo returns to his usual heroism in this game, this time getting in the way of a Corona effort from close range.|
|64'||Municipal have yet to deliver a shot on goal in this game, against nine shots on goal for Monterrey so far.|
|62'||Monterrey are in complete control. The ball has hardly left Municipal's half in the last ten minutes.|
|59'||Ayoví tries a shot from distance but the South American sends it just wide of the target.|
|56'||Monterrey are hungry for more and at the current rate, Municipal look unable to do anything about their situation.|
|53'||P. Solorzano is unfortunate, scores an own goal!|
|Goal Monterrey. The Mexicans finally get their second goal thanks to a mistake by Penedo who misses a low cross into the box and sees it deflected into the goal by a rather innocent Solorzano.|
|52'||Ayoví takes the free kick and his effort forces Penedo to make yet another spectacular save. The following corner kick comes to nothing.|
|51'||Monterrey continue to attack and earn a free kick in a dangerous spot, almost right in front of the goal.|
|50'||Yet another great save by Penedo as he blocks a powerful volley from Corona.|
|48'||If Monterrey win tonight, they will be the third team to reach 20 victories in the CONCACAF Champions League after Cruz Azul and Santos Laguna.|
|46'||D. Oliva enters the game and replaces Leandrinho.|
|The second half gets underway. Municipal made their first change, hoping for better in the coming 45 minutes.|
|45' +1||It's half time in Monterrey where the home team have a deserved 1-0 lead over Municipal.|
|45'||Arguably the biggest chance Municipal have had in this first half. A cross is provided from the left wing and a forward almost gets to it but Monterrey's defense clears.|
|42'||The end of the first half is nearing and things would have to change for Municipal in the second half if the Guatemalans want to have any chance of making a difference in this match.|
|40'||Pérez with just another effort on goal, this time from further out. Again, Penedo blocks it. The goalkeeper has been extremely valuable for Municipal so far.|
|39'||The free kick earned by Carreño is swung into the box and punched away by Penedo.|
|38'||C. Albizuris gets yellow.|
|Pérez almost finds a way through Municipal's defense but the ball is cleared just in time. Seconds later, Alvizuris fouls Carreño on the left wing and is yellow-carded.|
|36'||Monterrey are taking things a little easier now, giving Municipal some more breathing space.|
|33'||Municipal's Trujillo tries a shot from distance but it's deflected and doesn't threaten Monterrey's goal. The following corner kick leads to nothing.|
|32'||Carreño thinks to be on his way to a second goal but the forward is judged to be off-side by the referee.|
|31'||Finally a calmer phase for Municipal after surviving six major chances in six minutes.|
|28'||A bit of pressure from Municipal now but it doesn't seem to worry the home side.|
|26'||Yet another opportunity for the Mexicans to make it two. Ayoví strikes from far out but Penedo once again gets in the way.|
|25'||Five chances in five minutes for Monterrey. Ayoví gets the ball from Carreño but then finds Penedo in his way.|
|24'||Goalkeeper Penedo needs to make yet another save as he successfully parries a shot in the aftermath of the corner.|
|23'||Yet another opportunity for Monterrey. This time, Pérez tries his luck from the side of the penalty area but it's deflected for a corner kick.|
|22'||Corona with some impressive work, struggling past several defenders in the box before having his effort from close range blocked by the goalkeeper.|
|21'||Monterrey get close to a second goal as Carreño almost receives a pass in the area with only the goalkeeper in front, but a defender gets in between.|
|18'||Municipal's record against Mexican sides gives little reason for optimism. So far, the Guatemalans recorded two draws and three defeats.|
|16'||Monterrey want a penalty as Solís goes down in the area but referee Pineda saw a correct tackle.|
|15'||Municipal will now need two goals to avoid being eliminated from the tournament.|
|13'||A. Carreño has scored a goal for Monterrey!|
|Goal Monterrey. The Mexicans take an early lead as Carreño latches onto a through-ball and beats a few defenders before slotting past the goalkeeper.|
|11'||These two sides previously met on August 29th with Monterrey winning 1-0 away from home. Humberto Suazo, who is not in the line-up tonight, scored the only goal in that game.|
|8'||Corner kick to Monterrey. It's swung into the box and causes some panic but the ball is eventually cleared by the defense.|
|7'||Monterrey have won all of their last six home games in this tournament and kept the opposing team from scoring in the last three.|
|5'||No chances in the opening five minutes. Municipal will need the goal slightly more than their opponents as a draw is enough for reigning champions Monterrey to advance.|
|3'||Monterrey and Municipal currently share the top spot in this group. However, for Municipal tonight's game will be their final encounter in the group phase while Monterrey still have a match ahead.|
|1'||Monterrey get the first half under way.|
|Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's CONCACAF Champions League group stage game between Monterrey and Municipal. The venue for this encounter is Monterrey's Estadio Tecnológico.|