Ignacio Trelles Campos, who coached Mexico at three World Cups, has died at the age of 103.

Popularly known as 'Don Nacho', Trelles led Mexico in 117 international matches.

He coached Mexico in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 World Cup tournaments, FIFA said, and was also in charge of the team in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic football tournaments.

Trelles' death was announced by his former club Cruz Azul, whom he led to back-to-back Primera Division titles in 1978-79 and 1979-80.

In all, Trelles won seven Mexican league titles as a coach - a record - having also won three championships as a player.

His other coaching domestic title triumphs came with Marte de Morelos, Zacatepec and Toluca. Trelles took charge of 1,083 matches in the Primera Division.

On the World Cup stage, he was only able to enjoy one victory, when Mexico beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in a group game at the 1962 finals, held in Chile.

Born on July 31, 1916, in Guadalajara, Trelles was remembered fondly on Wednesday.

Cruz Azul confirmed his death, announcing: "With great sadness, but likewise, pride in being part of this club, we would like to inform you that Don Ignacio Trelles was added to the 'Celestial Legends'."

The Mexican Football Federation said: "We join the grief that seizes the football family for the death of Ignacio Trelles, legend of Mexican soccer. Prompt condolences to family and friends. RIP."

CONCACAF, the confederation to which Mexico belongs, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ignacio Trelles, who made a huge contribution to football in Mexico."

Cruz Azul said Trelles would have a private funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Liga MX announced its season will be suspended "until further notice" following Sunday's game between Club America and Cruz Azul.

The Mexican top flight and the second-tier Ascenso MX were among the few remaining competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been almost 170,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide and around 6,500 deaths.

Mexico has had only 43 cases, none of whom have died, but that number is growing.

Following discussions with the government, Liga MX agreed to pause after Clausura matchweek 10, which was due to conclude with third-placed America hosting second-placed Cruz Azul at Estadio Azteca.

The suspension also applies to Ascenso MX and the women's Liga MX Femenil.

"The presidency of Liga MX will maintain close communication with the clubs, managers, players and members of our leagues to face any health contingency," a statement read.

"The measure announced today will continue until further notice, and the resumption of activities will be determined in coordination with the Ministry of Health of the Federal Government."

Cruz Azul took care of business against Jamaican club Portmore United with a 4-0 win in the second leg of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals Round of 16 on Tuesday night at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The result lifted Cruz Azul to a 6-1 aggregate win over the Caribbean club and a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

There was suffocating pressure from Cruz Azul from the very start, yet the star of the show early on was Portmore United goalkeeper Kemar Foster, who made a trio of highlight-reel saves.

But Foster could only stop so many shots and Orbelin Pineda gave Cruz Azul a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute with a spectacular right-footed volley.

Cruz Azul continued pushing for another goal, but they had to wait until the 60th to double the margin when Jonathan Borja floated in a cross from the left and from the slimmest of angles, Lucas Passerini headed in to make it 2-0.

The night was then capped by Pablo Ceppelini’s penalty conversion in the 76th and Borja’s strike in the 90th.

Jamaica’s Portmore United is expected to face a tough task when they aim to turn the tables on Mexican outfit Cruz Azul, when the teams meet in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League, at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Tuesday.

The Jamaicans had the Mexican club on their heels in the first leg, leading 1-0 heading into second-half stoppage time, but a ferocious late rally earned La Maquina a dramatic 2-1 win and the momentum going into Tuesday’s second leg.

History will be on Cruz Azul’s side with the Mexican club riding a 20-match home unbeaten streak in Concacaf competition and an overall record of 20W-6D-1L, with 69 goals scored and just 12 against.

 Nevertheless, Portmore United Head Coach Ricardo Gardner’s men have everything to gain and will be relying on the exploits of FW Ricardo Morris, who had four shots in the first leg, and GK Kemar Foster, who registered eight saves last week, to try to pull off the result.

For Cruz Azul, a draw or win would see them advance a round in the SCCL for the first time since 2013-14, when they last lifted the trophy.

Lucas Passerini and Jonathan Rodriguez each scored in second-half stoppage time to earn Cruz Azul a dramatic 2-1 victory at Portmore United in the first leg of their 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round-of-16 tie on Tuesday night at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Portmore United’s first-ever Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) journey begins with a battle against Concacaf heavyweights, Cruz Azul.

The Mexican club is a six-time Concacaf club champion, while the Jamaican side is making their SCCL debut. Yet for Portmore United Head Coach Ricardo Gardner, the series with La Maquina will be a great testing ground for his players.

“It’s a very tough opponent at a very tough place to play football, but it is a challenge that we will embrace,” said Gardner in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.

“It is a challenge from which we will try to get a lot of experience, and it is a challenge for us to come and put our best foot forward.”

Not only does Gardner feel like Portmore United are representing the country of Jamaica, but also the entire Caribbean.

“It is a perfect stage for our players and for our region in the Caribbean to come and try to display our talent to the best of our ability and at the end of the day, who knows. Representing the Caribbean is a responsibility that we like to have and we always try to put those things in our goals from the beginning of the season. We want to play in the highest competition in our region and this is the highest competition in our region and our players can play on a different platform and showcase their talent,” said Gardner.

 

If there is anyone who knows about the difficulties of playing in Mexico, it is Gardner. The 41-year-old earned well over 100 caps with the Jamaican National team and played many an international match in Mexico.

Gardner is hopeful that his players will make the very most of this unique opportunity to show their talent to the rest of the region.

“Coming to Mexico and playing here is always a difficult encounter, whether it’s national team or club, but as we mentioned before, it’s a platform for us to put our best foot forward. At the end of the day, it’s football and if you want to reach the highest level, you have to play against the best and you have to compete against the best. I think our opponent is very good at what they are doing within Concacaf. They are showing a real level of professionalism within the region. It will be good to be up against them. We’ll for sure get some good experience form this,” concluded Gardner.

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