Tigres UANL earned a second consecutive home win and put themselves into the thick of the playoff fight with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tijuana. The loss ends the Xolos’ six-game unbeaten streak but still leaves them in first place, pending the rest of this weekend’s results.
After losing in the Clásico Regio last weekend and then losing in the CONCACAF Champions League final in midweek, the universitarios were in need of a morale-boosting win. That’s exactly what they got here, and it didn’t even take them long to open the scoring.
In the 11th minute, Guido Pizarro played in Jesús Dueñas, who calmly finished off the chance to put Tigres ahead 1-0.
Tigres continued to press after taking the early lead, but it took them until the end of the half to find another. In the 41st minute, André Pierre-Gignac found Lucas Zelarayán in the box, and he beat Gibrán Lajud from close range to make it 2-0.
It took just two more minutes for the hosts to put the game completely out of reach, as Juninho scored on the half-volley to make it 3-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, Tigres slowed the game down but still controlled possession. They had chances to run the score up further, but Lajud made a pair of good saves to keep the scoreline semi-respectable for Tijuana.
The Xolos tried to reduce the deficit, and they even threatened Nahuel Guzmán’s goal on a few occasions, but in the end they couldn’t make their chances count. When they did manage to put the ball into the net, the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
With the 3-0 win, Tigres reach 22 points while Tijuana still has 28.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Jorge Torres Nilo, Javier Aquino, Lucas Zelarayán (Damián Álvarez 86′), Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 80′), Jesús Dueñas, Guido Pizarro, André-Pierre Gignac (Eduardo Vargas 74′).
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Michael Orozco (Hiram Muñoz 8′), Carlos Vargas, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Juan Carlos Núñez, Guido Rodríguez, Joe Corona (Henry Martín 70′), Víctor Malcorra, Juan Lucero, Avilés Hurtado, Paul Arriola (Matías Pisano 59′).