The hosts started the game off perfectly with a goal in just the 3rd minute. Motagua couldn’t get the ball out of the box and after a series of rebounds and attempted clearances, José García put it away to give Tijuana the 1-0 (2-0 aggregate) lead.
The Xolos had numerous chances to add to their lead, but a combination of misses by the strikers and a good performance by Motagua’s goalkeeper Jonathan Rougier prevented Tijuana from running up the score. They were also denied by the woodwork.
Despite Tijuana dominating possession and shots throughout the game, the Hondurans tied it up late. In the 88th minute, Walter Martínez beat Gibrán Lajud with a low diagonal shot to make it 1-1 (2-1).
The goal made Tijuana nervous, knowing that Motagua now just needed one more to advance. The final few minutes of the game were nervy, with the Xolos fighting to keep possession and slow down play while Motagua looked frantically for that elusive second goal. In the end, Tijuana held on to the aggregate lead.
With the 1-1 draw (2-1 aggregate win), Tijuana advances to the quarterfinals while Motagua is eliminated.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Pablo Aguilar, Damián Pérez, Omar Mendoza, Ignacio Rivero (Alejandro Guido 71′), Mateus Goncalves (Julio Angulo 80′), Damián Musto (Fernando Arce 85′), Luis Mendoza, Miler Bolaños, José García.
Motagua: Jonathan Rougier, Juan Montes, Marcelo Pereira, Marcelo Santos da Silva, Klifox Bernárdez (Omar Josue Elvir 53′), Denil Maldonado, Reinieri Mayorquin (Javier Estupiñan 65′), Walter Martínez, Wilmer Crisanto (Kevin López 72′), Carlos Discua, Román Castillo.