Toluca 2, Alajuelense 0 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap
Liga MX outfit Toluca became the first team to book their ticket to the final of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League, registering a 2-0 home win over Costa Rica's Alajuelense in their semifinal second leg and taking the series, 3-0, on aggregate.
Alajuelense offered some stern early resistance, forcing a great diving stop out of Toluca 'keeper Alfredo Talavera in the first half, but were punished in the 35th minute after right back Kevin Sancho coughed up the ball to Toluca winger Carlos Esquivel, who drove into the area and finished strongly.
The local side got their second, putting the series beyond doubt, in the 62nd minute when Juan Manuel Salgueiro put away a rebound for his first career CCL goal. Alajuelense then finished the game with 10 men when, four minutes later, forward Jonathan McDonald saw straight red for a flailing elbow on a Toluca player.
The Diablos Rojos, who knocked out the San Jose Earthquakes out of the competition on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, will face the winner of Wednesday's Cruz Azul-Tijuana matchup (8 pm ET, Fox Sports 2), with Tijuana holding a 1-0 aggregate lead heading to Mexico City.