The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the fourth minute. Francisco Silva received the ball in midfield and sent his long-distance shot past Nahuel Guzmán to give Cruz Azul the 1-0 lead.
That goal gave Cruz Azul confidence and they began to dominate the game, but it wasn’t long before Tigres found a foothold. André-Pierre Gignac had the visitors’ first good opportunity with a header that was well-saved by Jesús Corona.
Then, in first-half stoppage time, Cruz Azul suffered a one-two punch. Ángel Mena was called for a handball in the box, given his second yellow card of the night, and ejected, leaving La Máquina to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men. Juninho then stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick and he converted it to tie the game 1-1 at the stroke of halftime.
In the 52nd minute, Tigres completed the turnaround. Corona punched away Enner Valencia’s cross, but the rebound fell to Eduardo Vargas, who put it away to make it 1-2 for the visitors.
Despite being down a man and down a goal, Cruz Azul continued to fight and they had the better of possession. Nevertheless, they were lacking the final touch and were unable to find an equalizer.
With the 1-2 win, Tigres reach 28 points while Cruz Azul still has 21.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Enzo Roco (Christian Giménez 61′), Omar Mendoza, Julián Velázquez, Julio César Domínguez, Ángel Mena, Édgar Méndez, Francisco Silva, Gabriel Peñalba (Martín Rodríguez 67′), Rafael Baca, Felipe Mora.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Rafael Carioca, Alberto Acosta (Lucas Zelarayán 45′), Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas (Jürgen Damm 67′), Enner Valencia (Ismael Sosa 83′), André-Pierre Gignac.