Thu, Mar 14 2013 03:44 PM Posted By: Carlos Flores
The Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles are invictus no more after falling reigning Copa Libertadores champions Corinthians, 3-0 Wednesday night.
The Brazilian squad opened the game with a relentless attack on the Xolos, attempting to intimidate the visiting team with quick crisp passing and rough tackles that were meant to send a message: the team was thousands of miles away from its artificial turf and home field advantage.
Corinthians pressure paid off on in the first half until their efforts paid off with a goal at the 36th minute by Paolo Guerrero. The second goal can be credited to Paulo Andre who gained control of the ball speeding down the right flank unmarked, passing the ball to Renato Augusto, who one touched it to Paolo Guerrero for an easy score.
The Xolos opened the second half with scoring opportunities of their own in the 48th and 60th minutes. But the burst of attacking was a brief interlude, as Corinthians finally appeared to get a second wind and impose a counterattack that kept Tijuana on its heels. The usually potent attackers for the Mexican side,
Duvier Riascos and Fidel Martinez were ineffective with their individual play and were not a factor in the game.
At the 81st minute of the game, Paulino scored goal number three for the Corinthians. Despite the loss the Xolos still sit at the top of their division in Copa Libertadores with nine points, followed by Corinthians with secen.
The Xolos next two Liberatdores games will be against San Jose, in Oruro Bolivia on April 3 and Millonarios of Colombia at Caliente stadium April 10 in Tijuana.
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