Tijuana beat Atlas by the minimum difference to ensure the Xolos will remain in first place for another week. The victory keeps Tijuana perfect at home this season, while Atlas has yet to win on the road in the Apertura 2016.
The game started off fairly evenly. Tijuana didn’t look as dominant as they have in recent weeks, while Atlas created a few good chances on fast breaks. However, the Xolos settled into the game and they opened the scoring just before halftime.
In the 42nd minute, Gabriel Hauche sent the ball into the box from the left and Milton Caraglio was there to head it home and give Tijuana the 1-0 lead.
Atlas made a halftime substitution and another before the 60th minute as they looked to get back into the game, and the subs proved effective as the Rojinegros looked dangerous for a while. Cándido Ramírez in particular caused trouble for the Xolos’ defense, but the equalizer wouldn’t come.
Then, in the closing stages of the game, Javier Salas was given his second yellow card of the night after a foul on Hauche, leaving the Rojinegros to see out the match with just 10 men.
With a numerical disadvantage, the visitors were unable to break through Tijuana’s defense as they suffered their third straight road loss.
With the 1-0 win, Tijuana reaches 27 points while Atlas remains on 14.
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Michael Orozco, Víctor Aguilera, Yasser Corona, Damián Pérez, Avilés Hurtado (Juan Carlos Medina 89′), Guido Rodríguez, Kevin Gutiérrez, Gabriel Hauche (Víctor Malcorra 86′), Milton Caraglio, Dayro Moreno (Juan Carlos Núñez 75′).
Atlas: Óscar Ustari, José Madueña, Rafael Márquez, Luis Robles, Luis Reyes, Bryan Garnica (Cándido Ramírez 59′), Rodolfo Salinas (Flavio Santos 73′), Sergio Rodríguez (Martín Barragán 46′), Javier Salas, Daniel Álvarez, Jahir Barraza.