Cristian Pellerano scored the lone goal for Xolos from the penalty spot in the 79th minute after a foul on Dario Benedetto in the area. They had never beaten Cruz Azul before. Corona came off in the second half, while Castillo played the entire match. U.S. striker Herculez Gomez came on as a late sub.
Afterwards, Gomez tweeted that he planned on retiring after the current season, only to send out a second tweet later in the evening saying ...
If you believe I’m retiring today of all days then I’ve got some oceanfront property in Idaho that I want to sell ya. #APRILFOOLS— herculez gomez (@herculezg) April 2, 2014
Toluca moved closer to the final with a 1-0 win at Costa Rica's Alajuelense in the other semifinal. A header from Paraguayan defender Paulo da Silva off a corner kick in the 72nd minute gave the Rojos Diablos the win. Alajuela's best chance went to waste as Jonathan McDonald missed a penalty kick in the 66th minute.
The return legs will be played next Tuesday (Toluca-Alajuelense) and Wednesday (Cruz Azul-Tijuana).