With goals from Nemeth, Gerso and Sanchez the Sporting Kansas City team has half a ticket secured to the next round of CONCACAF Champions League.
Por: Luis Carlos Gutierrez & Carlos Chicas
Fotos: Sporting KC
Football has returned to the ‘Blue Hell’. Peter Vermes and Sporting KC Squad received Toluca in a match for the Concacaf Champions League.
A match where the home team came from a good pre-season and the Mexican team going through a string of poor results. In the last 3 matches Toluca had only 1 point out of 9 possible. This was the moment for the boys of Hernan Cristante to take control of their bad situation.
The first half started slow for both Toluca and Sporting KC. At times the home team controlled and was more aggressive. In the first 15 minutes Toluca had good opportunities to put the ball in the net, but the offense could finished. Krisztian Nemeth of Sporting KC also brushed the crossbar of Talavera’s goal.
In the 21st minute, Toluca made a forced substitution as the Argentine striker, Triverio was injured and replaced by Gigliotti. In the 35th minute, Nemeth, after a confusion between the “choriceros” defenders scored a goal to gain the lead as Sporting KC was the better team at the moment.
Starting the second half, Gigliotti for Toluca had a clear opportunity that he sent over the goal of Melia. Minutes later the most incisive player Gerso Fernandes, scored the second goal of the night after a great collective play.
With 17 minutes left for the final whistle, Illie Sánchez scored a great goal from outside the box that sentenced the game and gave Sporting KC the 3-0 lead heading to Mexico City for the second leg game next week.
At the press conference, Hernand Cristante Technical Director for Toluca said “No, the weather can be a great excuse but we were wrong with the ball, not with the weather. We were bad on the pitch, not with the weather. We were wrong in the completion of the plays, not with the weather. We had the situations to be able to win the match but we were not certain and the same happened to us in defense “.
Peter Vermes, Sporting KC Head Coach said “I am very proud of my players, they showed desire and always together. We know that the game in Toluca will be difficult because of the height”.
The second leg will be played at the Nemesio Díez Stadium on February 28th at 9:P.M. where the red devils of Toluca will seek to reverse the adverse score.