Tijuana Xolos Liga MX 2020 Clausura Recap: Xolos draw to Toluca in uneventful clash

Credit: Toluca FC

Tijuana, Mexico

The Tijuana Xolos played their fifth match in the Liga MX 2020 Clausura this Friday, Feb. 8. The Xoloitzcuintles hosted Toluca in what proved to be a very uneventful 1-1 draw at the Mictlan.

The game was expected to be an even clash, but it was a disappointment, considering that there was potential for more goals to be scored. The first half of the encounter ended scoreless with only one shot on target from both teams.

Club Tijuana struck first on the scoreboard until the 68th minute as Alexis Castro scored his first-ever Liga MX goal. The goal was a very well-constructed play as Erick Torres provided a very good assist on the play to put the goal on a platter for Castro.

It seemed that the Border City Dogs had the win on lockdown, but Toluca struck with just three minutes on the clock. Michael Estrada also scored his first-ever Liga MX goal as he tied it up in the border city town.

The game ended 1-1 in what was a very disappointing and dull encounter for the fans. The Xolos’ offensive problems continued as Club Tijuana has only scored four total games this season.

The Xoloitzcuintles have scored just two goals in their last three league games as something needs to change in the attack. Erick Torres did a good job in this match, but he does not seem to be a long-term fix to the issue.

The positive to take from this match is that the Xolos are still undefeated at home now with two draws and a win at the Mictlan. The border city side will look to bounce back next week in a tough away match against Monarcas Morelia.

Xolos Lineup: Gibran Lajud, Vladimir Lorona, Miguel Barbieri, Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez, Omar Mendoza, Ignacio Rivero, Christian Rivera, Mauro Lainez (80′ Emilio Sanchez), Miller Bolanos, Angel Sepulveda (60′ Alexis Castro), Camilo Sanvezzo (68′ Erick Torres)

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Francisco Velasco
Francisco, 21, Chula Vista area, Journalism student at Southwestern College. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres' 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team, get press passes for every home game and write consistently about the team for EVT.

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