Tigres controlled possession for most of the first half, but they had few goal-scoring chances to show for it. The most excitement in the 18-yard boxes came in the 14th minute, when goalkeeper Enrique Palos was forced out of the game due to injury. With Palos already filling in for the injured Nahuel Guzmán, Tigres were forced to send on third-choice keeper Aarón Fernández.
The best chance of the first half was a free kick by Lucas Zelarayán that was just wide. Then, in the second half, Ismael Sosa had an early opportunity with his 53rd-minute header, but his attempt hit the woodwork.
Toluca created little going forward, but in the 71st minute a set piece gave the Diablos Rojos the lead. Rubens Sambueza sent his free kick into the back of the net to make it 0-1.
Tigres looked for a response to that goal and they came oh-so-close to tying the game in the waning moments, but André-Pierre Gignac’s bicycle kick hit the post. A stoppage-time red card to Enrique Triverio for a foul on Zelarayán gave Tigres the numerical advantage, but there was not enough time left for them to take advantage of it.
With the 0-1 win, Toluca reaches 10 points while Tigres remain on four.
Tigres: Enrique Palos (Aarón Fernández 14′), Jesús Dueñas (Eduardo Vargas 73′), Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jürgen Damm, Guido Pizarro, Lucas Zelarayán, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 85′), Ismael Sosa, André-Pierre Gignac.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Rodrigo Salinas, Paulo da Silva (Jordan Silva 87′), Osvaldo González, Efraín Velarde, Pablo Barrientos, Antonio Ríos, Jesús Méndez (Erbin Trejo 68′), Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche (Carlos Esquivel 75′), Enrique Triverio.