Club Tijuana continued their winning ways this week with a 3-1 victory over Puebla FC at the Caliente Stadium in week 12 action of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. Midweek Xolos had defeated MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy 4-2 in CONCACAF Champions League.
Xolos had a rough time with the camoteros despite the ample score. The dogs began their second game in a row with an early goal. This time it was Argentine Dario Benedetto who pierced the net under two minutes. Cristian Pellerano had fired but was denied by goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando. Benedetto arrived in time to recover the rebound and hammer the ball into the net for the 1-0.
Xolos gave up control of the game for the remainder of the half allowing the visitors to take the initiative. But La Franja could not take advantage of the opportunities sending several balls too high from a long distance. The way the game was going it looked like Puebla could get the equalizer at any moment.
The game belonged to Benedetto and Ecuadorian Jaimen Ayovi who ruled the pitch with their style and aggressive play. But again, the two South American players could not get through the defense set up by Ruben Omar Romano's team. The referee had a clear error in the 33rd minute when Villalpando took Ayovi down in the area. The keeper went after Ayovi’s feet with his arms after the player had bested him on the run.
Americans Edgar Castillo (Xolos) and DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla) had an outstanding game. Both were very active and were involved in goals for their team. Castillo had the first. EC2 centered to Fidel Martinez, but the ball was intercepted by a defender. The defender could not control it and it rebounded onto Martinez’ boot. The Ecuadorian international looked up, chose his spot, and put the ball in the net for the 2-0 in the 61st minute of play.
Puebla gave up control of the field for a few minutes following the goal. The Aztec dogs were close to adding another minutes later. In the 74th minute Herculez Gomez entered the game and joined fellow U.S. internationals Michael Orozco and Beasley of Puebla, and teammate Castillo on the pitch. He broke the net less than a minute later but the linesman had raised his flag for an offside.
In the 83rd minute Beasley broke through and centered to Brazilian Maicon dos Santos who put the ball past Cirilo Saucedo for the 2-1. The tension on the field increased as the visitors revived looking to at least take a point from a draw. A hard tackle on Castillo by Francisco Torres earned him a direct red card leaving the camoteros with 10 players. That sparked an incident that cleared the bench as players from both teams entered the field to defend each other.
After the referee restarted the game, Fernando Arce received a ball outside the box. He looked and saw that Villalpando was too far away from his line. Arce chipped the ball over the keeper into the empty net for the final 3-1.
Tijuana reached 17 points to move into the 6th position on the league table. Xolos will visit Queretaro FC at La Corregidora Stadium in their next game. Puebla remains in 16th place with 10 points. The camoteros will host league champions Leon FC at the Cuauhtémoc Stadium in week 13.