Chivas Guadalajara has become the second Mexican team to reach the final of the Libertadores Cup, thanks to a 2-0 road victory over Universidad de Chile that gave Chivas a 3-1 aggregate win.
Mexican clubs started competing in South America's most prestigious club competition in 1998. Cruz Azul lost in the 2001 final to Boca Juniors on penalty kicks. Chivas reached the semifinals in 2005 and 2006.
Last year, Chivas and fellow Mexican club San Luis withdrew from the Libertadores Cup when their opponents declined to travel to Mexico for second-round games because of the H1N1 flu outbreak. The Mexican soccer federation announced their teams would not take part in the future, but the dispute was patched up and two teams were given automatic places in the last 16 of this year’s tournament as compensation.