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Defending champs score first and last

Sun, Mar 17 2013 12:21 PM Posted By: Jose Guzman

Another Liga MX loss would have been too much to bear for the defending champions.

Last night the Xolos had to overcome playing a late game since the CF Monterrey did not want to reschedule the game to Sunday, allowing the team from Tijuana an extra day to prepare after their midweek game in Brazil.

Rarely does a game in the Liga MX starts a 9 p.m. but this was the exception.

Tijuana's lineup featured a majority of its regular starters, indicating they were intent on securing a victory in the league game. Forward Duvier Riascos showed signs that he would be a key player after sending powerful shot from outside the box only to have goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco make a one-handed save to deny the score.

A few minutes later midfielder Fernando Arce assisted Fidel Martinez in scoring the first goal of the night at the 25th minute mark.

After the goal Monterrey took possession and minutes later they lead. In less than 4 minutes the had score two goals.

In the 30th minute Humberto Suazo took a ball from midfield who passed it to Aldo De Nigris who shot with his left, leaving  Cirilo Saucedo unable to stop the goal.

Three minutes later Suazo send a free kick into the Xolos area that unfortunately end up in Saucedo’s net after Riascos made contact with the ball.

That's how both teams went into the locker rooms at halftime and it appeared Monterrey would hang on the victory in the second half until Duvier Riascos redeemed himself and scored from a pass set up by Alfredo Moreno.

The defending champion Xolos remain in the sixth place in the Liga MX.

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