Goals from Fernando Arce, Juan Rodríguez and Germán Urenda were enough as Club Tijuana of Mexico comfortably brushed away Liverpool in the third game of the 2014 Copa Chivas International Scotiabank. According to viewers of the game, the 3-0 scoreline was reflective as Tijuana were clinical whereas Liverpool could not convert any of the chances they created. It was a change of venue for Alex Inglethorpe’s side as they played at the Iteso facilities rather than the San Rafael Stadium and it was a later kick off, 12pm instead of a 9:30am.
The Reds were looking to build on their 3-1 win in their second game of the tournament whilst Tijuana will be looking to pick up consecutive wins after beating the Reds’ next opponents Chivas USA.
The Mexican side started well with fierce tempo and dominated possession. This domination inevitably resulted in the first goal of the game, which went to the home side after Fernando Arce beat Andy Firth with a simple header in the 13th minute.
Liverpool’s best chance to equalise came when Sheyi Ojo set up Daniel Trickett-Smith but the former Crewe man couldn’t beat Tijuana goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas.
The hosts soon doubled their advantage shortly before half time when Firth’s clearance off a deflected cross fell to Juan Rodríguez, who simply controlled before bursting into the penalty area and slotting it past Firth. A long game was to follow if the Reds continued to be governed by Tijuana.
After Alex Inglethorpe’s half time team talk, the Reds, led by captain Rafael Paez started to put pressure on the Mexican backline. The most notable chance fell to Jordan Lussey, but the young midfielder couldn’t convert the chance, as the Reds were beginning to waste opportunities. The reason why the Reds created plenty of chances was because Tijuana could afford to sit back and then try and counter. They did this well as their defence was organised and well supported by the midfield and when they countered their forwards were assisted by the ever reliant midfield.
It wasn’t long before Tijuana made it 3-0 through a counter attack. Mexican winger Gerardo Chavez picked the ball up on the left wing in bags of space and ran unchallenged towards the defence. He then had no problem passing it to German Urenda who had no issues slotting it into an empty net.
The result means the Reds suffer their first defeat of the tournament and drop to fourth in the table with four points. Club Tijuana rise to second with the victory and now have six points out of a possible nine.
Liverpool will virtually need to win both of their remaining fixtures to qualify for the semi finals and face Chivas USA in the next game, who lie bottom of the table having lost all 3 games scoring 0 goals, but in this tournament anything can happen. They also return to the San Rafael stadium where they remain undefeated. Whereas today’s victors Club Tijuana face a tougher test as they play top of the table Columbia in a game that sees first face second at the Verde Valle at 9:30am kick-off.
This is what captain and defender Rafael Paez had to say about today’s loss:
“The result was bulky for what the game was about, but the game turned out like this and we now have to forget about this match and move onto the next. We have to wait on the other results, and try to win our next match and see what happens from there, if we can qualify, I think we’ve done a good job here and we’ll see what happens. The game is like that, we’ve done everything we can, it hasn’t been great, we’re going to continue working and see if we can get it”
As you may know, these games have already happened, but there will be match reports from all of Liverpool’s games exclusively on my blog and I doubt they will be covered elsewhere so keep an eye out on my blog in the coming days for match reports from every single Liverpool Under 18s game in the tournament.
Thanks for reading this match report and if you have any questions, be sure to tweet and follow me @ScottTaylorUK and I’ll respond if I can answer your question. See you tomorrow for a match report for the Club Tijuana game, only on http://www.thenextgenkopites.wordpress.com