On Wednesday against Cruz Azul in Concacaf Champions League group play, the Columbus Crew experienced the same situation they faced on Sunday against the Chicago Fire, trailing 2-0 before the halftime
break. Against Chicago, the Crew managed to scrap their way back into the game to salvage a 2-2 tie. Against Cruz Azul, however, the Crew couldn't find a way through.
created more chances today in the second half than we did in Chicago," Crew coach Robert Warzycha
said. The Crew mounted increasing pressure on Cruz Azul in the second half, but
missed opportunities and timely saves from goalkeeper Yosgart Gutierrez
preserved the 2-0 lead. "Our guys gave a good account of themselves," Crew technical director
said. "They were generating chances but didn't get one to fall with a couple of balls off the post. You're always disappointed when you lose. You can always
point out a play here or there when you lose that we should have done better and was the tipping point for the result but overall man-for-man we gave a good account of ourselves. That's a smart
team. When they were up 2-0 they knew how to kill a game off."
After Pablo Zeballos
gave Cruz Azul the lead in the 14th minute and Alejandro Vela
added an important insurance goal in the 39th the visitors were happy to bend but not break. "We did enough to merit the win," Cruz Azul coach Enrique Meza
did a lot offensively but we did enough defensively. We defended well despite the offensive intensity they were coming with and the domination they had at the end. Our defense and our goalkeeper did
very well. We lost the ball but a lot of it was due to the pressure they had but we were able to withstand that." The Crew (2-2) remains in second place in the group with six points, two
ahead of Saprissa of Costa Rica. The teams meet Tuesday in Columbus, where the Crew can clinch the final qualifying spot for the next round with a win.
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