The 1 vs. 8 matchup kicked off the playoffs today, and it played out just like that-only in reverse, as #8 Leon blew out #1 Tijuana 3-0 in the first leg of their matchup, this one held at Nou Camp. Tijuana may have had the #1 offense this tournament, but Leon has the always-dangerous Mauro Boselli, and he struck first in the 11th minute for the home team, then Fernando Navarro headed one in 5 minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead. German Cano padded the final margin with a 61st minute score. With this result, Tijuana will have to win the second leg by at least 4 goals to advance outright, or 3 to force extra time and maybe a shootout.
Goals-Mauro Boselli (Leon, 11′, 1st of playoffs), Fernando Navarro (Leon, 16′, 1st of playoffs), German Cano (Leon, 61, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Leon 6, Tijuana 1
Corner kicks-Leon 2, Tijuana 1
Amarillas-Leon 1 (Alexander Mejia, 58′), Tijuana 1 (Victor Aguilera, 71′)
Venue: Nou Camp, Leon
Attendance: 18,004 (57.5% capacity)
Next up: 2nd leg on Saturday at Tijuana.