Columbus Crew SC hosts Real Esteli FC tonight from Historic Crew Stadium for a second-leg match in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 [8:00 p.m. ET / FS1, TUDN].
TONIGHT'S LINEUP VS. REAL ESTELI FC
Crew SC will look to advance to the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals for the first time since doing so in the Club's last tournament appearance in 2011, while having also advanced to the final group of eight in the 2009-2010 edition of the tournament. The Black & Gold have an all-time record of 7-6-4 in Concacaf Champions League action.
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Real Esteli FC has won the last three Nicaraguan first division tournaments, including two Clausura tournaments (2019, 2020) and one Apertura tournament (2019). Real Esteli FC defeated Honduran side FC Motagua in the play-in round of the 2020 Concacaf League to secure a berth in the 2021 Concacaf Scotiabank Champions League – the club’s seventh appearance in the tournament.
Should Crew SC advance to the Quarterfinals of the tournament, it would face the winner of the Round of 16 matchup between CF Monterrey (Mexico) and Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) across two legs. Notably, the winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League will secure a berth in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. The full list of 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 fixtures can be viewed via Concacaf.com.