Tijuana defeated Querétaro by the minimum difference despite finishing the game with 10 men. The loss is a third consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, while the Xolos snapped a three-game winless run and are now unbeaten in four.
The game started off fairly evenly, with chances at both ends. The hosts had the first good chance of the game in the 8th minute, when Andrés Rentería drove into the box but sent his shot just wide of the post. Tijuana’s attack was largely stymied by Querétaro’s defense, with Tiago Volpi having little to do in goal.
The game looked to have gotten more difficult for the visitors in the second half, when Juan Carlos Núñez received his second yellow card of the night and was sent off in the 62nd minute.
But despite their numerical disadvantage, the Xolos kept attacking, and in the 74th minute they won a penalty kick after Camilo Sanvezzo fouled Avilés Hurtado in the box. Hurtado himself stepped up to take the spot kick, and he converted it to make it 0-1 for Tijuana.
Querétaro pushed forward in search of a tying goal, but the final touch was lacking. Sanvezzo had a chance to atone for giving up the penalty almost immediately, but he sent his shot over the bar. Then Emanuel Villa had an opportunity, but “Tito” couldn’t put his header on net.
With the 0-1 win, Tijuana reaches 22 points while Querétaro still has 15.
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Luis Esqueda, Jaime Gómez, Hiram Mier, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Andrés Rentería (Édgar Benítez 58′), Luis Noriega (Camilo Sanvezzo 69′), Marco Jiménez, Yerson Candelo, Neri Cardozo (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 79′), Emanuel Villa.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Carlos Vargas, Damián Pérez, Juan Carlos Núñez, Paul Arriola, Víctor Malcorra (Hiram Muñoz 65′), Joe Corona (Luis Chávez 58′), Guido Rodríguez, Milton Caraglio (Juan Lucero 78′), Avilés Hurtado.