Monarcas Morelia scored late to earn a 2-3 away win against Tijuana. The result extends the Xolos’ losing streak to four games and keeps them winless in six, while the Michoacanos earned their third straight road win to move into the playoff places with just one game remaining in the regular season.
The game was bogged down in midfield at the start, with neither team able to put their stamp on the game. But then the game tilted in Morelia’s favor. Carlos Ferreria had a pair of chances, with Gibrán Lajud stopping his first attempt and then Julián Velázquez deflecting his follow up.
Tijuana responded with a shot from outside the box that hit the crossbar, but they couldn’t get any closer than that and it began to look like the game would remain goalless going into halftime.
Then, in the 37th minute, the visitors took the lead. Rodolfo Vilchis sent a corner kick to the near post, where Miguel Ángel Sansores headed the ball home to make it 0-1 for Morelia.
Tijuana came out with a new plan in the second half and they tied the game up in the 52nd minute. Antonio Nava applied the finishing touch after a series of rebounds and partial clearances to make it 1-1.
But it took Morelia just eight minutes to retake the lead. In the 60th minute, Sebastián Vegas took a shot from outside the box that was blocked; he pounced on his own rebound and his second try was the charm as he made it 1-2.
Tijuana responded once again with an equalizer in the 71st minute, with Fabián Castillo fighting his way through two defenders before scoring at the near post to make it 2-2.
Morelia had a response yet again, though, and they took the lead for the third time in the 84th minute with another header from Sansores. This time Tijuana had no response, and Morelia held on for the 2-3 win.
With the 2-3 win, Morelia reaches 25 points while Tijuana still has 16.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Gustavo Canto (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 45′), José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Jesús Angulo (Rubio Méndez 85′), Luis Chávez, Antonio Nava, Fabián Castillo, Eryc Castillo (Juan Lucero 66′).
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Jorge Valadéz, Carlos Guzmán, Sebastián Vegas, Emanuel Loeschbor, Rodolfo Vilchis (Diego Valdés 72′), Edison Flores, Rodrigo Millar (Carlos Fierro 82′), Aldo Rocha, Carlos Ferreira (Irven Ávila 61′), Miguel Ángel Sansores.