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>
|25||M. Becerra (GK)|
|Coach: B. Galindo|
|90' +3||The referee blows for full time and Santos win 1-0. With this win Santos are through to the next round of the Concacaf Champions League.|
|90' +1||Estrada curls in a cross from the right flank that finds Quintero! Quintero's header is wide of the Toronto goal for a goal kick.|
|88'||Estrada volleys a shot at the back post, but his effort lacked power and Hall collects for Toronto.|
|87'||N. Lindsay enters the game and replaces R. Johnson.|
|86'||Quintero takes the shot from the free kick. Quintero's shot is just over the top of the Toronto goal for a goal kick.|
|85'||Henry is called for a foul just outside the top corner of the 18.|
|83'||Avila finds space at the back post following the corner. Avila blasts a shot that is saved by Becerra.|
|82'||D. Henry enters the game and replaces L. Silva.|
|Johnson wins a corner for Toronto on the right side.|
|79'||Avila takes the corner for Toronto, but Santos defends well and the attack comes to an end.|
|76'||A cross delivered from the left flank by Toronto is out for a goal kick.|
|73'||H. Gómez has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by M. Cárdenas.|
|Gómez controls the ball with his chest at the top of the area. Gómez turns and blasts a shot that goes past Hall into the upper left corner of the Toronto goal! Santos lead 1-0!|
|70'||A shot by Cárdenas finds its way through traffic and is cleared off the line by the Toronto defender Hall!|
|69'||M. Cárdenas enters the game and replaces C. Suárez.|
|68'||Lugo takes a shot that was headed for the top corner before Hall makes a diving save for a Santos corner.|
|67'||Quintero takes a shot from the top of the area that skips toward Hall who makes the save for Toronto.|
|64'||A. Wiedeman enters the game and replaces A. Maund.|
|Quintero curls in a delivery from the right flank, but Figueroa's diving header is off target for a goal kick.|
|61'||Ibáñez wins a corner after his cross was blocked by Hall. The corner is curled in and the Toronto keeper collects easily.|
|59'||J. Escoboza enters the game and replaces A. Martinez.|
|Quintero drives a low ball across the top of the area and Gómez takes a first time shot that goes over the Toronto goal for a goal kick.|
|58'||Quintero is fouled by Dunfield to the right of the 18 yard box.|
|56'||F. Hall gets yellow.|
|55'||Quintero's shot following the corner is off target for a Toronto goal kick.|
|54'||Hall heads the ball back to his keeper, but the Toronto keeper could not keep the ball in play for a Santos corner.|
|51'||Johnson plays a through ball to Lambe inside the 18, but the Santos defense dispossess the attacker before Lambe is called for a foul.|
|49'||A free kick kick taken by Santos at the top of the area is saved by Hall.|
|48'||The ball is swung in from the right flank by Santos. The cross finds it's way to Suarez at the back post, but his first touch lets hum down and the Toronto defense clears.|
|46'||E. Lugo enters the game and replaces B. Joya.|
|Santos kick off and the second half is underway! Santos is on the attack right away, but the flag goes up for offsides.|
|45' +2||The referee blows for half time and we are all knotted up at 0.|
|45' +1||A long shot by Salinas goes just wide of the Toronto goal.|
|44'||Quintero takes the free kick and rockets a curling shot over the top of the wall! Quintero's shot hits the post and the follow up shot by Suárez goes out for a goal kick.|
|43'||Ibáñez wins a free kick just outside the top corner of the 18 yard box.|
|42'||Santos continues to pressure and has enjoyed the majority of opportunities as the second half has gone on.|
|39'||Baloy takes a speculative shot from well out that sails over the Toronto goal.|
|36'||Santos plays the ball low to the top of the area from the free kick. The shot is blocked by the defense.|
|35'||A. Morgan gets yellow.|
|Morgan receives the yellow for pulling down Gómez on the right flank.|
|34'||Dunfield swings in a free kick that Santos clears successfully.|
|33'||T. Dunfield gets yellow.|
|31'||The corner is defended by Toronto.|
|30'||Joya delivers a cross towards Gómez, but Eckersley cuts out the delivery for a corner.|
|28'||Suárez breaks down the left flank and delivers a cross that is blocked by the Toronto defender for a Santos throw in.|
|25'||The last time these two met, Santos grabbed a 3-1 victory at Toronto.|
|22'||Dunfield delivers the free kick but Baloy heads the ball at the top of the Santos area to break up the attack.|
|21'||Baloy is called for a foul on Johnson in a dangerous area at the top of the area.|
|19'||Suárez swings in a corner for Santos that is cleared by the Toronto defense.|
|18'||A ball sent over the top finds Lambe behind the defense! Lambe blasts his shot directly at Becerra who makes the save!|
|15'||Johnson heads a ball delivered by Lambe from the left flank! Johnson's header is wide for a Santos goal kick.|
|11'||Santos wins a corner and the follow up chance after the corner is a shot from the top of the area that goes high and wide.|
|10'||Lambe cuts a cross back to the top of the area and Toronto has a shot that is blocked by the defense! Santos is on the counter and Hall makes the save in a one-on-one inside the area!|
|7'||Toronto swings in the corner, but the defense clears successfully.|
|6'||Johnson breaks behind the defense and is onside! Becerrea makes the save for a Toronto corner.|
|5'||Suárez breaks down the right flank for Santos, but can't keep the ball in play for a Toronto goal kick.|
|3'||Dunfield takes a shot from the top of the area, but doesn't connect well and the shot goes wide right of Becerra's goal.|
|1'||Toronto kick off and this game is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Nuevo Corona in Torreón for this Group 1 match between Santos Laguna and Toronto FC. Your official for tonight’s game is Héctor Rodriguez of Honduras.|