Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Tijuana on Saturday night. The result keeps the Rayos winless this season and keeps them at the foot of the Tabla de Cociente that controls relegation.
Necaxa came out attacking as they looked to earn that elusive first victory, but the league-leading Xolos were well-organized and soon had the ball. The visitors created the first dangerous chances of the game, but Marcelo Barovero was able to make two important saves.
Then, in the 28th minute, the hosts opened the scoring. Jesús Isijara played in Severo Meza, who took the ball to the endline before pulling it back for Luis Gallegos, who made no mistake with the finish.
Tijuana began pressing for an equalizer and Necaxa dropped back to defend rather than going forward to try to extend their lead. In the second half, the Xolos were given a golden opportunity to tie it after Avilés Hurtado drew a penalty kick.
Dayro Moreno stepped up and converted the PK to make it 1-1 in the 62nd minute.
After the equalizer, Necaxa began pressing forward, but they were lacking creativity in the final third.
With the 1-1 draw, Necaxa reaches four points while Tijuana reaches 13.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Severo Meza (Fernando Meza 50′), Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Xavier Baez, Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Jesús Isijara (Jesús Gómez 70′), Edson Puch, Fabián Espíndola (Rodrigo Prieto 67′).
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Michael Orozco, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Víctor Aguilera, Damián Pérez, Guido Rodríguez, Gabriel Hauche, Víctor Malcorra (Kevin Gutiérrez 59′), Avilés Hurtado (Paul Arriola 81′), Milton Caraglio, Dayro Moreno (Juan Carlos Núñez 84′).