CONCACAF Champions Cup: Necaxa advances to FIFA Club World Championship

Necaxa of Mexico advanced to the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Alajuela of Costa Rica in the blistering 100-plus degree temperatures yesterday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Necaxa, after after claiming CONCACAF Champions Cup Title, earns one of eight spots in the prestigious tournament as representatives of The Football Confederation (formerly CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football). Alex Aguinaga completed his tournament MVP performance with a flying scissor-kick volley from 10 yards out on a perfectly placed cross from the ubiquitous Edgar David Oliva to tie the score at 1-1. The winning goal came in the 66th minute for Necaxa after tournament goal leader Agustin Delgado hit a cross from the left wing that was redirected on goal by Oliva. Oliva's touch deflected off Alajuela goalkeeper Alvaro Messen to the center of the goalkeeper area where an onrushing Sergio Vasquez slammed it home. Alajuela jumped out in front on a 35th-minute penalty kick goal from Josef Miso, after the forward was tripped at the edge of the penalty area by Necaxa defender Jaime Hernandez. The Costa Rican club could have went ahead 2-1 just one minute after the ejection of Necaxa midfielder German Villa in the 56th minute, but Josef Miso missed a penalty kick after being fouled a second time in the box by Hernandez. In the third place match, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire shared honors after a spirited 2-2 draw which saw the Fire come from two goals down in the second half behind strikes from Ante Razov and Jesse Marsch. D.C. United got goals from A.J. Wood and Antonio Otero to jump ahead 2-0. Game Report CONCACAF Champions Cup Final Oct. 3 in Las Vegas Alajuela (Costa Rica) 1 Necaxa (Mexico) 2. Goals: Josef Miso pen. 35; Alex Aguinaga (Edgar David Oliva) 47, Sergio Vazquez (Edgar David Oliva) 66. Half: 1-0 . Att.: 9,763 Alajuela-- Alvaro Murillo, Javier Delgado, Luis Diego Arnaez, Wilmer Lopez, Wilson Muºoz (Pablo Izaguirre, 69), Josef Miso, Enrique Smith, Harold Wallace, Sandro Alfaro (Carlos Castro, 52nd; Heriberto Quiros, 80th), Edson Luis Valente, Pablo Chinchilla. Necaxa-- Hugo Pineda, Salvador Cabrera, Sergio Almaguer, Jose Montes de Oca, Alex Aguinaga, Agustin Delgado, Hernan Vigna, German Villa, Edgar David Oliva (Ignacio Ambriz, 88th), Sergio Vazquez, Jaime Hernandez. Yellow cards: Necaxa: Jose Luis Montes de Oca 27, Hugo Pineda 58. Red Cards: Necaxa: German Villa 56. Referee: Jose Farias. Assistants: Hector Vergara, Arnufo Gonzalez. FIFA Club World Championship draw on October 14 in Brazil The draw for the first edition of the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil from January 5-14, 2000, will take place at the Golden Room of the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro on October 14, 1999. The eight participating teams will be divided into two groups of four with the group winners meeting in the final and the group runners-up meeting in the third place match.
Region Club Qualified
TFC Necaxa (Mexico) Winner of the 1999 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
AFC: Al-Nasr (Saudi Arabia) Winner of the 1998 Asian Super Cup.
CAF: --TBD-- Winner of the African Champions' League 1999 (decided 12/12/99).
CONMEBOL: Vasco da Gama (Brazil) Winner of the 1998 Copa Libertadores.
OFC: South Melbourne (Australia) Winner of 1999 Oceania Champions Cup.
UEFA: Manchester United (England) Winner of the 1999 Champions' League.
Toyota Cup: Real Madrid (Spain) Winner of 1998 Toyota Cup.
Brazil: Corinthians (Brazil) Champions of Brazilian League (host country).
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