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March 19, 2014 10:00 PM EDT
Estadio Azul — Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee:‬ W. Lopez‎
 
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Cruz Azul 5-1 Sporting Kansas City (5-2 aggregate): Pavone hat trick shames MLS champions

Sporting Kansas City was blown apart by Mario Pavone and Cruz Azul in the Champions League quarterfinals.

By Keith Hickey

Mariano Pavone, Cruz Azul
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Cruz Azul started early and didn't let up, smashing five goals past Sporting Kansas City, with only one in reply from the reigning Major League Soccer champions. Mariano Pavone led the way with a hat trick.

The home side got off to a roaring start, Pavone wiping out KC's narrow first-leg lead with a strike in just the second minute.

He picked up his second in the 23rd minute, pouncing on a spilled shot to tap home and give his side the aggregate advantage.

Benny Feilhaber brought the Major League Soccer side back into the game with a strike just before halftime, firing a low shot from outside the area just inside the far post.

But Pavone was just too much for Sporting. The striker met a low Sergio Napoles cross with a near post run and hit a first-time shot to restore Cuz Azul's overall lead not long after the restart.

Cruz Azul put itself out of reach in the 65th minute. Marco Fabian did brilliantly on the left to get down the wing and cut back to Pavone, and although Pavone's shot was blocked, Mauro Formica cleaned up on the rebound to make it 4-2 on aggregate.

Christian Gimenez piled on the misery a few minutes later, collecting a forward header and sliding a deft finish past Eric Kronberg.


Cruz Azul

1
J. Corona
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
J. Domínguez
Defender
 - 
14
L. Perea
Defender
 - 
15
G. Flores
Defender
 - 
6
Gerardo Torrado
Midfielder
 - 
10
Christian Giménez
Midfielder
70′ 89′
 - 
10
Mauro Formica
Midfielder
66′ 70′
 - 
8
M. Fabián
Striker
86′
 - 
20
Pavone
Striker
2′ 23′ 55′ 83′
 - 
24
J. Rojas
Striker
2′
 - 
-
S. Nápoles
Striker
55′ 81′
 - 

Sporting Kansas City

 - 
18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
51′
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
4
Kevin Ellis
Defender
46′
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
48′
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
72′
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
43′ 73′
 - 
10
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
89′
 - 
31
 - 
16
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder

Substitutes

-
G. Allison
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
48
D. Stringel
Defender
81′
 - 
10
A. Emaná
Midfielder
 - 
-
R. Fernández
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
-
I. Valadez
Striker
83′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
24
 - 
78
 - 
11
 - 
14
 - 
17

Coach/Manager

-
L. Tena
Coach
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
5 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0