Wright-Phillips guides Red Bulls to surprise win over Tijuana

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Tijuana (Mexico), March 7 (IANS) United States team New York Red Bulls stunned Mexico’s Tijuana 2-0, gaining a two-goal advantage in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored both the goals for New York, finding the net in the ninth and 67th minutes, reports Efe news agency.

Wright-Phillips took advantage of defensive lapses by Tijuana on both occasions to score in the penalty area.

In the first, the Red Bulls attacked from the left flank and a Tijuana defender was unable to clear a cross, letting the ball fall in front of Wright-Phillips, who gave it a right-footed finish.

The second goal came when the Englishman got a ball on the left side, entered the penalty area and worked his way through three defenders before surprising Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles also impressed for the Red Bulls, saving a number of shots by Tijuana players including Damian Perez, Ignacio Rivero and Pablo Aguilar.

Tijuana made repeated attacks and in the second round a Rivero shot hit the crossbar before going in, but he was judged off-side.

Red Bulls played with discipline and put up a strong defence after their second goal and did not let Tijuana in despite multiple attempts, with Roble keeping like a wall.

Red Bulls have a two-goal advantage going into the second leg, just needing to defend the goal advantage at home to progress to the semi-finals.

The return leg will be played on March 13 at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

–IANS

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