Toluca, the Diablos Rojos, beat host Cruz Azul, 2-0, on Thursday in the first leg of the Apertura 2008 final with first-half goals by Paulo Da Silva
and Sergio Amaury Ponce
A fine cross by Mexican international Antonio Naelson "Sinha,"
a naturalized Brazilian, set up Paraguayan defender Paulo Da Silva
headed goal in the 14th minute. Amaury Ponce
connected seven minutes later with a precise free kick.
Sinha orchestrated attacks from the midfield while Argentine Martín
and Israel López
broke down Cruz Azul attacks, which failed to test Toluca keeper Hernán Cristante
, although defender Edgar Dueñas
shot off the goal line in stoppage time and Jaime Lozano
's volley in the final seconds nicked the crossbar.
Toluca is undefeated in its last 10 games,
during which it conceded only one goal, by Santos' American Edgar Castillo
in a 2-1 semifinal win. The second leg takes place on Sunday.