2013 Libertadores: Tijuana hosts Palmeiras

2013 Libertadores: Tijuana hosts Palmeiras

Tijuana will test their strength at home on Tuesday when they welcome Palmeiras in the first leg of the knockout stages at the 2013 Copa Libertadores.

The team from Mexico has reached this stage of the continental tournament thanks in large part for the way they play at home. In their stadium they have beaten Bolivia's San Jose, Brazil's Corinthians and Millonarios from Colombia, a run that allowed them to qualify to the round of 16 as the number two team in Group 5.

However Tijuana's defender Juan Carlos Núñez is cautious of Palmeiras. "They are a difficult opponent, typical Brazilian. It's going to be a very difficult match but we hope to get a result here to close out the tie in Brazil", said Núñez.

Palmeiras, meanwhile, also aspires to fight for the continental title since last weekend they were eliminated by Santos in the quarter-finals of the Paulista tournament.

The match will start at 6:30pm local time (01H30 GMT Wednesday) in the Caliente stadium in the city of Tijuana. The stadium has capacity for 23,000 spectators.

The return leg will be played May 14 at the Pacaembú stadium in Sao Paulo.