León vs Tijuana – Quarterfinal Recap and Highlights

León picked up a 2-1 victory against Tijuana in the second leg of their quarterfinal series to advance with a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory.

La Fiera were in a comfortable position going into this game after picking up a 3-1 away win in the first leg; the Xolos needed to win by three to move on, and León had the best defensive record in the league this season. The hosts could have sat back and let the first leg result be decisive, but instead they came out looking to win and they soon had the opening goal.

In the 8th minute, Joel Campbell ran on to a long pass into the box and fired a low diagonal shot past Manuel Gibrán Lajud and into the far corner to make it 1-0 (4-1) for León.

That goal energized both the team and the crowd and León kept pressing. They spent most of the half in and around Tijuana’s box, and in the 28th minute they added a second goal. On the counter, José Juan Macías slid the ball to Ángel Mena on the right; he sent a cross in, and Campbell was there at the far post to make it 2-0 (5-1) before the half-hour mark.

Tijuana managed to reduce the deficit just before half time, when Gustavo Bou scored from just outside the box to make it 2-1 (5-2) in the 44th minute. That goal proved to be little more than a consolation, however, as it still left the Xolos needing three more that they ultimately were unable to find.

They thought they had found a second in the 71st minute, when a shot from Miler Bolaños deflected off Bou and into the net, but after VAR review the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.

Tijuana could come no closer to a comeback than that as León cruised their way into the semifinals.

With the 2-1 (5-2 aggregate) win, León advances to the semifinals while Tijuana is eliminated.


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