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Club Tijuana won 1-0 against Tigres in their second home game of the Liga MX Apertura season.
Xolos still can't win, settle draw against Tigres at Estadio Caliente
08/01/2014
 
Xolos vs Tigres

Club Tijuana hosted their second game of the season at Estadio Caliente against Tigres UANL. After 93 minutes of play both teams settled for a 1-1 draw thanks to second half goals by Dario Benedetto and Juninho. 


This was Xolos' sixth consecutive Liga Mx match (including playoffs) without a win. 


A free kick by US international Jose Torres in the 6th minute was the first warning call of the match. Torres sent in a great strike that just missed Cirilo Saucedo's net.


Four minutes later after the set play, Tijuana opened the score thanks to their midfield maestro Cristian Pellerano. The Argentine, reading Tigres' defense, sent in a perfectly positioned pass to a sprinting Benedetto who took advantage of Juninho's sloppy mark to shoot a beautiful right-footed bullet. 

Tijuana picked up rhythm after the score. Dayro Moreno was one of the most active players of the first half. The Colombian striker had a great chance to increase the lead in the 19th minute when he sent in a powerful shot on goal that was deflected just enough by Tigres' keeper to hit the crossbar.


The visitors kept up the excitement in the first part of the match by equalizing in the 24th minute. 


Juninho, who can be reprimanded for this lack of action in the go-ahead score made up for the mistake by sending the ball inside Tijuana's net in a corner kick play. Ex Tijuana player Egidio Arevalo gave the assist after Juninho was left unmarked inside the box. 

Tigres could have taken the advantage at the 28th minute mark. Hernarn Burbano, who earned his second straight cap, sent a free kick to Xolos' box where Marco Ruben managed to connect to the ball but his shot smashed the post instead of the net.


After the half both teams settled into a much slower pace without either really pushing forward or establishing dominance. 


A couple of close calls kept the crowed interested.


The first one was a great attempt by Xolos at the 66th minute. Israel Jimenez sent in a long pass that found Benedetto inside the box. The Argentine dived to head the ball but Guzman was right there to make an incredible one-handed stop.


Tigres' best attempt of the second half arrived when goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo was forced out of his box to cover Emanuel Villa, who managed to send the ball past the keeper. IF it wasn't for Hernan Pellerano's last second save, the visitors would have had the winning goal at the 74th minute of play.


Joe Corona, who came into the match after Benedetto's header miss, also had his chance at the 88th minute but he couldn't connect his header and Guzman had no trouble fielding the attempt. 


Stoppage time came  around, and while the action on the field remained entertaining, neither team could find the right combinations to score a winning goal.

Xolos vs Tigres

Xolos arrived to the match in need of a boost to compensate for two straight defeats in the Apertura 2014 season so pressure was mounting on Cesar Farias and his squad to get positive result this time around. 


This was the seventh meeting between the clubs. The rivalry stands at an even record of 1-1-5. 

The visitors arrived on the others side of the spectrum. Tigres have had a good start to the Apertura 2014 season with a win and a draw in their first two encounters that places them in third place of the Liga MX standings at the moment

STARTING LINEUPS:

Tijuana: Cirilo Saucedo; Israel Jimenez, Elio Castro, Javier Guemez, Greg Garza; Cristian Pellerano, Dario Juan Arango, Juan Nuñez; Dayro Moreno and Dario Benedetto.


Tigres: Nahuel Guzman; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Estrada, Egidio Arevalo, Guido Pizarro, Jose Torres, Hernan Burbano, Marco Ruben and EmanuelVilla.


NOTES:

- The match marked the return to Tijuana of Herculez Gomez who sat on Tigres' bench for the whole proceedings. This was also Israel Jimenez' first match against his former team after debuting with the Monterrey side in 2008.


Tijuana and Tigres also ended up with a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in Monterrey. Curiously enough both goals were scored by a Xolos player. Keeper Cirilo Saucedo opened up the board with an own goal in the 8th minute while Richard Ruiz scored the equalizer in the dying minutes of the match to save face.

 

- American Paul Arriola saw action in the last twenty minutes of play. He was booked with a yellow card with 10 minutes to go after a hard challenge on fellow countrymen Jose Torres.


- Yellow cards: Juan Carlos Nuñez and Paul Arriola for Xolos; Hugo Ayala, Egidio Arevalo and Juninho for Tigres

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