Toluca and the Puerto Rican Islanders faced each other in their CONCACAF Champions League Group D Match at Estadio Nemesio Diez in Toluca, Mexico.
Gilberto Alacal Pineda was the referee in this game which left Toluca with a shocking victory over the Islanders.
Osvaldo Gonzalez scored the first goal for Toluca at 17 minutes with an assist from his teammate Zinha after a corner kick. Gonzalez kicked the ball towards the center of the goal post.
The second goal was on the basis of a penalty committed by Josh Hansen using the hand. Juan Cuevas kicked the ball with his left foot into the left side of the goal post within 74 minutes.
Cuevas then celebrated his goal by taking off his left shoe and using it as a mobile phone. Personally, I do not understand why some players do that, but it must be his way of celebrating.
Emanuel Cerda hammered the last nail in the coffin of the hopes of the Islanders to at least score in this game and win points for Group D.
While there have been comments of Toluca wearing down the Puerto Rican Islanders, I do not agree.
The Islanders deserve credit for at least playing a game in a sport that is not that well-known in Puerto Rico. It must be remembered that the Caribbean is famous for other sports such as baseball and basketball, while soccer is a rising phenomena.
They maintained a strong defense and offense in spite of the force and dominance of Toluca. The problem with the Islanders was that there were gaps between the team members.
Gilberto Alacal as referee did not or would not understand the Puerto Rican Islander and was unjust to the team by handing them yellow cards for trivial matters. He was light handed with Toluca with one yellow card but with the attitude of "do not worry." This is my opinion.
Toluca played well with a great offense, defense, and possession of the game. It was easy for them to take advantage of the gaps left by the Islanders as well as the errors.
At the present time, Toluca is in first place in Group D CONCACAF Champions League with two wins, one draw, and seven points. Puerto Rican Islanders are in second place with one loss, one win, one draw, and four points.
The tables could change depending on the results of the next game for Group D which is FAS VS Olimpia from Honduras.
Toluca 3-0 Puerto Rican Islanders
Estadio Nemesio Diez Toluca, Mexico
Most valued player: Juan Cuevas
Worst Referee: Gilberto Alacal