Jesus Duenas scored twice to help Tigres UANL defeat Toronto FC 3-1 Wednesday night as the Mexican and MLS champions faced off in the inaugural Campeones Cup.
The result was a measure of revenge for the Mexicans, ousted by Toronto in March in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals on the away goals rule. For TFC, it was another misstep in a season gone wrong.
At stake Wednesday was a trophy and $ 340,000 US. Each team picked up $ 240,000 for playing, with $ 100,000 going to the winner.
Lucas Janson scored a consolation goal for Toronto in the 86th minute via the penalty spot after Duenas, hit in the arm by a cross from Brazil's Auro, was called for a handball. Toronto finished strong but the outcome was already decided.
Toronto started well but Tigres got into their rhythm midway through the first half.
Duenas put Tigres ahead in the 36th minute after Brazil's Juninho floated a fine ball over the Toronto defence. Duenas left Eriq Zavaleta and Gregory van der Wiel in his wake and, ignoring a chasing Michael Bradley, beat goalkeeper Alex Bono to the near side with a left-footed shot.
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