The first weekend of the tournament also featured a matchup of teams fighting to achieve different but similar goals-Tijuana trying to prove it’s impressive regular season run last tournament was no fluke, Morelia fighting to win and avoid demotion after this season. One team won but maybe not the expected one-Morelia came away with a surprise 2-0 win at home, completely shutting down last tournament’s top offense. It took just 20 minutes for Morelia to strike first, as Carlos Morales gave the home team the lead for good-it could have been 2-0 at that point but Juan Rodriguez failed to score on a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Raul Ruidiaz, who shared last tournament’s scoring title with Tijuana’s Dayro Moreno, picked up where he left off with an insurance goal in second half stoppage time to send the fans home happy. So Morelia gets its quest to avoid demotion off to a good start, but they weren’t helped by Veracruz also winning yesterday.
The victory was offset by very sad news-the league later that announced the death of Morelia amateur player Gabriel Saucedo de Leon. The league sends its condolences to his family and friends.
Goals-Carlos Morales (Morelia, 20′, 1st of tournament), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia, 90+1′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Morelia 3
Corner kicks-Tijuana 6, Morelia 2
Amarillas-Morelia 3 (Facundo Erpen, 48′, Rodrigo Miller, 67′, Mario Osuna, 79′), Tijuana 2 (Manuel Lajud, 18′, Guido Rodriguez, 24′)
Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia
Attendance: 27,530 (80.5% capacity)
Morelia-at Queretaro (1/14)