CCL Preview: Club Tijuana leave it late, but extend home unbeaten run with 2-1 victory over Monterrey

09 February 4:53 pm

CCL Preview: Club Tijuana leave it late, but extend home unbeaten run with 2-1 victory over Monterrey

By Adam Serrano

It turns out all Club Tijuana needed to return to winning ways was a little home cooking.  

Back at the Estadio Caliente, Dario Benedetto and Cristian Pellerano scored as Tijuana erased a second half deficit to defeat C.F. Monterrey 2-1, moving up to sixth place in the 2014 Torneo Clausura.  The win extended Xolos’ home unbeaten streak to 17 games.  

After a back-and-forth first half, Monterrey attacker Cesar Delgado put Los Rayados up in the 65th minute when he launched a shot from beyond the penalty area that sailed past Xolos goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.

Tijuana needed just 10 minutes to equalize when Benedetto, who came on for American Herculez Gomez in the second half, smashed a close-range opportunity into the back of the Monterrey net. The winner came in the 86th minute as a Juan Hernandez header found a lurking Pellerano setting up an easy finish for the Argentine midfielder.

Club Tijuana returns to action on  Feb. 14 when they travel to Torreon to take on Santos Laguna with hopes of snapping their 17-match road winless streak. 

Highlights from the match against Monterrey are below...