Argentine Dario Benedetto returned to scoring in the minutes he was given against CF Monterrey during the initial game of week 6 of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente defeated Monterrey 2-1 at the Caliente Stadium temporarily moving them to the 4th position on the league table.
Benedetto came off the bench in the second half relieving U.S. international Herculez Gomez who’d exhausted himself with centers that were not put into the net. In fact, Xolos were on constant attack against the regiomontanos, with the effort paying off in the final minutes of the game.
“We’ve taken an important victory in a game where they [Monterrey] put up an intense fight, but with luck we were able to turn it around in the second half,” Benedetto told reporters. “There are things we still need to fix. Obviously that is a goal we’ve set for ourselves, including getting an away win.”
The first half was intense with the action moving all over the field. Monterrey had the more dangerous shots forcing goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo to take a few dives. Xolos were constant on their approach during the first half, but were not able to force Jonathan Orozco to do much. After 45 minutes the game went to break with the score even at 0-0.
The second half began on the slow-side with no real movement beyond the midfield. Rayados were taking shots from long distance, but still with no luck. Benedetto came on in the 60th and immediately made an impact. Within minutes he’d made his first run on goal.
Despite the action from Benedetto, Rayados were able to get on the board first. Cesar Delgado took the ball to the half-moon and fired. The Argentine’s shot was too fast for Saucedo who dove but could not prevent the ball from entering his net. With the lead the visiting squad tightened their defense keeping the Aztec dogs at bay.
Xolos were constantly forcing corner kicks and in the 74th minute it paid off. On the corner kick defender Christian Pellerano headed the ball away from the net. Benedetto ran in and buried the ball into the net for the 1-1. The stadium came to life with 16 minutes left in regulation.
Pellerano did it again. The current team leading goal scorer put his third goal of the season in the net. Juan Hernandez came in for Fidel Martinez who was constantly moving up on attack. Hernandez received a ball in the area and headed it to Pellerano. The defender simply changed the ball’s direction and put it in the net for the final 2-1.
Monterrey coach Jose Guadalupe Cruz was noticeably upset at the end of the game stating that his team made a better effort but was not able to claim the win.
“Football is 90 minutes and whoever scores the goals wins,” Cruz concluded.