Tijuana vs Monterrey – Jornada 3 Recap and Highlights

Monterrey earned a comfortable 0-3 away win against Tijuana to remain unbeaten in the Apertura. The loss keeps the Xolos winless this season, and they still have yet to score a goal in league play.

Despite being the visiting team, the Rayados started the game off stronger. Ex-Xolo Avilés Hurtado, Dorlan Pabón, and Rogelio Funes Mori all looked dangerous and created opportunities, but the final touch was lacking for Monterrey as chance after chance went begging.

Then, in the 35th minute, Hurtado found the breakthrough. The Colombian got the ball on the right, cut inside, and sent his shot past Gibrán Lajud from the edge of the box to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.

Monterrey continued to look the stronger team in the second half while Tijuana struggled to find their footing. In the 52nd minute, Hurtado scored again to give the visitors the 0-2 lead. Gibrán Lajud made the initial save on Pabón, but Carlos Sánchez got to the rebound and sent the ball back to the center for Hurtado, who had a simple finish from the top of the six-yard box.

With Tijuana yet to score this season – and Monterrey yet to concede – that second goal was a serious blow to the Xolos’ hopes of a comeback.

Then Carlos Sánchez put the game completely out of reach in the 79th minute, when he collected a blocked shot, cut around the defense, and fired from the top of the box to make it 0-3.

With the 0-3 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Tijuana still has zero.

Highlights

Lineups

Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Damián Pérez, Michael Orozco, Damian Musto, Gustavo Bou, Henry Martín (Juan Lucero 60′), Matías Aguirregaray (Matías Pisano 77′), Joe Corona (Alejandro Guido 60′), Víctor Malcorra, Paul Arriola. 

Monterrey: Hugo González, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, John Stefan Medina, Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Jonathan González 81′), Avilés Hurtado (Marco Bueno 85′), Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Neri Cardozo (Arturo González 80′).

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