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May 23, 2013 8:30 PM EDT
Estadio Caliente — Tijuana
Referee:‬ H. Buitrago‎
 
32′ D. Riascos
53′ F. Martínez
Luan 90+2′
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To Be Announced Shortly
Diego Tardelli
Diego Tardelli
Atlético Mineiro
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Club Tijuana 2-2 Atletico Mineiro: Diego Tardelli gives Brazilians early edge

Ronaldinho's side came back from two goals down to eke out a 2-2 draw with the Xolos in Tijuana on Thursday night.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Xolos Tijuana vs Atletico Mineiro
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Atletico Mineiro grabbed a stoppage-time equalizer against Club Tijuana to sneak out of Mexico with a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinal.

Early in the match, a deflected ball hit Ronaldinho in the face and the maestro had to come off briefly for treatment. It was the beginning of an awkward night for last year's runner up in the Brazilian Serie A.

A quarter hour in, a clever free kick found Alfredo Moreno open at the top of the box. Victor shoved his sizzling drive over the bar.

The Xolos kept pressing, with Edgar Castillo missing a key chance. The fullback interchanged with Fidel Martinez at the top of the box after a driving run, and the American overcooked his lob, sending it high and wide.

The breakthrough came after the half hour mark. Former Arsenal man Gilberto Silva slipped on the rubber mulch that passes for turf. Duvier Riascos pounced to poke home at the near post.

To start the second half, Martinez missed an open header a few yards from goal. A minute later, an even easier chance came when Victor could only parry a stiff Moreno shot and it fell to the Ecuadorian in front of goal. Martinez only had to flick the ball into the empty net to double the lead.

The Xolos hadn't conceded a goal at home in the Copa Libertadores all season, four games in total, until Mineiro pulled one back in the 65th minute. The Minas Gerais had scored 19 in the past seven.

Ronaldinho took a corner. At the far post, Diego Tardelli finished, and the assistant raised his flag. Cirilo Saucedo pawed it out after the ball crossed the line, but the goal stood.

As the match ground to a close, it cooled in pace. Then, in stoppage time, the Brazilian side grabbed the crucial away equalizer when Tardelli played substitute Luan through. The ball rolled past Saucedo into the net, likely ending Club Tijuana's run at the quarterfinals.

The second leg is in a week in Brazil.

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Club Tijuana

13
C. Saucedo
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
E. Castillo
Defender
 - 
3
J. Gandolfi
Midfielder
 - 
-
J. Ábrego
Defender
 - 
22
 - 
-
O. Ortíz
Striker
 - 
8
Fernando Arce
Midfielder
 - 
-
Cristian Pellerano
Midfielder
55′
 - 
16
Richard Ruiz
Defender
82′
 - 
-
A. Moreno
Striker
72′
 - 
-
F. Martínez
Midfielder
53′ 87′
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-
D. Riascos
Striker
32′
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Atlético Mineiro

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1
Victor
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
4
Réver
Defender
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-
 - 
5
Pierre
Midfielder
30′
 - 
8
 - 
10
Ronaldinho
Striker
 - 
-
Bernard
Midfielder
46′
 - 
20
Richarlyson
Midfielder
 - 
15
Gilberto Silva
Midfielder
 - 
7

Striker
91′
 - 
9

Substitutes

44
 - 
-
 - 
7
 - 
15
J. Corona
Midfielder
72′
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
38
B. Piceno
Defender
87′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
 - 
3
 - 
25
 - 
-
 - 
7
Josué
Midfielder
82′
 - 
19
Alecsandro
Striker
91′
 - 
27
Luan
Striker
46′ 92′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Cuca
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Julio Dos Santos Julio Dos Santos
Midfielder
Cerro Porteño
5 3
J. Sornoza J. Sornoza
Midfielder
Ind. del Valle
4 3
Gustavo Javier Canales Gustavo Javier Canales
Striker
Unión Española
4 2
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
4 1
Luis Miguel Escalada Luis Miguel Escalada
Striker
Emelec
4 0