[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
The venue changed, but the flow of play and result didn't. Cruz Azul -- leading its quarterfinal series with Mexico City rival UNAM, 1-0,
from the first leg - dominated Pumas on their own field, and took the second leg by the same 1-0 score Wednesday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Not until Cristian Riveros
scored a spectacular goal in the 86th minute did Cruz Azul erase all doubt regarding the outcome, yet Pumas seldom gave their home fans much to shout about and seldom threatened.
With the 2-0 aggregate win, Cruz Azul advanced to the semifinals to play either Montreal Impact or Santos Laguna, which play their second leg Thursday (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, TeleFutura)
in Torreon, Mexico. Los Cementeros also extended their unbeaten streak against UNAM to eight games.
UNAM keeper Alejandro Palacios
labored through several shaky moments as Cruz
Azul cut open his defense numerous times. In the first half, Luis Angel Landin
broke through on the left side to fire a shot just wide of the far post, and first-leg scorer Jaime
bounced a header on frame that Palacios bobbled but managed to keep out. The goalie also batted away a Lozano free kick early in the second half.
Constant Cruz Azul attacks
paid off in the final minutes when a fatigued UNAM, playing its sixth game in less than three weeks, crumbled again and Edgar Enrique Martini
glided clear to hit a clever back-heel to
Riveros, who easily belted it past Palacios.