- Winners will advance to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
- Tigres are the fifth side in the history of the competition to make back-to-back finals
- Three-time Club World Cup participants Pachuca are contesting their first CONCACAF Champions League final in seven years
Tigres and Pachuca are the two sides who will fight it out for the right to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017, with the Mexican duo facing off in the first leg of the region’s Champions League final on Tuesday evening.
Runners-up in the competition last year, Tigres checked into their second final in a row after disposing of Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 on aggregate, and will host the first leg against a Pachuca side that saw off FC Dallas 4-3 over two legs in the other semi-final.
It promises to be an exciting occasion. Boasting a formidable attack spearheaded by Andre-Pierre Gignac, Los Felinos head into the tie full of confidence after recording respective 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM in the league. Meanwhile, Los Tuzos have the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League in their ranks: explosive young striker Hirving Lozano, who has eight goals to his name.
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Did you know?
- This is the seventh all-Mexican CONCACAF Champions League final
- Tigres have racked up 17 goals en route to the final. Last year they managed only ten, the fewest goals by a finalist in the history of the competition
- Pachuca are looking to make the Club World Cup for a fourth time, which would take them clear of Monterrey as the Mexican side with most appearances in the competition