I’m sure Jesse Marsch and his side would have taken a draw in the first leg in Mexico, however they won’t have believed their luck. Two away goals and a clean sheet intact, the Red Bulls are in a great position to advance next week at the Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls had the perfect start as they grabbed the first away goal after just 9 minutes. It was the ever-reliable Bradley Wright-Phillips that gave the visitors the early advantage after he fired high into the net from close range.
Just after the half hour mark, Wright-Phillips almost cancelled out his early goal after he could’ve easily given a penalty away. He blocked a Tijuana shot with his arms in the air. He gave the referee a decision to make, but got away with it.
Overall, it ended up being a fantastic first half for the Red Bulls, however they needed to give Luis Robles a pat on the back during the break, as without his incredible saves, they wouldn’t have been leading.
Tijuana pressed in the second half and really increased the pressure. Robles continued to make wonder-saves and had the answer for every Tijuana attack. Until…
The home side had a perfectly good goal incorrectly ruled out for offside in the 64th minute. The Red Bulls had all of the luck on their side and their unbelievable fortune continued as they went up the other end and secured a second away goal. It was Wright-Phillips, who was clinical yet again, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Club Tijuana manager, Diego Cocca will be extremely frustrated as his side dominated the game, but got absolutely nothing for their efforts. It just shows that dominance means nothing, it’s all about taking your chances, and that’s what the Red Bulls did.
New York and Jesse Marsch will be absolutely delighted with their nights work. They can now go into the second leg next week with a huge amount of confidence knowing that there would have to be a disaster in order not to progress.