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||C. Valdés (GK)|
|Coach: M. Mansilla|
|90' +4||Goal Monterrey. Easy for the Mexicans, Cardozo with a simple ball inside the box finds Madrigal and he makes no mistake from 8-yards. 6-0 to Monterrey is indeed the final score as the referee blows for full time.|
|90' +3||G. Madrigal has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by N. Cardozo.|
|90' +1||Vásquez and Suazo clash in center field with the Panamanian taking a knock to his face.|
|90'||Three additional minutes to this second half.|
|89'||Rojas tries to make amends for his yellow by striking one from just outside the Monterrey box, however, its too high to trouble Ibarra.|
|87'||Yellow card for Chorrillo's Rojas for a cynical trip.|
|86'||A. Rojas gets yellow.|
|James jostles for space on the edge of the 18-yard box, his shot is blocked as Chorrillo still press for a consolation goal.|
|83'||Chorrillo send in a corner kick which is dealt with by the Monterrey defense. Another shot from outside the box from Chrrillo is just over the bar.|
|81'||Long periods of possession from Chrrillo ends in a disappointing cross that is ballooned over the bar.|
|78'||Mansilla still barking out orders from the sidelines to encourage his Panamanian outfit. fair play to the Central Americans they are still plugging away.|
|76'||E. Mitre gets yellow.|
|75'||Chorrillo still battling away to their credit. A long distance effort has Ibarra saving well down to his left.|
|72'||G. Moreno enters the game and replaces J. Corona.|
|71'||Just a reminder that Monterrey have already qualified for the quarter finals of this tournament. Chorrillo were already eliminated before tonight's match.|
|68'||Madrigal almost breaks clear for Monterrey, a good defensive tackle comes in and the play is broken up.|
|67'||F. Vence enters the game and replaces S. Moreno.|
|66'||J. Corona gets yellow.|
|G. Madrigal enters the game and replaces A. Carreño.|
|Yellow card to Corona for pulling the shirt of his opponent.|
|65'||Monterrey have the ball in the back of the net, but Suazo's through ball sent the offside flag up and play was brought back.|
|62'||Moreno sends in a cross for Chorrillo that finds Álvarez at the back post, his sliding effort is just wide and Ibarra picks up a knock during that passage of play.|
|61'||Monterrey strolling to victory tonight, 5-0 up on the night.|
|58'||N. Cardozo has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by C. De la Peña.|
|Goal Monterrey. Cardozo with his first touch since coming on beats Valdés after latching onto a superb ball over the top of the defense from De la Peña.|
|57'||N. Cardozo enters the game and replaces W. Ayoví.|
|53'||Suazo this time turns provider with a defense splitting through ball, Carreño chips his effort over the advancing keeper but the ball drifts wide.|
|50'||H. Suazo has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by A. Carreño.|
|Goal Monterrey. Too easy for Monterrey, Carreño with a run into the box and a simple square ball to Suazo has the Chilean making no mistake from 8-yards.|
|47'||A great strike from Chorrillo whistles past Ibarra's right post, Suazo repays the compliment at the end as his effort is equally close.|
|46'||J. Ruiz enters the game and replaces R. Addles.|
|Monterrey get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Referee blows for half time and Monterrey comfortably in front 3-0 thanks to goals from Carreño, Suazo and Corona.|
|43'||Chorrillo hit the post. Mitre gets on the end of a hopeful ball inside the box and strikes the post with his effort.|
|41'||J. Álvarez gets yellow.|
|Álvarez for Chorrillo receives a yellow card for pulling back his opponent.|
|40'||Monterrey playing the ball around with an arrogance. Chorrillo looking a little down in the dumps at this juncture.|
|36'||Rojas dribbles the ball through to the edge of the 18-yard box, his final effort is disappointing though and Monterrey win a goal kick.|
|35'||Corner comes to nothing as Monterrey continue to dominate proceedings.|
|34'||Another defense splitting ball has the Chorrillo defense at sixes and sevens, the ball is eventually bundled out for a corner kick.|
|31'||J. Álvarez enters the game and replaces A. Phillips.|
|This could be a long night for the Panamanians as we enter the final fifteen minutes of this first half.|
|28'||J. Corona has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by Luis López.|
|Goal Monterrey. López this time with the perfect cross into the path of Corona who lifts the ball over an advancing Valdés.|
|25'||H. Suazo has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by J. Corona.|
|Goal Monterrey. Corona with some trickery out on the right flank creates some space, his cross is met first time by Suazo who buries the ball in the back of the net.|
|24'||Monterrey putting together some meaningful attacks, but the Chorrillo defense standing firm.|
|21'||The game has become a little scrappy, Chorrillio still in it though and pressing forward at every opportunity.|
|17'||Chorrillo again forge a chance, this time the shot is deflected out for a corner kick. The corner kick is delivered in and Monterrey are able to clear their lines.|
|15'||Chorrillo open up a decent chance with a Phillips's effort just wide of the post.|
|11'||A. Carreño has scored a goal for Monterrey!|
|Goal Monterrey. A harmless looking cross has two Chorrillo defenders confused and the ball falls to Carreño who slots home.|
|8'||Chorrillo with a decent start to this game as James brings down Ayoví in midfield.|
|5'||Monterrey press forward as Suazo goes down inside the box, referee waves play on.|
|4'||Monterrey already through to the quarter finals thanks to three wins in group 7 thus far.|
|1'||The first half gets underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez, Ciudad de Panamá for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 7 match between Chorrillo from Panama and Monterrey from Mexico.|