Tijuana remained perfect at home in the Apertura 2016 and kept the pressure on Tigres at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Querétaro. The loss keeps the Gallos Blancos winless on the road this season.
The Xolos started the game off well, controlling the midfield and finding opportunities from the movement of Dayro Moreno and Avilés Hurtado up front. In the 23rd minute, Moreno opened the scoring after Milton Caraglio headed the ball back towards the top of the six-yard box for the onrushing Colombian.
Tijuana then made it 2-0 in the 31st minute, when Gabriel Hauche sent the ball into the box and Hurtado got behind the defense to acrobatically send the ball home.
Querétaro nearly responded through Ángel Sepúlveda, whose powerful shot was just redirected away by Federico Vilar.
In the second half, the Gallos pushed forward in search of a comeback, while Tijuana settled back to strike mainly on the counterattack. Querétaro’s pressure bore fruit in the 63rd minute, when Camilo Sanvezzo struck a perfect free kick to make it 2-1.
Querétaro had the better of possession for the rest of the game, but they were unable to do much with it, while Tijuana’s forays forward were all dangerous. Tiago Volpi turned into the man of the match for the visitors as he made three spectacular saves to keep the Xolos from running up the score.
With the 2-1 win, Tijuana reaches 21 points while Querétaro remains on 12.
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Michael Orozco, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Víctor Aguilera, Damián Pérez, Avilés Hurtado (Víctor Malcorra 63′), Guido Rodríguez, Kevin Gutiérrez, Gabriel Hauche (Juninho 73′), Milton Caraglio, Dayro Moreno (Paul Arriola 87′).
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Juan Forlín, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Dionicio Escalante (Jonathan Bornstein 34′), Jaime Gómez, Nery Domínguez, Ángel Sepúlveda, Neri Cardozo, Luis Noriega (Armando Zamorano 62′), Camilo Sanvezzo, Édgar Benítez (Yerson Candelo 62′).