In a tournament where winning at home is a necessity, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles De Caliente could not take advantage of playing on their field.
Yet with a scoreless tie the Xolos are in control of advancing to the next round of the Copa Libertadores since the Round of 16 is played in a two-legged series and the first method to advance to the quarterfinals in case of a draw is the visitor’s goal.
Now the Xolos will have to close the series in Sao Paulo on May 14 and will need to secure a victory or at least score a goal on Brazilian soil and earn a tie since that will put Tijuana’s team in the next round.
Even though Xolos coach Antonio Mohamed sent his best lineup the team could not score a goal.
“We could not score in the five or six opportunities that we had, and the series remains open to both sides,” said Mohamed. “We will try to score a goal as visitor, this was a hard game but we knew what we were facing and we were not capable of scoring one goal.”
Goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo said that the team played well and that even though they couldn’t score with the offensive players they have he is certain that they can score in Sao Paulo.
“A tie is not as bad as it seems, since the visiting goal gives us certain advantage,” he said. “We did not receive a goal, so when visiting Palmeiras we have good factors to make a good game and bring home a good result. We are relaxed and now it is time to prepare ourselves and keep hope alive.”