The first half started off evenly, with neither team able to dominante. Both sides came into this one with a 2-0-0 record and with zero goals conceded; both teams wanted to extend those streaks. The first good chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Enner Valencia received a through ball, but the flag went up for offside.
In the second half, the intensity ratcheted up. Cruz Azul looked more dangerous and began to test Nahuel Guzmán with shots from outside the box. In the 52nd minute, they came as close as the woodwork as Adrián Aldrete sent a rebound into the post.
The breakthrough came in the 68th minute. Elías Hernández won the ball and found Roberto Alvarado; the substitute beat Guzmán at the near post to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Tigres looked for a response, but Cruz Azul stood firm defensively. Not even the attacking reinforcements of Julián Quiñones and Ismael Sosa allowed Tigres to break through as Cruz Azul made their narrow lead hold up.
With the 1-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches nine points while Tigres still have six.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Flores, Adrián Aldrete, Javier Salas (Roberto Alvarado 60′), Elías Hernández (José Madueña 90′), Édgar Mendez, Rafael Baca, Iván Marcone, Martín Cauteruccio (Igor Lichnovsky 86′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Rafael Carioca (Julián Quiñones 73′), Lucas Zelarayán, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm (Ismael Sosa 73′), Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 65′).