Toluca vs Tijuana – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

With their spot in the playoffs already assured, Toluca earned a 3-1 win against Tijuana as they looked to improve their seeding. The Xolos were already out of playoff contention and ended their season on a sour note with the loss.

Toluca nearly opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when Carlos Esquivel ran on to a through ball, got to the end-line, and cut the ball back for Rubens Sambueza, whose shot went just inches wide of the near post.

But five minutes later, the Diablos Rojos found the breakthrough. Sambueza played in Esquivel, whose shot was blocked by Gibrán Lajud; but  Toluca collected the loose ball and Sambueza sent a cross back in for Fernando Uribe, whose header made it 1-0.

Uribe made it 2-0 shortly before halftime from another assist from Sambueza, and Toluca looked comfortably in control.

They continued to dominate in the second half and in the 55th minute Jesús Mendéz scored from a free kick to make it 3-0.

The game looked done and dusted, but Tijuana reduced the deficit just three minutes later, with Gustavo Bou running on to a through ball, driving into the box, and then following up on the rebound from his own shot to make it 3-1 in the 58th minute.

The Xolos were unable to build on that goal, however, and Toluca held on for a comfortable victory.

With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 29 points while Tijuana still has 21.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Luis García, Santiago García, Rodrigo Salinas, Osvaldo González, Efraín Velarde, Antonio Ríos (Juan Delgadillo 76′), Rubens Sambueza (Alexis Vega 67′), Carlos Esquivel, Jesús Méndez, Pablo Barrientos, Fernando Uribe (Alexis Canelo 77′).

Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Núñez, Alejandro Donatti, Damián Pérez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Víctor Malcorra, Alejandro Guido (Juan Lucero 76′), Damián Musto, Miller Bolaños (Henry Martín 57′), Gustavo Bou, Juan Iturbe (Luis Mendoza 57′).

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