MEXICO CITY, Mexico – CF Montréal suffered a 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul on Wednesday night at Estadio Azteca in the first leg of the Club’s Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal. Uriel Antuna scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute. CF Montréal will play the return leg of this aggregate-goal series at the Olympic Stadium next Wednesday at 8pm ET. Individual tickets for that game are available for purchase starting at $20 (plus applicable tax) exclusively through the club website.
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-Defender Zorhan Bassong will be suspended for the return match in Montreal due to yellow card accumulation.
-Defender Robert Thorkelsson logged the first minutes of his career with CF Montréal, coming on as a 68th minute substitute.
-Defender Zachary Brault-Guillard earned his first start of 2022 in all competitions.
“It is several games now that we've played in the space of very few weeks. If in the second half the opponent missed their chances, it is because we did a good job of defending until the very last moment because we made it difficult for them to finish. So we have to put things in context. In the second half, we were in control. We could have had better finishing ourselves. But you have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture – what we've been doing since the beginning of the year and what we were able to do tonight.”
“At the end of the day all that matters is what is on the scoreboard. I thought we played some good football in the second half. I’ll take a one-nil deficit in one of the hardest places to play to go back home with. We knew they were going to put a lot of crosses in. That is their style. They had good chances, but we made good blocks. And we adjusted in the second half. We got our line higher up and tried to block their crosses. It was an overall team effort to defend better.”