Monday Kickoff: Club Tijuana reaches Mexican Final, Barca midfielders dominate World XI list, and more

Monday Kickoff: Club Tijuana reaches Mexican Final, Barca midfielders dominate World XI list, and more

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Monday Kickoff: Club Tijuana reaches Mexican Final, Barca midfielders dominate World XI list, and more

Club Tijuana booked their place in the Mexican League final on Sunday night by erasing a two-goal first-leg deficit and rolling past Club Leon by a 3-0 scoreline.

Duvier Riasco scored the crucial second goal for Tijuana to take control of the two-leg series, and Richard Ruiz provided an insurance goal for Club Tijuana, which will now take on Toluca in the Mexican League final after Toluca disposed of Club America in the other semifinal.

Americans Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona were in the starting lineup for Tijuana, which is on the verge of capping an improbable run from the Mexican Decond Division to a Mexican First Division championship.

Here are some other stories from the weekend to get your Monday going:

BARCELONA DOMINATES WORLD XI MIDFIELDERS NOMINATIONS 

Barcelona teammates Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets have all made the 15-player short list for midfield places in the FIFPro World XI.

Three midfielders will be chosen to be a part of the World XI, and Xavi and Iniesta are expected to make the team yet again, while Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is a good bet to join them on the team.

Here are the midfield nominees:

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Xavi (Barcelona).

SNEIJDER IN LIMBO AT MILAN

Inter Milan is set to take on Parma today and one player who won’t be in uniform for Inter is Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who is embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with the club.

Reports have emerged suggesting that Sneijder will not play for Inter until he takes a pay cut, and if he does not take a pay cut then he will be sold in the winter transfer window.

Inter has managed to close in on first-place Juventus without Sneijder, and could sell him in January to bolster the rest of the roster. Manchester United continues to be linked to a move for the 28-year-old playmaker.

QUICK KICKS

Former Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero is in critical condition after suffering a blood clot in the brain. (REPORT)


The English FA is set to investigate alleged anti-semitic chants sung by West Ham United fans during their loss to Tottenham. (REPORT)

Arsenal will have some extra money to spend on the transfer market after securing a
£70 million sponsorship deal with Emirates Airline. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these developments? Impressed with Club Tijuana’s run this season? See Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona riding their club success to bigger roles on the U.S. national team? Which three midfielders would make your World XI ballot for 2012?

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