NYCFC advances in Concacaf Champions League after Round of 16 win against AD San Carlos

New York City FC defender Alexander Callens watches as his shot heads into the net for a goal against San Carlos during the first half in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

New York City FC advanced to the last eight of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday night, defeating AD San Carlos 6-3 on aggregate.
Alexander Callens headed the only goal of the night at Red Bull Arena in the 41st minute, meaning NYCFC will meet the winners of Tigres vs. Alianza in the quarterfinals.
NYCFC Head Coach Ronny Deila made two changes to the team which kicked off 2020 with a 5-3 win in the first leg of this CCL tie last week, bringing in Maxi Moralez and Valentin Castellanos to his XI.
A hat-trick from Héber and goals from Callens and Alexandru Mitriță had put NYCFC in a commanding position after the first 90' but there was still plenty of work to do in Harrison in the second leg.
Deila called for a strong start from his team to kill the tie in his pre-match press conference and his side delivered everything but the early goal, going close twice with headers from Alex Callens on 9' and Valentin Castellanos on 29' in a one-sided first half.
Mitriță forced Pemberton's first big save of the night when Maxi Moralez slid him through on goal on 34' but the San Carlos 'keeper spread himself well and made the stop.
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