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2021 CONCACAF Champions League, Round of 16
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips (86')
2nd Leg - Columbus SC advance 5-0 on aggregate
2nd Leg - Columbus SC advance 5-0 on aggregate

Columbus Crew reaches CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

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Columbus Crew SC is into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals after a 1-0 win over Nicaraguan side Real Esteli at Historic Crew Stadium on Thursday night gave them a 5-0 aggregate victory.

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The defending MLS Cup champion Crew came into the second leg with a 4-0 aggregate advantage from the first leg, but Caleb Porter's heavily rotated side was held without a goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The stalemate continued in the second half with the home team pushing for a winner, which finally came when veteran offseason signing Bradley Wright-Phillips scored shortly before full-time to give the Crew the win.

The Crew now awaits the winner of Thursday's late game between Liga MX club Monterrey and Dominican side Atletico Pantoja to see who it will face in the quarterfinal round.