Cruz Azul beats Arabe Unido 1-0
Friday 12, Mar 2010

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP)—Cristian Riveros’ header in the 69th minute earned Mexico’s Cruz Azul a 1-0 victory over Arabe Unido of Panama in the first-leg quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday.

After a slow first half, the Panama team attacked more in the second but it was the Mexican club which took advantage of the few scant chances in the match.

The return leg is Wednesday in Mexico City.

Cruz Azul played without some of its top players, including Gerardo Torrado and Argentines Emanuel Villa and Maximiliano Biancucchi, who were rested for league play this weekend.

In the three other first-leg quarterfinals earlier in the week, Mexico’s Toluca and Columbus Crew drew 2-2 in Ohio, Marathon defeated Mexico’s Pumas 2-0 in Honduras, and Comunicaciones of Guatemala had a 1-1 draw at home to Mexico’s Pachuca.

In the semifinals, the Columbus-Toluca winner faces the winner between Comunicaciones-Pachuca. Marathon or Pumas will face Arabe Unido or Cruz Azul.

It is possible for all four Mexican teams to reach the semifinals.

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