America wins CONCACAF Champions Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Cuauhtemoc Blanco will play for a world championship - the Club World Championship.

Mexico City:

Cuauhtemoc Blanco will play for a world championship - the Club World Championship. Blanco's America won the CONCACAF Champions Cup, beating Mexican rival Toluca and will represent the region in December at the Club World Championship in Japan. Blanco was left out of the Mexican squad for the World Cup, stirring controversy among his supporters and detractors. America's 2-1 extra time win over Toluca was overshadowed by disputed refereeing and a scuffle between players. The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw. After finishing Wednesday's game 0-0, Paulo Da Silva gave Toluca the early lead in the third minute of extra time. Kleber Boas tied the score in the 105th minute, but the replay showed the Brazilian forward clearly offside on the play. Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante vehemently protested the play and drew a yellow card, and Toluca coach Americo Gallegos erupted on the touchline. The protest became a fight between players, and two were ejected. America won with a Duilio Davino goal in the 114th minute. ''Big help,'' read Thursday's Reforma newspaper, in clear reference to the referee's error in Kleber's goal. It was America's fifth CONCACAF Champions Cup title, first since 1992, and ended a two-year reign by teams from Costa Rica. America will face the champions from Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania in Japan. (AP)

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