Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Cruz Azul came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends La Máquina’s perfect start to the season but keeps them unbeaten, while the Xolos remain unbeaten at home but winless in three overall.
Tijuana had an early chance through Jesús Angulo, who went one-on-one with Jesús Corona, but the keeper was able to make the save. The game got chippy early as well, with referee Luis Enrique Santander handing out three yellow cards in the opening 20 minutes.
Then, in the 21st minute, Pablo Aguilar received his second yellow of the night and was red-carded, leaving Cruz Azul with just 10 men. But despite the numerical disadvantage, Cruz Azul continued to attack and in the 32nd minute they came close to opening the scoring through Adrián Aldrete.
The pace of the game slowed a bit in the second half, with both teams finding chances mainly through set pieces. In the 56th minute, Diego González got his head to a corner kick, but the ball went straight to Jesús Corona. Then, in the 74th minute, Igor Lichnovsky connected with a corner at the other end, only for his header to crash against the woodwork.
The breakthrough finally came in the 78th minute. Miler Bolaños headed the ball down towards goal; Corona scrambled to make the save, but the ball was ruled to have already crossed the line. Tijuana took the 1-0 lead as Cruz Azul’s season-long shutout streak came to an end.
La Máquina were able to salvage their unbeaten streak, however, as Gerry Flores headed the ball past Gibrán Lajud in stoppage time to tie the game 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Tijuana reaches five points while Cruz Azul reaches 10.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Omar Mendoza (Rubio Mendez 70′), Diego González, José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Jesús Angulo (Erick Torres 52′), Juan Lucero (Hiram Muñoz 87′), Miler Bolaños.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Flores, Adrián Aldrete, Elías Hernández (Walter Montoya 82′), Édgar Mendez, Rafael Baca, Iván Marcone, Roberto Alvarado (Milton Caraglio 59′), Martín Cauteruccio (Igor Lichnovsky 26′).