Referee Fernando Guerrero turned down clear penalty shouts for both teams, one in each half, as Monterrey and Tijuana settled for a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten at home this season, but with just one win from four matches in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. As for Tijuana, the Xolos remain unbeaten in three on the road and unbeaten in six overall.
Monterrey started the game off better and had more of the ball, but their early rhythm was disrupted by the injury and forced substitution of José María Basanta in the 25th minute.
Tijuana had the first dangerous chance of the game in the 31st minute, when Milton Caraglio was left unmarked in the box, but he couldn’t put his header on frame.
Monterrey responded in the 41st minute, when Dorlan Pabón forced a good save out of Federico Vilar, who was able to tip the shot against the bar.
In the second half, the Rayados continued to look dangerous, principally through Dorlan Pabón, but Vilar shone in goal as he kept the hosts off the board. Monterrey’s best chance of the half came in the 80th minute, when new signing Alberth Elis saw his chipped shot go just over the bar.
With the 0-0 draw, Monterrey reaches 10 points while Tijuana reaches 17.
Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Iván Piris, César Montes, Hiram Mier, José María Basanta (Walter Ayoví 26′), Yimmi Chara, Celso Ortiz, Arturo González (Carlos Sánchez 72′), Walter Gargano, Dorlan Pabón (Edwin Cardona 62′), Alberth Elis.
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Michael Orozco, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Yasser Corona, Damián Pérez, Gabriel Hauche (Paul Arriola 65′), Guido Rodríguez, Víctor Malcorra (Kevin Gutiérrez 57′), Avilés Hurtado (Juan Carlos Núñez 72′), Dayro Moreno, Milton Caraglio.