Tijuana got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against 10-man Pumas UNAM. The result ends a three-game winless streak for the Xolos, while the universitarios have now lost two in a row.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, though, who took the lead in the first minute. Forty-six seconds after kickoff, Matías Alustiza sent a free kick into the box for Nicolás Castillo, whose header made it 0-1 for Pumas.
It didn’t take Tijuana long to react, however. In the 9th minute, Mateus Goncalves took advantage of a mistake by Alejandro Arribas to tie the game 1-1.
In the 39th minute, both teams saw members of their coaching staff ejected as assistants Mauro Gerk and Christian Ramírez were banished from the sidelines. Then Goncalves then put the Xolos ahead shortly before halftime when he finished off a pass from Juan Lucero to make it 2-1 in the 43rd minute.
Five minutes into the second half, referee Fernando Guerrero called a dubious penalty in favor of Tijuana, with Juan Lucero stepping up and converting the spot kick to make it 3-1.
The game continued to go off the rails for Pumas in the 56th minute, when David Cabrera earned two yellow cards in quick succession to leave the universitarios with just 10 men.
With the numerical advantage, Tijuana added to their lead in stoppage time when Víctor Malcorra finished off a rebound given up by Alfredo Saldívar to make it 4-1 in the 92nd minute.
With the 4-1 win, Tijuana reaches 12 points while Pumas still have 14.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Pablo Aguilar, Damián Pérez, Omar Mendoza, Damián Musto, José Rivero (Guido Pérez 69′), Víctor Malcorra, Mateus Goncalves, Gustavo Bou (Juan Lucero 28′), Miler Bolaños (Luis Mendoza 77′).
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Alejandro Arribas, Luis Quintana, Luis Fernando Fuentes (Erick Torres 45′), David Cabrera, Jesús Gallardo, Marcelo Díaz, Pablo Barrera, Matías Alustiza (Abraham González 59′), Nicolás Castillo (Alan Mendoza 81′).