The Xolos are taking a victory into their Wednesday evening CONCACAF Champions League match. After beating Club Deportivo Toluca 3-1 last Friday during a league match, the Xolos set up what could be a winner-takes-all revenge match if both sides advance past their respective semifinal games in the Champions League.
The Xolos went into last Friday night’s game needing to come away with points if they were going to maintain any chance of participating in this season’s playoffs. In beating Toluca, they moved to sixth place in the current standings.
This game certainly brought memories to both teams since in 2012 they both faced each other in the league final and with Club Tijuana winning their first title in the first division.
The locals had several opportunities to take a lead early in the game but could not managed to score until the 28th minute when forward Fidel Martinez centered a pass to Dario Benedetto who headed the ball into Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera’s net.
Four minutes later Toluca tied the game with Jorge Sartiaguin goal after he sent a manageable shot but Xolos’ goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo was unable to control the strike in a clear mistake that allowed the opposing side to be even.
In the second half the Xolos continued looking for a second goal while Toluca remained calm with the result. In the 56th minute Javier Guemez received his shot at glory when he scored the 2-1 with a forceful shot that Talavera couldn’t impede from going in his goal.
The victory was sealed after midfielder Joe Corona was fouled in the penalty area by a defender to prevent him from scoring so a penalty was given. Midfielder Cristian Pellerano once again got hold of the ball since he is the official penalty kick’s kicker and edge Talavera when he sent the ball into the superior right corner of the net for the goal in the 73rd minute.
Now Club Tijuana has to get set for the game against Cruz Azul that will determine who goes to the final.
Xolos coach Cesar Farias said that his team was superior and deserved the victory at Estadio Caliente.
“Our objective is the playoffs and Xolos have the potential to make it far in it.”