Posted on October 25, 2012
MONTERREY, Mexico – Alan Pulido struck for a hat-trick to power Tigres UANL to a 5-0 Group 6 triumph over Alajuelense to clinch a quarterfinal beerth in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night.
Tigres became the third Mexican team to clinch a berth in the knockout round, joining two-time defending champion Monterrey and Santos Laguna, last year’s runner-up. U.S. and Mexican clubs have claimed six of the eight berths in the quarterfinals. Herediano of Costa Rica earned its berth on Tuesday with one between Chivas of Mexico and Xelaju of Guatemala to be decided on Thursday.
Pulido has scored only two goals scored in 11 games this season – mostly as a substitute — in the Mexican league. Elias Hernandez and Juninho also tallied for Tigres (eight points), one more than Alajuelense (costa Rica).
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Costa Rica, Mexico, North America
Tags: Alajuelense, Alan Pulido, CONCACAF Champions League, Tigres UANL