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Tijuana downs Galaxy to reach CONCACAF semifinals

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The Canadian Press
3/19/2014 1:52:28 AM
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TIJUANA, Mexico -- Ecuador striker Jaime Ayovi scored twice in the first ten minutes to lead Tijuana to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday.

Ayovi scored in the 2nd and 9th minutes as Tijuana claimed a 4-3 aggregate win over the two legs of the quarterfinals. Argentine striker Dario Benedetto added a goal in the 26th minute and Richard Ruiz lengthened the lead in the 80th for Tijuana.

Robbie Keane scored off an Omar Gonzalez pass in the 46th minute and found the net again in 84th for the Galaxy.

Tijuana, playing for the first time in the region's top club tournament, will play either Sporting Kansas City or Mexico City-based Cruz Azul in the semifinals.

The Mexicans started strong and took the lead when Argentine Christian Pellerano's shot inside the box was deflected by goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and the rebound fell to Ayovi, who scored from two meters (yards).

Ayovi got his second goal off a long cross from Pellerano and dribbled the ball past Penedo before finishing finished with a soft touch.

Tijuana*s third goal came when Benedetto stole the ball from Brazilian defender Leonardo Da Silva and scored with a powerful shot to the right post of the goalkeeper Penedo.

The Galaxy drew one back when Landon Donovan sent a cross inside the box to Gonzalez, who headed the ball to Keane for the goal.

Ruiz made it 3-1 with a powerful strike inside the box, but Keane scored again to keep the Galaxy in touch.

The Galaxy pushed for a third goal that would have been enough to advance on aggregate, but the Tijuana defence held on for the win.

Tijuana celebrates (Photo: RAMIRO FUENTES/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: RAMIRO FUENTES/AFP/Getty Images)
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