Last night Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente capitalized on their home field advantage and earned their second consecutive victory in Copa Libertadores to stay undefeated and atop their group in the international tournament.
Club San Jose de Oruro of Bolivia was the Xolos opponent in this highly anticipated match but instead of offering some competition they were a victim of Tijuana’s unrelenting aggression.
Not more than five minutes into the game and Tijuana already had an early 1-0 lead thanks to midfielder Edgar Castillo, who easily scored after he received a pass from Forward Alfredo Moreno.
Knowing that a victory was required to get closer to qualifying for the second round, the Xolos put on an exhibition never seen since their move up to the Mexican first division.
Pablo Aguilar scored in the second half and from that point on Club San Jose adapted a defensive posture. But the Bolivian’s efforts couldn’t hold off the Mexican attack, Sweetwater High grad Joe Corona scoring the team’s third goal and Fidel Martinez driving home a club record setting fourth goal.
“I am happy with the result and my team’s effort,” said Xolos coach Antonio Mohamed. “I am content but I wanted another goal.”
Meanwhile Club San Jose’s coach Ferrufino Marcos, said that the score was a result of early mistakes and that his team played well and had some opportunities to score.
“In the beginning of the second half they scored two goals and after that moment my team (broke) down,” he said.
“This mistakes have been occurring in a few games already, this distractions occur when (players are) not concentrated.”
Defender Joshua Abrego said that he has happy with the fact that Tijuana is making history.
“This victory is historic,” said Abrego. “I did not imagine to win by a large difference but one always dreams with winning each game.
Tijuana’s next home game in the tournament is March 6 against the Copa Libertadores defending champions Sport Club Corinthians Paulista of Brazil. A victory then would leave the Xolos with 9 points, putting them one step closer to the second round.