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Xolos' debut victorious

Wed, Feb 20 2013 08:39 AM Posted By: Carlos Flores

Richard Ruiz Toledo scored the only goal of the game for Tijuana's  Xolitzcuintles soccer club Tuesday night.

A single goal at Estadio Nemesio Camacho in Bogota Colombia puts the Xolos at the top of the standings in group five of the Copa Libertadores tournament. Corinthians of Brazil, the present champions and San Jose of Oruro, Bolivia are the other two teams in the group.

Millonarios of Colombia, or Millos as they are known locally, were favored to win not only because they were playing at home but because they have appeared in the tournament on 14 previous occasions.

Hernan Torres, the 52 year old Millonarios coach, although respectful of the Xolos was confident of a victory since his team was at the top of the local standings and the Xolos had been defeated twice in their last two games in Liga MX. 

“Our attention is with the Libertadores Cup “ Herrera said before  the game. “We are home, before our fans, we must start with the right foot at the Libertadores Cup” said Fredy Montero, the newly acquired Millonarios reinforcement.

It was not an exciting soccer game. The Tijuana Xolos played a defensive game designed to showcase the ineffectiveness of the Millonarios game gameplan.

The lone goal at the 62nd minute  was the result of a masterful cross from the left side by Edgar Castillo. Ruiz received the ball with his chest, dropped it to his right foot and fired a rocket past  goalkeeper Luis Enrique Delgado.

After the goal the adjustments made by coach Torres were inconsequential and highlighted the poor performance of the Colombian team. 

The Xolos, with their typical stingy soccer, obtained three valuable points giving credence to the notion that, along with the current champions Corinthians of Brazil, should advance to the next round.

Xolos goal keeper Cirilo Saucedo once again proved to be a key player in the game  with a tremendous save in the first minutes of the game.

Saucedo stopped a shot from Wason Renteria by diving to his right.  The ball was retrieved by Millos' Fredy Montero who shot to the goal only to watch Saucedo clear the ball from the goal line.

Adding insult to injury, Roman Torres a defender for the Millonarios left the game with a red card and will be out for their next game against Corinthians of Brazil.

The next two games for the Xolos in the tournament should be easier since they are playing at home in their astro-turf against San Jose of Bolivia on Feb. 26, and Corinthians of Brazil on March 6.


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