América extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-0 victory against Tijuana on Saturday night. The loss brings the Xolos’ three-game winning streak to an abrupt halt and also ends their 10-game unbeaten run.
The Águilas, celebrating their centenary with their home fans, had more of the ball in the opening stanza, but it was the Xolos who had the first good goalscoring opportunity when Avilés Hurtado sent his shot just wide of the post.
Milton Caraglio also tried his luck in a very similar fashion, but he couldn’t find the target either. The game went to halftime goalless.
Just seconds into the second half, Tijuana had the ball in the back of the net, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Then both goalkeepers were called into action as Moisés Muñoz kept out a good shot from Hurtado at one end before Federico Vilar stopped Oribe Peralta at the other.
Then, in the 78th minute, substitute Michael Arroyo opened the scoring for the hosts. His free kick took a deflection off the wall that wrong-footed the goalkeeper, and América had the 1-0 lead.
Tijuana pressed forward in search of an equalizer but they were ultimately unable to find one.
With the 1-0 win, América reaches 22 points while Tijuana remains on 27.
América: Moisés Muñoz, Bruno Valdez, Pablo Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio (Osmar Mares 15′), Renato Ibarra, José Daniel Guerrero, Osvaldo Martínez (Michael Arroyo 68′), Rubens Sambueza, Silvio Romero, Oribe Peralta (Gil Burón 61′).
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Michael Orozco, Yasser Corona, Víctor Aguilera, Damián Pérez, Gabriel Hauche (Víctor Malcorra 80′), Guido Rodríguez, Kevin Gutiérrez (Paul Arriola 85′), Avilés Hurtado, Milton Caraglio, Dayro Moreno (Juninho 72′).