The Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios Copa Libertadores 2013 match will be played this Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (4:30 PM Pacific) at the Estadio El Campin in Bogota, Colombia. This match will open up play in Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores- the other two teams are Corinthians (Brazil), and San Jose (Bolivia). Both Xolos and Millonarios are coming off championship winning seasons, and are hoping to advance far in the Copa Libertadores.
Xolos Tijuana won the Apertura 2012 Liga MX championship, finishing off a spectacular season where they only lost 2 matches all season long. The reward (other than the title), was participation in its first ever international tournament, the Copa Libertadores 2013.
The new season started off well enough for Xolos, winning its first 4 matches. However, Xolos has slowed down considerably, going without a win in its past 3 matches (1 draw & 2 losses). Furthermore, it’s likely that Tijuana will have to face the Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios Copa Libertadores match without Chango Moreno, who is still injured.
Xolos will have to use their speedy strikers, Fidel Martinez and Duvier Riascos, to generate offensive opportunities. It’s likely that El Turco will setup a defensive formation that takes advantage of the strikers’ speed for counterattacking opportunities.
Similar to Xolos, Millonarios is also coming off a successful season, where they were crowned champions of the Colombian league. In the 2013 season, Millonarios has started off quite well, winning 2 out of 3 matches and drawing the other one- still undefeated. Coach Hernan Torres has done a good job at keeping his players in top shape after the championship run the previous season.
The last time Millonarios played in the Copa Libertadores was 1997. This is a long time to wait for a team that has won 14 Colombian titles. The ownership, the coach, the players and most important of all, the fans, have been waiting a long time for the Copa Libertadores. Expect to see the Millonarios players give it their all in the Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios match, El Campin will be packed, and the fans will be looking for a win.
Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios Prediction
Millonarios has been waiting for this opportunity, and they will want to start off the Copa Libertadores with a win. However, they will face a very tough Xolos Tijuana squad that knows how to defend well and score on the counterattack. It will be an intense match that should be a joy to watch. The Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios match will end in a 1-1 draw that benefits the away team.
Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios Television
The Xolos Tijuana vs Millonarios game will be televised LIVE this Tuesday, February 19, 2013 on Fox Deportes at 4:30 PM Pacific.