After an 11-game unbeaten streak to start the season, Tigres UANL have now lost two in a row after falling 0-2 to Necaxa on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Rayos now have back-to-back wins and are unbeaten in seven.
Neither team was able to get much going in the first half, although what chances there were went Tigres’ way. André-Pierre Gignac got into a good position in the 21st minute, but the defense was there to prevent him from getting a shot off as his goal drought continued. Then, in the 34th minute, Tigres had a penalty shout after Ismael Sosa appeared to be fouled, but the referee wasn’t impressed.
In the second half, Tigres pressed forward with more intent while Marcelo Barovero did well to keep the hosts off the board.
Then, in the 58th minute, Nahuel Guzmán committed a costly error as the goalkeeper gave up a bad rebound and Edson Puch pounced on the loose ball to give Necaxa the 0-1 lead against the run of play.
A disconcerted Tigres proved unable to find an equalizer, and instead Necaxa added to their lead. In the 82nd minute, Fabián Espíndola got past Guido Pizarro and José Rivas to drive into the box and send his shot to the far post to make it 0-2 for the visitors.
With the 0-2 win, Necaxa reaches 19 points while Tigres remain on 23.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jesús Dueñas (Andy Delort 85′), Hugo Ayala, Juninho (José Rivas 64′), Jorge Torres Nilo, Guido Pizarro, José Francisco Torres (Jürgen Damm 62′), Lucas Zelarayán, Ismael Sosa, Javier Aquino, André-Pierre Gignac.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Mario de Lunca, Marcos González, Jairo González, Manuel Iturra, Xavier Báez (Michel García 81′), Luis Gallegos, Edson Puch (Fernando Meza 88′), Jesús Isijara, Fabián Espíndola (Rodrigo Prieto 85′).