Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they went down to nine men and Toluca came back for a 1-2 away win. The result ends Tigres’ home unbeaten streak at 29 games; they’ve now lost two league games in a row, while the the Diablos Rojos are unbeaten in two.
The night started off well for the hosts, with André-Pierre Gignac giving them the lead in the 14th minute. After a pair of chances went begging, Gignac got his head to a cross from Jürgen Damm to make it 1-0 for Tigres.
Then, in the 17th minute, Enrique Triverio could have been sent off for an elbow that left Jorge Torres Nilo bloody, but referee Roberto García Orozco opted to show the Toluca player a yellow instead. Minutes after that, he ejected Guido Pizarro for a slight elbow on Luis Mendoza, leaving Tigres feeling hard done by as they went down to 10 men.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Tigres stayed in control and they nearly made it 2-0 through Lucas Zelarayán in the 28th minute, and Ismael Sosa – who came on for the injured Damm – had a good chance of his own in the 39th.
But the second half was all Toluca. In the 53rd minute, Triverio got his head to a cross by Mendoza; Nahuel Guzmán made the initial save, but Triverio finished off the rebound to make it 1-1.
In the 63rd, the Diablos finished off the comeback as William da Silva beat Juninho and Hugo Ayala before making it 1-2.
Then, in the 69th minute, Javier Aquino got himself sent off with two yellows in quick succession for arguing with the referee, leaving Tigres to try to equalize while playing with just nine men.
And they came close in the 85th minute with a free kick by Gignac, but in the end there was too much stacked against them and Toluca held on to the lead.
With the 1-2 win, Toluca reaches seven points while Tigres still have six.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jair Díaz, Lucas Zelarayán (Juninho 56′), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm (Ismael Sosa 37′), Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac.
Toluca: Luis García, Omar Tobio, Osvaldo González, Cristian Borja, Rodrigo Salinas, William da Silva (Adolfo Domínguez 85′), Antonio Ríos, Luis Quiñones, Luis Mendoza, Ernesto Vega (Amaury Escoto 88′), Enrique Triverio (Alexis Canelo 74′).