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Jaguares pounce on Xolos, end 16-game home undefeated streak

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Jaguares de Chiapas FC ended Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente’s home undefeated streak Friday night with a 3-0 at the Caliente Stadium. Xolos had not lost a home game since Apr. 20, 2013, that includes CONCACAF Champions League and Copa Libertadores games.

Chiapas is a team that is struggling in La Liga MX having only won two games in the Clausura 2014 prior to Friday’s victory. But they are a team that is filled with veteran players that at one time made a great difference for their teams. Amongst them was 35 year-old Carlos Ochoa who scored the first two goals for Chiapas.

Tijuana has been solid at home, which made the defeat a surprise even for Jaguares Coach Sergio Bueno.

“We had a good rival, but we went over them at their home, a very dangerous rival that was on constant attack,” Bueno said after the game. “But all the same, the team left a lot of open spaces and we were able to take advantage of them.”

Advantage they took and with no pity. In the 9th minute a hand in the area by Elio Castro gave the visitors a penalty shot. Ochoa converted from the spot to give Jaguares the 1-0 lead.

Xolos never really gave in as they tried to close the gap. It was a back-and-forth game with Jaguares bringing it to the Aztec dogs. The attack minded Xolos left spaces open and in the 33rd the southern felinos mounted a counterstrike that doubled their lead. Ochoa received a center that bounced past goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo. With no one marking him, Ochoa simply pushed the ball into the net for the 2-0.

The final blow came in the 42nd minute. A lack of attention by the defense cost the final goal. Hernan Pellerano was not able to reach a ball in the area that landed in front of Luis Robles. The Jaguar took the ball a few feet and alone against Saucedo shot to his left to beat him for the 3-0.

Jaguares took a firm stance in the second half managing time and frustrating the younger Xolos players who took to attacking in their attempt to salvage the game.

“It’s frustrating, we were outplayed and we were out-coached. It’s pretty simple. You’re going to have these days. They’re not all going to be pretty, they’re not all going to be perfect,” Herculez Gomez said after the game.

The dogs have maintained a good streak at home. Since their promotion to the first division, this is the third game where Xolos has allowed three goals at home. In the Clausura 2012 they lost 3-1 to Club Santos Laguna, in the Apertura 2013 they ended 3-3 against Atlas FC. Gomez commented on the end of the undefeated streak.

“It could be 40 it could be 100. This is our job, this is football. We play here at home. We can’t let anyone come into our house and beat us that way,” a frustrated Herculez concluded.

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