Latin America

Atlante defeats Cruz Azul in first leg

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MEXICO CITY (AP)

Atlante scored two first half goals to defeat fellow Mexican club Cruz Azul 2-0 on Wednesday in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final series. The second leg will be April 29 in Cancun, with the winner of the home-and-away series qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup in December at Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Fernando Navarro opened the scoring for Atlante in the 17th minute at Estadio Azul in Mexico City, and Christian Bermudez added the second in the 24th. Rafael Marquez Lugo set up both goals, which came from close-in shots from six meters (yards). This is the third all-Mexican CONCACAF club championship final in the last four years. Both clubs have struggled in the league season, but have found success in the club competition.

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