The visitors went down to 10 men very early on, with Víctor Guzmán given a straight red card in the 12th minute for a hard foul on Damián Pérez. That early expulsion changed the tone of the game, although Pachuca was still able to stifle the Xolos for nearly the entire first half.
Then, in the 42nd minute, Tijuana opened the scoring. Óscar Murillo was unable to clear a cross by Matías Aguirregaray, instead sending it further into the box, where Gustavo Bou was waiting to send his low shot past Alfonso Blanco to make it 1-0.
Diego Alonso sent on Keisuke Honda for the start of the second half as Pachuca looked for a response. In the 63rd minute, they were able to find an equalizer. A cross into the box found Omar González, who headed the ball into the air; Tijuana was unable to clear it properly and Joaquín Martínez met it at the top of the box to make it 1-1.
Ultimately, though, Tijuana was able to recover the lead. In the 86th minute, Damián Musto corralled a loose ball in the box, bumping it into the air and finishing it off with a bicycle kick to make it 2-1 with his golazo.
Pachuca was unable to find another equalizer and as they threw numbers forward in search of one, Tijuana nearly put the game completely out of reach. On a breakaway, with an empty net – Blanco having come up for a set piece – Juan Iturbe put his shot just wide.
With the 2-1 win, Tijuana reaches 10 points while Pachuca still has nine.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Alejandro Donatti, Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Joe Corona 74′), Damián Pérez (Henry Martín 84′), Emanuel Aguilera, Damián Musto, Luis Chávez (Juan Iturbe 66′), Víctor Malcorra, Luis Mendoza, Matías Aguirregaray, Gustavo Bou.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Robert Herrera, Raúl López, Joaquín Martínez, Emmanuel García (Juan José Calero 92′), Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Keisuke Honda 45′), Víctor Guzmán, Roberto de la Rosa (Germán Cano 78′).