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2018 CONCACAF Champions League match preview: Club Tijuana vs. FC Motagua

FC Motagua comes to Tijuana to face a Xolos club without a couple of their best players in the return leg of the CCL Round of 16.

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Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Fútbol Club Motagua

Date: Tuesday, February 27th

Time: 10:00 p.m. Eastern, 9:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Pacific, 2:00 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)

Television: United States - Univision Deportes Network; Mexico - Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte; Honduras - Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte;

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling (Free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW; Fox Play Latin America

Club Tijuana’s Miller Bolaños dribbles past a Motagua FC defender in the Round of 16 match in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.
Club Tijuana’s Miller Bolaños dribbles past a Motagua FC defender in the Round of 16 match in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.
Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente press release

There’s rarely a CONCACAF Champions League match that goes off without a hitch, and last week’s opening match between FC Motagua and Club Tijuana was no exception. The match was initially moved to H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas due to political unrest in Honduras, and then the match was suspended for almost an hour when a strong storm rolled through and knocked out power to the stadium. The match ended 1-0 in favor of Tijuana, as Xolos were able to pick up the ever important away goal in the home and home series thanks to Ignacio Rivero.

Now the teams will head to Tijuana, with the winner advancing to face the winner of the Olimpia - New York Red Bulls series (the clubs drew 1-1 in Costa Rica last week). Xolos manager Diego Cocca has said that Xolos will be without winger Ignacio Malcorra and forward Gustavo “Pantera” Bou. Bou was injured after a hard fall on the turf at Estadio Caliente in the match against Pumas on February 17, while Malcorra appears to be a healthy scratch.

Motagua had a week off from the rigors of the Honduran Liga Nacional and has been in Tijuana since Sunday. In their last match against Xolos they held their own, forcing Gibran Lajud to make five saves. Motagua’s offense showed glimpses of promise, but Tijuana’s defense has been among the best in the hemisphere this year and it will be no easy ask for Motagua to break through.