América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tijuana came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten in six, although it ends their four-game winning streak, while the Águilas are unbeaten in two.
The first 15 minutes were even as the Xolos and Águilas felt each other out, but then the pace began to pick up. The hosts had the first good chance when Gustavo Bou pressured Edson Álvarez, whose intended clearance ended up heading for his own goal; however, Agustín Marchesín was able to make the save to keep the game 0-0.
Then, in the 24th minute, América took the lead. Cecilio Domínguez got free on the left, got into the box, and sent a low cross to the back post for Oribe Peralta, who made it 0-1 for the visitors.
Four minutes later, Tijuana had a golden chance to tie the game when Carlos Vargas was called for a foul in the box on Juan Iturbe. Bou stepped up to take the penalty, but Marchesín made the save to keep the Águilas in front.
In the second half, Tijuana kept the pressure on as they looked for an equalizer. In the 58th minute, Miguel Ángel Samudio received his second yellow card of the night and was sent off.
The Xolos took advantage of their numerical superiority to tie the game in the 67th minute. Substitute Miller Bolaños – on the field less than five minutes – received a through ball and beat Marchesín one-on-one to make it 1-1.
Tijuana looked to go on to find a winning goal and they came close through Luis Mendoza, who was denied by Marchesín before William da Silva cleared the rebound off the line.
In the 88th minute, Tijuana, too, went down to 10 men as Damián Musto received his second yellow and the teams were back on level footing numerically, but with so little time left, neither was able to find a second goal.
With the 1-1 draw, Tijuana reaches 14 points while América reaches 17.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Michael Orozco (Miller Bolaños 63′), Alejandro Donatti, Emanuel Aguilera, Damián Pérez, Matías Aguirregaray, Víctor Malcorra, Joe Corona (Alejandro Guido 69′), Damián Musto, Juan Iturbe (Luis Mendoza 81′), Gustavo Bou.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Paul Aguilar, Edson Álvarez (Carlos Vargas 22′), William da Silva, Guido Rodríguez, Carlos Darwin Quintero, Cecilio Domínguez (Alejandro Díaz 77′), Oribe Peralta (Mateus Uribe 61′), Silvio Romero.