ANDY SCHREUR - Thursday, August 29, 2013
Club Tijuana continued their unbeaten run in CONCACAF Champions League Group 7 play as they downed C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo on Wednesday night.
Gregory Garza, Joe Corona, Bruno Piceno and Paul Arriola all started as the Xoloitzcuintles played their first Champions League home match on Wednesday night at Estadio Caliente.
Garza and Arriola played the full 90 minutes while Piceno went 45 minutes and Corona was subbed off in the 59th.
The Xolos struggled to break down El Salvador's Firpo, who only played one striker and sat back to absorb the attack, similar to the match earlier this month in San Salvador.
Tijuana's breakthrough came in the 81st minute when substitute Raul Enríquez sent a corner kick into the box and Fidel Martínez rose above his defender and headed it past a diving Dennis Salinas for the deciding goal. He then promptly received a yellow card for removing his jersey during the goal celebration. The 23-year-old Ecuadoran midfielder has three goals in six appearances in all competitions for the Xolos and has scored in back-to-back matches.
Tijuana resumes Champions League play on September 26 when they host C.D. Victoria (Honduras). This weekend, the Xolos travel to Chiapas, with whom they are tied in Liga MX standings.