Club Tijuana easily defeated Veracruz FC 3-0 at the Caliente stadium to wrap up Saturday’s action of the Apertura 2013 of La Liga MX. The week 9 victory gives Xolos 11 points and moved them up into the 10th position on the league table, just two behind a playoff berth.
The game kicked off slow with neither team having any real shot on goal. Then Fidel Martinez started the goal fest at the border town with the first goal of the game. On a run by Diego Olsina into the area, the Ecuadorian beat his marker and was open. Olsina crossed to Martinez who shot past the keeper for the 1-0.
Five minutes later the Aztec dogs doubled their lead on a set piece. Olsina fired into the center where Paraguayan Pablo Aguilar rose above all and headed the ball into the net for the 2-0. Xolos had a comfortable lead over their rivals.
Xolos continued to control the pitch in the final minutes of the half. The game went to the half time break with the home side leading 2-0.
The second half kicked off with the locals applying pressure on the wounded visitors. The game was in the midfield to the Veracruz side of the pitch. It was a matter of time before the rojinegros would score again.
In the 66th minute Martinez received a pass from beyond the midfield and beat his markers. He ran the ball down the center coming face-to-face with goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez. Martinez chipped the ball over the keeper who was off his line. A defender tried to reach the ball but could not reach it on time. Xolos took a commanding 3-0 lead.
Xoloitzcuintles maintained control of the game for the remaining time. So far Xolos have not lost at the Caliente stadium having won three games and drawn twice. The dogs have one less game than most teams, a rescheduled game that will take place at the Azteca stadium in October.
Xolos travel to Guadalajara to take on Chivas at the Omnilife stadium in week 10. Veracruz will host Leon FC in their next game.