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Xolos 2-2 Cruz Azul : A firm step towards the Playoffs

Aguilar and Riascos match scores

Xolos 2-2 Cruz Azul : A firm step towards the PlayoffsXolos celebrate the goal of Pablo César Aguilar. Courtesy Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Xolos celebrate the goal of Pablo César Aguilar. Courtesy Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente

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TIJUANA, BC.- With a good performance from the forward Duvier Riascos, and a very outstanding game, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente tied 2-2 with Cruz Azul in week 14 of the Liga MX.

The game was played in a really packed stadium at Estadio Caliente, and left Xolos “at walking distance” from qualifying to the playoffs of the Aztec soccer.

The game

This game was expected to be full of play action and goals, which both teams did not disappoint, and with only 5 minutes into the game, Christian Gimenez entered the goalie box area in between six players and took a shot at goal, which was rejected by goalie Cirilo Saucedo, but Mariano Pavone was nearby and just pushed the ball into the back of the net for the 0-1.

6 minutes after the first goal of the game, the first goal for Xolos would come after several offside calls against Duvier Riascos, who was very hungry to score a goal.

At the 19th minute Leandro Augusto took a free shot to try to send it to Luqueno Pablo Cesar Aguilar, so he can just head it into the net, but with pressure from Gerardo Flores, the ball just went wide towards the goalie Jesus Corona’s side from Cruz Azul.

At minute 35 of the first half Leandro Augusto would be substituted by Jorge Hernandez, who 4 minutes after he had joined the game, another off sides was charged against Riascos.

In the second half at minute 67, Luis Perea committed a very polemic foul against Riascos that was called out by referee Jorge Isaac Rojas, where Riascos was knocked down in the big goalie area, that resulted in a penalty kicked by Riascos himself and scored, and would put Xolos ahead once again on the score boards.

The excitement would not last for long, because in minute 75, Alejandro Castro from Cruz Azul took a free shot like a true master and tied up the game 2-2.

The remaining minutes of the game, would not be enough for either teams to score, and ended up tying the game that gave them one point each.

Xoloitzcuintles will now face Monarcas Morelia as visitors, in which they will seek to be the first team to qualify for the playoffs of the Mexican soccer league.

More images from the match here.

Manuel.Medina@sandiegored.com

Translation: Omar.Martinez@sandiegored.com

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