A penalty kick proved the difference in this one as Cruz Azul earned a 0-1 away win against Tigres UANL. The result ends the universitarios’ unbeaten start to the season and gives La Máquina their first win.
The hots had the first good chance of the game in the 11th minute, when they stole the ball as Cruz Azul tried to play out of the back. Julián Quiñones played in Enner Valencia, but his low shot was saved well by Jesús Corona.
Then, in the 19th minute, Tigres had another good chance from a set piece, but Guido Pizarro couldn’t get his shot on target from within the six-yard box.
There were only scattered chances for most of the first half, with the game being a very physical affair with a lot of fouls but few opportunities.
Then, in the 31st minute, Pizarro was called for a foul in the box and Cruz Azul had a golden opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Elías Hernández stepped up to take the PK, and he sent his low shot past the diving Nahul Guzmán to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
In the second half, Cruz Azul very nearly made it two, but Martín Cauteruccio saw his shot crash against the crossbar in the 55th minute.
After that, Tigres largely controlled possession as they looked for an equalizer, but Cruz Azul stood firm defensively and stymied UANL’s attack, especially after they went to a 5-in-the-back formation for the final 15 minutes.
In the end, La Máquina made their lone goal stand up as they walked away from the Estadio Universitario with all three points.
With the 0-1 win, Cruz Azul reaches four points while Tigres still have four.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Jair Díaz, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Luis Rodríguez, André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 73′), Luis Quiñones (Jürgen Damm 61′), Julián Quiñones.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Adrián Aldrete, Javier Salas, Elías Hernández (Édgar Mendez 65′), Rafael Baca, Roberto Alvarado (José Madueña 86′), Martín Cauteruccio, Jonathan Rodríguez (Orbelín Pineda 72′).