Los Xolos ended what has been a great week for the club following midweek victory over LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League. Last night in the Estadio Caliente, Tijuana defeated Puebla 3-1 to to move into the playoff positions and if they could improve their away record, who knows what they might achieve. Argentine striker, Dario Benedetto is hitting form at a good time and it was his header that opened the scoring after just 2 minutes. A well worked team move was finished by Ecuadorian, Fidel Martínez just after the hour to double the lead. Maicon Santos pulled a goal back to offer a glimmer of hope for Puebla in the 84th minute but a wonderful stoppage time lob by Fernando Arce ended any chance. It’s a third consecutive defeat for Puebla who languish near the foot of the table but there are encouraging signs in Tijuana.
Morelia and Santos both remain in the middle of the congested playoff picture and last night played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Aldo Leao Ramírez gave Morelia the lead when he was able to capitalise on some sloppy defending after 28 minutes but Pedro Caixinha’s side reacted well. A well struck free kick by Juan Pablo Rodríguez before the break and a penalty converted by the same player, 10 minutes after put the visitors in the driving seat. However, Carlos Adrián Morales’ superb individual effort levelled the match. Jinking in the left, Morales unleashed a fierce left footed shot which left Oswaldo Sánchez no chance and flew into the top corner.
Morelia 2 – 2 Santos Laguna
Tijuana 3 – 1 Puebla