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>
|20||D. Cambronero (GK)|
|Coach: C. Jara|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and no additional scoring in this second half. Herediano run out 2-1 winners and top group 2 with 9 points.|
|90' +1||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|90'||Tauro send in a teasing cross which almost produces a chance at the death for the Panamanians.|
|89'||Play is stopped while two players receive treatment for a clash of heads in center field.|
|88'||The resulting corner is into the near post and Tauro clear with ease.|
|87'||Angulo free kick is punched out for a corner by Villareal.|
|86'||Herediano win a free kick just outside the 18-yard box.|
|85'||Just over 5 minutes left in this one and Herediano still hold the slender 2-1 advantage.|
|83'||Tauro launch a half hearted attack which Herediano soon close down. Nothing doing for the Panama outfit in this second half.|
|80'||I. Olmedo enters the game and replaces C. Salazar.|
|79'||M. Angulo gets yellow.|
|Herediano break again, this time a good challenge inside the Tauro box thwarts the attack.|
|75'||Good goal scoring opportunities hard to come by as Herediano press for a third goal.|
|74'||M. Díaz enters the game and replaces E. Pérez.|
|72'||Play is still a little stop and start, decent ball from Angulo into the Tauro box, Cubero has a strike that Villareal saves well.|
|70'||R. Martínez enters the game and replaces Basto Urriola.|
|69'||Herediano make a substitution and he almost finds Pérez inside the 6-yard box before the referee blows for off side.|
|68'||E. Ramírez enters the game and replaces E. Aguilar.|
|66'||E. Aguilar gets yellow.|
|Pérez breaks forward with plenty of open space before him, he gets closed down though and Tauro can clear. Aguilar receives a yellow card for Herediano for a push inside the box.|
|63'||C. Hernández enters the game and replaces Ó. Granados.|
|62'||Tauro loop in a free kick that finds a head but Cambronero catches well.|
|60'||This is Tauro’s fourth match in Group 2 tonight, their previous three matches all ended in defeat and they have failed to score in all three of their matches.|
|57'||Herediano send in a corner kick which Villareal palms away.|
|56'||Herediano with some sustained pressure as they try and find the decisive goal which will give them some breathing space.|
|53'||Herediano have an effort from outside the box blocked by a defender.|
|52'||J. Cubero gets yellow.|
|Cubero receives a yellow card for a high challenge on Pareja.|
|48'||Tauro have started the more positive in this second half.|
|46'||I. Díaz enters the game and replaces M. Vargas.|
|Herediano get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||The referee blows for half time and Herediano go into the break 2-1 up thanks to goals from Salazar on 9 minutes and Pérez on 37 minutes, in between those goals Aguilar scored on 19 minutes for Tauro.|
|45'||Tauro with a decent chance and Cambronero makes a good save and collects the ball at the second attempt.|
|43'||The foul count continues to grow and silly fouls are being committed in all areas of the pitch.|
|41'||J. Marmolejo gets yellow.|
|Marmolejo now goes into the book for a clumsy challenge.|
|37'||Goal Herediano. Angulo with the free kick which Villareal punches out to Pérez who has the simplest of tap-ins.|
|36'||E. Pérez has scored a goal for Herediano!|
|35'||Herediano with two quick corners in succession come to nothing.|
|34'||Angulo with a free kick into the heart of the Tauro box, a good defensive header clears the danger.|
|33'||Game getting a little chippy as we move into the final fifteen minutes of this first half.|
|32'||Sánchez with a high boot into the chest of Marmolejo, referee on this occasion does not produce a card.|
|30'||Obando receives a yellow card for a studs up challenge on Urriola.|
|29'||M. Obando gets yellow.|
|28'||Sánchez tries his luck from 25-yards out, the ball takes an awkward bounce but Villareal collects.|
|24'||Tauro giving it a go here, another corner, this time taken short is cleared. That was Tauro's first goal in this seasons Champions League.|
|22'||M. Vargas gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Vargas for a high challenge on Cubero.|
|19'||Goal Tauro. Corner kick comes into the box and a right old scramble ends with Aguilar slotting home.|
|18'||E. Aguilar has scored a goal for Tauro!|
|17'||Tauro win another corner kick which Cambronero takes cleanly. Herediano break quickly and Angulo's effort is gathered by Villareal at the second attempt.|
|15'||Aguilar chests the ball down inside the Tauro box and balloons his effort over the bar.|
|14'||Aguilar and Pérez clash heads in midfield, the Costa Rica player coming off the worst.|
|12'||Tauro win a corner kick which causes a scramble inside the Herediano box, they finally clear the danger up field.|
|10'||Herediano on the attack straight away, a shot is saved well by Villareal.|
|9'||Goal Herediano. Salazar does one of those cheeky chips from the spot, Villareal almost gets a hand to it but it's in the back of the net.|
|8'||Penalty goal scored by P. Salazar for Herediano!|
|Penalty to Herediano. Dasent handles inside the area.|
|5'||This is Herediano’s third match in Group 2 tonight, their previous two matches ended in 1-0 victories over Real Salt Lake and Tauro respectively.|
|1'||Tauro get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero, Heredia for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 match between Herediano from Costa Rica and Tauro from Panama.|