Jesus Corona cleared to play in CONCACAF Champions League final

Cruz Azul's appeal was successful and the shot stopper will be available for Wednesday's final against Toluca.

Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona will be able to play in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against Toluca on Wednesday, having had a suspension against him rescinded.

Corona received a three-game ban after he was sent off during a brawl at the end of the second leg of the semifinal against Tijuana, but the CONCACAF Appeals Committee announced Tuesday that the suspension would be reduced to one game, which the goalkeeper has already served.

After reviewing video footage, testimony and reports of the incident, the committee said that it did not find “sufficient evidence” to warrant an additional two-game ban on top of the automatic one-game suspension for a straight red card. Having sat out the first leg of final, which ended goalless at the Estadio Azul last week, Corona is now eligible for the return game in La Bombonera.

The Cruz Azul goalkeeper received further good news on Tuesday, when national team coach Miguel Herrera told Mexican sports daily Record that he favors Corona over Guillermo Ochoa, his main rival for a starting place at the World Cup.

“I like Corona better,” Herrera said, when asked which goalkeeper he prefers. Herrera explained that he felt that Ochoa was not comfortable enough with the ball at his feet, although he admitted that the Ajaccio shot stopper has recently improved that aspect of his game.

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