Tijuana remained unbeaten at home this season as they earned a 1-0 win against 9-man Pachuca. The result is a third straight victory for the Xolos, while the Tuzos saw their six-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started at a fast pace, with the first chance coming within the first minute as Ángelo Sagal hit the post for Pachuca. Then, at the other end, Tijuana had a corner kick and Erick Torres beat Alfonso Blanco with his header, only for Emmanuel García to make the goal-line clearance.
The two sides continued to exchange chances throughout the first 45, and Pachuca would feel hard done by as a handball inside the box went uncalled, but halftime rolled around with the game still locked 0-0.
That changed immediately following the restart, as Tijuana scored 20 seconds after kickoff to make it 1-0. Torres met a low cross just inside the six-yard box and sent it home to give the Xolos the lead.
Soon after that, the night took a turn for the worse for Pachuca as Franco Jara was given a straight red card for a bad tackle in the 54th minute, leaving the Tuzos down a goal and down a man.
The Tuzos still found a few chances for an equalizer, but they couldn’t get past Gibrán Lajud.
Then, in stoppage time, Jaine Barreiro was shown his second yellow of the night to see the Tuzos finish the game with just nine men on the field.
With the 1-0 win, Tijuana reaches 15 points while Pachuca still has 12.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Gustavo Canto, Omar Mendoza, Diego González, José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez (Alejandro Guido 75′), Fabián Castillo (Jesús Angulo 71′), Erick Torres, Miler Bolaños (Rubio Méndez 89′).
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Jaine Barreiro, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez (Erick Aguirre 64′), Alexis Peña, Víctor Guzmán, Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Francisco Figueroa 75′), Ángelo Sagal, Franco Jara, Sebastián Palacios (José Ulloa 64′).