Tijuana vs Monarcas Morelia – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap and Highlights

Tijuana beat Monarcas Morelia 2-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, giving the superlíderes a 2-1 aggregate victory and a spot in the semifinals.

The Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.

Avilés Hurtado was the main dangerman for the hosts, with the Colombian creating a number of chances and combining well with Henry Martín and Milton Caraglio. The hosts had opportunities to score starting as early as the 6th minute, but it wasn’t until just before halftime that they found the breakthrough.

In the 42nd minute, Tijuana earned a corner kick, which was headed on towards goal for Martín to knock past Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, making it 1-0 on the night and knotting up the aggregate at 1-1, with the tiebreakers favoring the Xolos.

With the pressure now on Morelia, the visitors made a halftime substitution as they looked to retake the series lead. But Tijuana maintained the pressure and refused to allow Morelia any opportunities.

It wasn’t until late on that the Monarquía began to threaten, but chances from Miguel Ángel Sansores and Rodrigo Millar came to naught, with Gibrán Lajud making a great save to deny the latter, sending the ball out for a corner kick.

From that corner, the Xolos mounted a quick counterattack that ended with Hurtado finding substitute Juan Lucero, who made it 2-0 (2-1) in the 79th minute.

That second goal didn’t actually change anything from Morelia’s perspective – they still needed just one goal to turn the series around – and the visitors threw numbers forward in the waning moments as they looked to pull off the upset. But in the end, the Xolos were able to maintain the shutout.

With the 2-0 (2-1 aggregate) win, Tijuana advances to the semifinals while Morelia is eliminated.

Highlights

Lineups

Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Guido Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Damián Pérez, Juan Carlos Núñez, Carlos Vargas, Víctor Malcorra, Avilés Hurtado, Milton Caraglio (Juan Lucero 70′), Henry Martín (Luis Chávez 76′), Joe Corona.

Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Enrique Pérez, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez (Fernando Ortíz 77′), Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Rodrigo Millar, Jefferson Cuero, Mario Osuna (Rodolfo Vilchis 45′ – Diego Valdés 66′) , Aldo Rocha, Miguel Ángel Sansores, Gastón Lezcano.

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