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Xolos 5-2 America: Tijuana humiliates the champion in the San Diego Clasico

Tijuana Xolos were clearly superior than Club America

Xolos 5-2 America: Tijuana humiliates the champion in the San Diego ClasicoPhoto: Jonny Rico - SanDiegoRed
Photo: Jonny Rico - SanDiegoRed

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SAN DIEGO - For second consecutive year Club America was invited to participate in the San Diego Clasico against Club Tijuana. The Xolos clearly superior than the new Mexican league champions Club America and took a big win. With four first half goals the Xolos set the pace for an easy win, and even though the visiting America reacted in the second half it was not enough.

The game started with both teams looking to attack the opposition's goal. America had the first dangerous chance of the game in the second minute when right-back Paul Aguilar dribbled to the end line and sent in a low cross but no yellow shirt was near to shoot on goal.

After that play the America team disappeared. Xolos took advantage of the situation and were able to score three goals in a short am,punt of time, which allowed them to control the game.

In the 10th minute on the house's specialty Pablo Aguilar went up during a set piece and headed in a Diego Olsina cross to open up the scoring.

Two minutes Richard Ruiz dribbled down the right wing and sent in a cross, Fidel Martinez appeared with a diving header to give the home side the two goal lead.

In the 19th minute Diego Olsina culminated a great team play between Fidel Martinez and Richard Ruiz, Olsina had an easy tap in header to make the score 3-0.

Club America was able to get some passing going in midfield to ease the mounting pressure from the Xoloitcuintles; but were not able create any real danger on Adrian Zermeño's goal. The Tijuana side looked to control the game based on the opposition's need to go forward being three goals down.

In the 38th minute Xolos were able to capitalize on that need of America to push forward and found the fourth goal in a counter attack conducted by Fidel Martinez. It would be Emmanuel Cerda whom scored the goal after receiving the through ball from Martinez.

With the score 4-0 the teams went into the half time break.

For the second half the Xolosmcame out with the same intensity looking for more goals, Club America came out just as lost as in the first half. In the 53rd minute new Xolos youngster Paul Arriola appeared in the middle of the field and had a long distance shot which was low, powerful, and found the bottom corner of the goal to make the score 5-0. Marking this the U.S. international Arriola's first goal as a professional.

With the five goal lead and several changes on the field the home side began to relax a little. America managed to pass their way to the attacking side of the field. A long cross came in from the left side, Luis Gabriel Rey brought the ball down in the second post and finished in front of Zermeño to mark the first America goal.

Rey once again would finish pushing in the ball to make it 5-2 after his teammate Narciso Mina shot the ball to the post.

With practically a new team on the field the Xolos ended the game on their defensive side of the field as America tried to push forward looking for goals that would save some dignity.

Goal scoring chances became minimal and the game ended with the 5-2 score line in favor of the Tijuana Xolos.

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