Guadalajara is taking a one-goal advantage home for the second leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League final after topping Toronto FC 2-1 Tuesday night at BMO Field.
It was a dream start for Guadalajara, getting an early goal to calm the nerves. After a throw-in, Isaac Brizuela had the ball played right back to him. The Chivas winger controlled with his chest and put in a cross which one teammate avoided and Rodolfo Pizarro smashed into the back of the net with his first touch.
The home side was level in the 19th minute after a team move resulted in the fourth goal for Jonathan Osorio this tournament. Sebastian Giovinco held off a defender to find Jozy Altidore, who sent a through ball to Marco Delgado. Delgado crossed to the back post where the Canadian international finished.
Toronto had a pair of chances just after the half-hour mark but neither Altidore nor Osorio could put their shots past Chivas goalkeeper Miguel Jimenez.
The second half saw each team control portions of the contest, but it was the visiting team able to take home the win.
Chivas forward Alan Pulido set up over a set piece to goalkeeper Alex Bono's right. Whether the ball he sent in was meant to be a shot or a cross, it flummoxed Bono and floated into the top corner of the net.
Each side will still feel it can be the first club to lift the new trophy with the deciding leg taking place Wednesday, April 25.