The Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul CONCACAF Champions League semifinal match will be played this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (7:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Caliente. Xolos and ‘cementeros’ will kick-off the most exciting series between the two semifinals in this Concachampions; the other being Alajualense vs Toluca which starts two hours earlier at 5:00 PM Pacific.
This first leg match will be a tough contest between two serious title contenders. Although Cruz Azul is the clear favorite to reach the final, Xoloitzcuintles must take advantage of their home, and this Tuesday’s match will be crucial in analyzing who reaches the final.
The team coached by Cesar Farias is undefeated at home in the competition, winning all three of their games. Xolos won their last CCL game against LA Galaxy 4-2, where Tijuana looked impressive on offense, yet very shaky and vulnerable on defense. Against the ‘cementeros’, Xolos will have to play a perfect game which they will have to score more than a goal, and if fortunate, to not receive any.
Cruz Azul will have two key absences in this match, as both Marco Fabian and Rogelio Chavez are currently with the Mexican National Team in their preparation for the game against the United States this Wednesday. Nonetheless, the ‘Maquina Cementera’ has a highly talented team, which is evident by their numbers in the Liga MX. The team coached by Luis Fernando Tena has been the best team in the Clausura 2014, and in their last game int he CCL, they destroyed Sporting KC 5-1.
Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul Prediction
During the six times these two teams have faced each other in the Liga MX since Xolos was promoted into the first division, Cruz Azul has gone undefeated. The ‘cementeros’ have won all of their three games at home, however, they have also been unable to win at the Estadio Caliente after three matches. This Tuesday, Xolos will defend their fort where they have only lost one game in all year, and where they play like a top title contender.
The game itself will have Xolos on the attack, with a reserved Cruz Azul who will look to score at least one goal, and finish off the series at home. The home side will dominate the game, and the score will go in Tijuana’s favor. The Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul match will end in a 2-1 win for the home team.
Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul TV Schedule
The Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul match will be televised on Univision Deportes at 7:00 PM Pacific.
Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul Highlights
The Xolos Tijuana vs Cruz Azul video highlights will be uploaded soon after the end of the game.