Necaxa beat Tijuana by the minimum difference in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The win is a second straight one for the Rayos, while the Xolos are still looking for their first victory of the Apertura 2017.
Necaxa took control of the game early while Tijuana struggled to develop a rhythm. The hosts had a few early chances and then they took the lead in the 20th minute. Jesús Isijara pounced on a rebound following a corner kick to make it 1-0.
But in the 29th minute, Necaxa went down to 10 men after Miguel Ángel Ponce was given a straight red card for a nasty tackle on Joe Corona, and Tijuana began to gain confidence with their numerical advantage.
The Xolos came close to tying the game in the 32nd minute, but César Donatti’s header went just wide.
Then in the second half, Tijuana went down to 10 men as well when Donatti was given a straight red in the 57th minute for kicking out at Luis Pérez after a collision. The visitors seemed to play better with 10, though, and they continued to press for an equalizer.
Gustavo Bou and Víctor Malcorra had the best chances for the Xolos, but Marcelo Barovero was able to make the necessary saves to preserve his shutout and Necaxa’s lead.
With the 1-0 win, Necaxa reaches six points while Tijuana still has zero.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Mario de Lunca, Igor Lichnovsky, Brayan Beckeles, Dieter Villalpando (Jairo González 45′), Jesús Isijara (Daniel Álvarez 73′), Luis Pérez, Xavier Báez, Luis Gallegos, Carlos González (Martín Barragán 81′).
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Damián Pérez (Henry Martín 84′), Matías Aguirregaray, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Alejandro Donatti, Víctor Malcorra, Joe Corona (Enzo Kalinski 63′), Matías Pisando (Michael Orozco 52′), Damián Musto, Gustavo Bou, Juan Lucero.