EDGAR ZUNIGA - Friday, November 23, 2012
León showed no mercy in tearing apart visiting Club Tijuana and there was nothing Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo could do to stop them.
In the second week of the season, León crushed the Xoloitzcuintles 4-0. That might have been a long time ago, but the potent León offense had their way with the Xolos once more in their 2-0 victory in the first leg of their semifinals matchup.
The Xolos were in no way dominated; they played smart and orderly, but were unable to find the final scoring touch. Meanwhile, León played a scrappy, yet patient game and made the best of their clear scoring opportunities.
Just when it seemed Club Tijuana would finally solve the León defense, the Lions roared back. About a minute after subbing into the game in the 55th minute, Othoniel Arce took a pass from Carlos Alberto Peña and scored a golazo from an angle, giving León the 1-0 lead.
Before, the Xolos could recover, Arce struck again. Two minutes later, the roles were reversed as he served a pass to Peña who was at the penalty spot, and he fired low and through a tangle of legs into the net.
The Xolos desperately tried to score but León just sat back and weathered the storm, taking a crucial 2-0 lead as the series now shifts to Estadio Caliente, where Club Tijuana has yet to lose this season and will now have to overcome León's advantage.
Although Castillo went all 90 minutes but Corona was subbed out in the 66th minute after struggling to score. Greg Garza didn't see any action.