Tijuana moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – with a 2-0 victory against Toluca. The result is a third straight win for the Xolos, who are also unbeaten in six, while the Diablos Rojos are now winless in three.
The first half was close-fought and cagey, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game. The visitors’ most dangerous chance came from a set piece, but Gibrán Lajud was able to make the save at the end of the corner-kick sequence.
In the second half, the game came to life and there were numerous chances at both ends. The hosts finally found the breakthrough in the 71st minute, when Víctor Malcorra sent a cross in from the left for Joe Corona. The American headed the ball past Alfredo Talavera to make it 1-0 for Tijuana.
The Xolos seized the momentum provided by that goal and they nearly found a second moments after the game restarted, but Avilés Hurtado saw his chance blocked by Efraín Velarde.
Another chance came through substitute Juan Lucero, whose header forced a save out of Talavera, but the keeper could only stem the tide for so long.
In the 84th minute, Hurtado sent a cross in from the right and Malcorra corralled it at the top of the box before firing his left-footed shot into the net to give Tijuana the definitive 2-0 lead.
With the 2-0 win, Tijuana reaches 28 points while Toluca still has 26.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Carlos Vargas, Hiram Muñoz, Juan Carlos Núñez, Guido Rodríquez, Víctor Malcorra, Joe Corona (Luis Chávez 87′), Milton Caraglio (Juan Lucero 73′), Avilés Hurtado, Paul Arriola (Matías Pisano 66′).
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Osvaldo González (Aarón Galindo 76′), Paulo da Silva, Efraín Velarde, Rodrigo Salinas, Jesús Méndez, Erbin Trejo (Carlos Esquivel 80′), Pablo Barrientos, Antonio Ríos (Rodrigo Gómez 84′), Gabriel Hauche, Fernando Uribe.