A first-half goal by Mariano Pavone on a pass from Marco Fabian was enough to lift Cruz Azul to its first CONCACAF Champions League trophy.
Though Toluca found an equalizer through second-half substitute Edgar Benitez, the match finished 1-1 and saw La Maquina Azul lift the trophy with a superior number of away goals giving them the advantage in the first tiebreaker after a 0-0 result in last week's first leg.
The title is Cruz Azul's sixth continental crown but first since CONCACAF switched to the current format for the 2008-09 edition. The win gives Luis Fernando Tena's club the sole lead in that category, surpassing America's five titles.
Pavone's goal came toward the end of a first half and developed from a throw in. After a clearance by Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, Cruz Azul took the throw in on the keeper's left-hand side. A wide-open Marco Fabian took a long pass across the field and knocked it to Pavone who was able to beat Talavera.
Benitez's addition in the second half helped Toluca capitalize on the possession it had maintained for the majority of the match. He caused the right side of La Maquina's defense numerous problems, which showed in the 63rd minute when Wilson Thiago Mathias loped a ball to him in space. The Paraguayan took a touch and blasted the ball past Jesus Corona's near post.
Toluca sought after another goal and nearly found one in stoppage time with Miguel Ponce attempting an ambitious shot from distance that forced a save from Corona. The rebound fell to Pablo Velazquez who took and touch and set the ball soaring over a beaten Corona's crossbar.
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