Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente won their first game of the Apertura 2013 season of La Liga MX on Tuesday during week 3 action at the Caliente stadium. The Aztec dogs defeated CF Pachuca 1-0 after having two weeks off since their week 2 game against Club America was moved back to October.
The older players were the heroes on the pitch of the Caliente. Diego Olsina, the author of the game’s lone goal, is a 35 year-old second year player with the rojinegros. Former Mexican international goalkeeper Oscar “Conejo” Perez, 40 years old covered the three posts for Pachuca saving his team from receiving at least three more goals.
“The team made a great effort,” Perez said after the game. “They had great attitude. We have to continue on this pace.”
The game was intense with most of the action taking place in the midfield. The first minutes of the game belonged Argentine Dario Benedetto. The former Arsenal de Sarandi player did as he pleased on the pitch until Efrain Cortes increased his defensive posture to stop the talented striker. This allowed other players like Emmanuel Cerda and Ecuadorian Fidel Martinez to make a difference on the pitch they could find themselves unmarked.
“We played with a lot of intensity and the opportunity we had, we put the ball in the net,” Martinez told the press after the game. “That was the difference, we maintained our composure and we won the game.”
The second half had more action with Olsina scoring three minutes after the whistle. On a set piece Fernando Arce sent the ball into the area. Martinez recovered a rebound and passed to Olsina who was unmarked. Olsina simply pushed the ball into the open net to give Xolos the 1-0 lead.
Pachuca increased the pressure as they tried to close the gap. Jorge Hernandez shot from a long distance and beat Xolos goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo’s dive. The ball hit the inside of the crossbar and bounced inside the goal box. However, the linesman became the villain when he did not see the play and the goal did not count.
“Unfortunately there was a goal there that was not counted, but that’s how this is,” Conejo Perez added. “We have to look forward to the next game.”
Saucedo had no real action in the first half, but had several important stops in the second half as Pachuca looked to draw the game. The Xolos keeper made several dives on set pieces and was instrumental in keeping his sheet clean. Xolos won the game 1-0.
“We look forward to what is next, enjoy today’s victory and thank the fans for their support,” Saucedo said after the game.
Returning to the pitch of the Caliente stadium was former Xolos star striker Duvier Riascos. The Colombian did not fare to well in his return to Tijuana, but was glad to return to the “city that gave me so much.”
“The fans gave me a good welcome,” Riascos said with his trademark smile. “I wasn’t sure how they would receive me, but they received me well.”
Xolos travel to Morelia to face Monarcas on Saturday. Pachuca will host Club Leon at the Hidalgo stadium on Sunday.
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