Paso a paso, la semifinal está en el camino
Tijuana, Baja California, 14 de Mayo de 2017._ Los Xoloitzcuintles lograron avanzar a su segunda semifinal en su historia en Primera División, después de superar a Monarcas Morelia en la serie de Cuartos de Final del Clausura 2017 con marcador global de 2-1. Los Canes Aztecas lograron remontar el marcador adverso obtenido en la Ida, y ahora se enfrentarán a Tigres de la UANL (fecha y horarios por definir) por el boleto a la Gran Final del campeonato.

Partido apretado y jugado con el "cuchillo entre los dientes". Los Canes Aztecas salieron al ataque y lograron descontar la desventaja antes del descanso con un gol certero de Henry Martín, quien apareció tras un cabezazo de Joe Corona en el minuto 42' del duelo de Vuelta jugado este domingo en el Estadio Caliente.

En el complemento, los Rojinegros lograron controlar los tiempos del duelo; el gol de Juan Martín Lucero en el minuto 80 mantuvo el encuentro nivelado a favor de los Canes Aztecas, y la solidez defensiva fue factor determinante para cerrar la eliminatoria a favor.

Al final del encuentro, los elementos Rojinegros, Juan Carlos Núñez e Ignacio Malcorra valoraron el encuentro ante Monarcas y visualizaron la siguiente etapa en la que se medirán contra Tigres.

"Estamos muy contentos, el equipo sabía que en casa podíamos dar la vuelta, era difícil pero confiábamos en cada uno de los compañeros, se hizo un gran trabajo y pudimos avanzar", comentó Juan Carlos Núñez.

En tanto, Malcorra descifró el panorama que se avecina en la antesala de la Final. "Vamos ante un rival complicado, Tigres tiene un gran equipo, pero nosotros tenemos el nuestro y si jugamos como en este partido vamos a andar muy bien", concluyó.

Los Xoloitzcuintles iniciarán con la preparación para la serie Semifinal este lunes con un entrenamiento matutino en el Estadio Caliente.

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STEP BY STEP
Xoloitzcuintles to continue with same philosophy, next game up

TIJUANA (May 14, 2017) –Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles reached the semifinals for the second time in its history. It will face Tigres UNAL, the defending champion in a home-and-home series.

But no matter how important the moment is, coach Miguel Herrera’s team will remain with the same team motto as throughout the season. Take it step-by-step, next game up.

The Xoloitzcuintles took care of its previous step by beating Monarcas Morelia 2-0 in the second leg of the quarterfinals, winning the series 2-1. It was a task Juan Carlos Nuñez and Ignacio Malcorra believed the team could tae care of at home.

“We are very happy. I think the team knew that we were going to turn things around here at home,” Nuñez said. “This was a tough score we wanted to get but we had confidence in every one of our teammates. I think this is great work and it brings joy to all of us.”

Malcorra echoed Nuñez thoughts.

“It was very important to win here after the fact that we lost 1-0 over there (Morelia), it was very important to win here,” Malcorra said. “I think the team played a great match, it was in good situations and had many chances at goal and it was solid on defense. We had it controlled for most of the game. This makes us happy and we are glad we were able to advance.”

Advancing means facing Tigres a team that is coming off a 6-1 aggregate win against cross-town rival Monterrey in the quarterfinals.

“Any team in the playoffs will be difficult, any opponent,” Nuñez said of Tigres. “But this team has a goal, to be champion. For that, you must play with everything. We now face Tigres in a difficult series and we will play in two tough games but we are confident the team will do a good job.”

Malcorra has no doubt the team will continue with its motto and that it could help in the next series.

“We must remain calm and think about Tigres, a tough opponent that has very good players with many stars but we do our thing,” Malcorra said. “If we play the way we played today we will do fine.”

Club Tijuana will begin preparing for Tigres with a morning practice Monday before traveling to Monterrey later in the week for the first leg. The second leg will be next weekend at Estadio Caliente.