The Tijuana Xolos played their penultimate game in the Liga MX 2019 Clausura season this Friday, April 26. The Xoloitzcuintles visited the Estadio Morelos to face Monarcas Morelia in what was a must-win game heading into the encounter.
Club Tijuana delivered on this task as the Aztec Canines took a massive 4-1 win against La Monarquia. The game started off rough for the Xolos as Miguel Angel Sansores scored a headed goal that gave Morelia a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Gustavo Bou then brought it back in the 20th minute with a spectacular goal off a shot from the edge of the penalty box. The turning point of the game then came in the 35th minute as Morelia striker Miguel Angel Sansores picked up a red card after a tackle on Xolos midfielder Ignacio Rivero.
The first half ended 1-1, but Club Tijuana was able to take advantage of the extra man in the second half. Gustavo Bou scored his second goal of the match as he fired a rocket from outside of the penalty box that found the back of the net and gave the Xolos a 2-1 lead.
Miller Bolanos then scored from a penalty kick in the 60th minute to give the Border City Dogs a 3-1 lead. Jesus Angulo then put the finishing blow to Morelia in the 65th minute as the Xoloitzcuintles had a comfortable 4-1 lead.
The Aztec Canines held onto the sizeable lead until the end of the match and took the valuable three points from the clash. The Xolos are now in seventh place with 25 points and close out the season against Puebla at the Estadio Caliente this next Saturday, May 4.
Oscar Pareja’s team is a step closer to making the playoffs and the final game against Puebla is still very important as the Xolos cannot lose to hold onto a playoff spot.
Xolos’ lineup: Gibran Lajud, Omar Mendoza, Julian Velazquez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Luis Fuentes, Diego Rodriguez (69’ Kevin Balanta), Ignacio Rivero, Jesus Angulo, Miller Bolanos (75’ Diego Gonzalez), Gustavo Bou, Ariel Nahuelpan (45’ Eryc Castillo).