Hamilton’s Forge FC proves it belongs in loss to Cruz Azul in Concacaf Champions League

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Published February 17, 2022 at 11:20 am

Hamilton's Forge FC proves it belongs in loss to Cruz Azul in Concacaf Champions League
Hamilton's Forge FC fell 1-0 to Mexican heavyweight Cruz Azul in Concacaf Champions League action on Feb. 17 at Tim Hortons Field. (Concacaf photo)

Hamilton’s Forge FC fell 1-0 to Mexican heavyweight Cruz Azul in Concacaf Champions League action Wednesday (Feb. 17) night at Tim Hortons Field.

Romulo Otero scored the winner for the visitors off a long-range free kick in the 31st minute.

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The round-of-16 game marked Forge’s debut in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the elite club competition in the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The Canadian Premier League team qualified by virtue of making the semifinals of the 2021 Concacaf League, a feeder tournament that Forge has taken part in the last three years.

Forge dispatched El Salvador’s FAS, Panama’s Independiente and Costa Rica’s Santos before falling to Honduras’ FC Motagua on the away goals rule in the semifinal.

The Canadian club will travel to Mexico City next week for the reverse fixture.

–with files from The Canadian Press

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