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Rondon Double Inspires Pachuca to Club World Cup

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Dominant CF Pachuca become Concacaf’s second most successful side, thrashing Columbus Crew to reach the FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA Intercontinental Cup.

  • Pachuca down Columbus Crew 3-0 to win a sixth Concacaf Champions Cup
  • Victory secures qualification for FIFA Club World Cup & FIFA Intercontinental Cup
  • Los Tuzos join Cruz Azul as second most successful club at the tournament

Mexican giants Pachuca have become the latest side to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup 2025™ and the FIFA Intercontinental Cup 2024™ after they swatted aside Columbus Crew 3-0 in the final of the Concacaf Champions Cup.

All four of Concacaf’s representatives at the new global extravaganza are now confirmed with Pachuca joining fellow Mexican sides Club Leon and Monterrey as well as United States outfit Seattle Sounders.

Five of the six clubs set to feature at the Intercontinental Cup are also now known as Pachuca slot in alongside UAE’s Al Ain, Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly, Auckland City and Real Madrid.

In front of a raucous, 30,000-capacity, crowd at the Estadio Hidalgo in south-central Mexico, it took Pachuca just 12 minutes to strike as a delightful ball from Nelson Deossa released Salomon Rondon who chipped goalkeeper Patrick Schulte.

The hosts looked to have grabbed a second just two minutes later only for Oussama Idrissi’s effort to be chalked off following a VAR review, but that did little to slow a dominant Los Tuzos side.

21-year-old Emilio Rodriguez, part of a young crop of talent dubbed ‘Baby Pachuca’, doubled the lead in the 32nd minute, firing past Schulte at his near post to send the Mexican outfit to the break in a strong position.

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