Match Report: Xolos win leaves Leon’s liguilla entrance in question

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By Rafael

Xolos end the season with a win over the still reigning Liga MX champions Leon. Leon came into this game with a clear chance to solidify their place into the top 8 of the Liga MX, but the loss leaves them depending on other results to advance.

Early in the game, Matosas’ men were the ones on the attack. However, against the run of play in the 15th minute, Dario Benedetto received a pass from Dayro Moreno to give Xolos the surprise lead.

The game then got a bit chippy and the ref started losing control of the game. After receiving a yellow only a few minutes earlier, Ignacio Gonzalez committed a second yellow card offense and was sent off for Leon. Only 33 minutes had transpired, and Gonzalez had left his team with 10 men and still trying to even the scoreline.

Early in the second half, Martin Bravo came in as a substitution for Leon when one of his crosses was met by Tijuana player Javier Salas for a peculiar own goal. Leon’s liguilla prospects were still in tact.

But a few minutes later, one of Benedetto’s shots was clearly blocked by an opponent’s hands. No penalty was called, but in the same play, Magallon would push in an opponent’s cross for the second own goal of the game. It was 2 own goals in a span of minutes, and Tijuana was back on top.

Benedetto sealed the win in the 88th minute from a pass by Dayro Moreno, after dribbling past the goalkeeper on a one on one.

Mauro Boselli scored  in injury time to establish himself as the league’s top scorer, at the moment, but it only served as a consolation prize.

Leon now awaits for the rest of the weekend’s results to see if they make the liguilla. On the other hand, Tijuana will decide the future of their manager Daniel Guzman in the coming weeks as they decide what their plan is for 2015.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs Mexicanfut.com when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.