It was honors even in the Estadio Caliente as Tijuana and América settled for a 0-0 draw. The result is a third straight draw for the Xolos, who are now winless in four, while the Águilas remain unbeaten in five.
The game started slowly. América, missing a number of players due to injury or suspension, came out looking to play for the draw. Tijuana’s usual high-flying attack – the highest scoring in the league – was missing its usual spark, and there were almost no chances to speak of in the first half.
The lone opportunity of note fell for América, with Oribe Peralta finding himself one-on-one with Gibrán Lajud shortly before halftime. However, Peralta couldn’t put his attempt on goal.
In the second half, Tijuana looked to break through América’s defense, but with nothing to show for it. The Xolos had a bit more possession but they couldn’t make it count; then América began to find a few chances of their own in the final half-hour.
However, in the end it was clear that América was satisfied by the draw as they subbed out Peralta for defensive-minded Javier Güemez and Silvio Romero for 19-year-old Ricardo Marín.
With the 0-0 draw, Tijuana reaches 19 points while América reaches 18.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Michael Orozco (Hiram Muñoz 24′), Carlos Vargas, Damián Pérez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Guido Rodríguez, Joe Corona, Víctor Malcorra, Paul Arriola (Matías Pisano 74′), Milton Caraglio (Juan Lucero 80′), Avilés Hurtado.
América: Agustín Marchesín, José Daniel Guerrero, Erik Pimentel, Osmar Mares, Bruno Valdez, Edson Álvarez, Diego Lainez, Michael Arroyo (Carlos Rosel 62′), William da Silva, Oribe Peralta (Javier Güemez 85′), Silvio Romero (Ricardo Marín 74′).