TIJUANA, BC. – The first ever Copa Libertadores game played in the border city of Baja California was celebrated in great fashion, as Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles (Mexico) pounded San Jose Oruro (Bolivia) 4-0.
The match was played as part of Week 2 of the Copa Libertadores tournament 2013, where these two teams from group 5 faced off at Caliente stadium that was filled to about 85% of its capacity.
Here is how the game went:
From the very start of this game, there was a lot of action going on which with barely two minutes into the game, Duvier Riascos received a great pass from the right side of the field, and took a shot at goal at close range of the goalie Carlos Lampe.
Two minutes later Xolos had control of the ball on the left side of the field, where Alfredo “El Chango” Moreno received the ball and passed it to Edgar “El Gringo” Castillo, who took a shot at goal towards the left post and found its way into the net to put Xolos up on the scoreboard 1-0.
At minute 19 of the match, Carlos Saucedo from San Jose tried to answer back on a corner kick, but the goalie from Xolos, Cirilo Saucedo, was able to punch the ball out of the danger zone.
At this point of the game, San Jose completely lost itself which allowed the Xolos to have control of the match, and it wasn’t until around the 39th minute mark when Jose Marcelo Gomez would come close to scoring a goal.
Now in the second half of the match and with only one minute into the game, Fernando Arce kicked a magnificent pass on a free kick to Pablo Cesar Aguilar, who with his right leg directed the ball onto the left side of the goalie, who was not able to do nothing but just look at the ball pass by on its way into the net. Xolos would now go up on the scoreboard with 2 goals to none.
Again almost two minutes later after this last goal, the Ecuadorian, Fidel Martinez, would receive the ball and centered it to Joe Corona who came running down the field, and slid towards the ball to kick it in for another goal. Xolos now would have a lead of 3-0.
At the 74th minute of the match, Fernando Arce took charge in centering a corner kick to to Aguilar, who then headed the ball towards the furthest post of the arch, and was re-bounded by Fidel Martinez into the net to put the Xolos up now 4-0.
A few minutes later the Ecuadorian referee, Omar Ponce, blew the whistle for the end of the match.
This is how the game ended with Xolos now leading group 5 in the tournament, which means that whatever happens tomorrow between Millonarios vs. Corinthians, it will not matter.
Xolos will now travel to Guadalajara to face Atlas in a match that will part of Week 9 of the Liga MX. Soon after, 8 days later the team will be playing against the world champions SC Corinthians Paulista of Brazil. San Jose de Oruro will be playing as visitors against the Unvirsitarios in Bolivia, and then travel to Colombia to face Millonarios.