CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Atlante wins CONCACAF Champions League title

May 12, 2009

CANCUN, Mexico -- Atlante advanced to the FIFA Club World Cup after a scoreless draw Tuesday against fellow Mexican club Cruz Azul in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

The Club World Cup is set for December in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

Atlante won the first leg of the home-and-away final 2-0. Tuesday's game was played in a fan-filled stadium and was delayed two weeks because of the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.

Atlante had the best chances in the first half and dominated, although Cruz Azul had a few threats in spurts. Atlante was also dominant in the second half.

Atlante's Christian Bermudez, who scored on goal in the first leg, had probably the best scoring chance in the second half, shooting just wide from 12 meters (yards) in the 76th minute.

Both clubs have struggled in the league season, but have found success in the club competition.

This was the third all-Mexican CONCACAF club championship final in the last four seasons.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press