Thu, Apr 04 2013 11:20 PM Posted By: Carlos Flores
The Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles did away with any advantage San Jose de Oruro may have had playing 12,159 feet above sea level at "Jesus Bermudez" stadium in Bolivia.
San Jose de Oruro initially took advantage of playing at home, attacking almost at will and not encountering much resistance in the midfield while picking apart what at times was an disorganized defense.
San Jose the Oruro continued dominating the game and in the 29th minute they scored but the goal was called offside. Tijuana finally emerged from their lackluster play at the 39th and 40th minutes when they had two shots on goal but came up just short.
Xolos coach Antonio Mohamed had kept Fidel Martinez out of the starting lineup presumably to include him during the second half to use his speed and ball control to the maximum. The strategy seemed to work.
They emerged from the break with more pressure at midfield, nearly scoring twice by the second minute of the second half. But eventually that pressure dissipated and again San Jose resumed their dominating play.
But in the 66th minute Xolos' Miguel Martinez surprised San Jose defender Miguel Martinez, and tapped the ball over goalkeeper Lampe and easily headed the ball past goal line.
The team from Tijuana appeared as if they would leave the high altitude with a victory and three points but in the 80th minute, Marcelo Gomez scored for San Jose.
The tie allows the Xolos to move to the next round of the Copa Libertadores, however the team has one game left in what is now a meaningless group stage match next week at Agua Caliente.
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