Tigres UANL remained unbeaten on the road this season with a 0-1 victory against Toluca. The result is a second straight away win for the universitarios while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
The hosts had the better of the early chances and they repeatedly tested Nahuel Guzmán in goal. Santiago García came close with a header that went just wide of the left-hand post, while Luis Mendoza forced a good save out of Guzmán with a header of his own.
But despite Toluca’s pressure, it was Tigres who found the breakthrough. Just before halftime, a partial clearance fell to Luis Quiñones just outside the box, and the ex-Toluca player sent an arcing shot into the net to give Tigres the 0-1 lead in the 44th minute.
There was a brief delay before the goal was awarded, as the ball had bounced out of the net leading to a VAR check to confirm it had fully crossed the line, but it was ultimately upheld as a good goal for the visitors.
In the second half, Tigres sat back to defend the lead, trusting to the counterattack to keep Toluca’s defense honest, while the hosts pressed forward in search of an equalizer.
The Diablos Rojos sent on Federico Mancuello and Emmanuel Gigliotti as they looked for that elusive goal, but in the end they couldn’t find the breakthrough – marking the second straight game in which Toluca suffered a shutout loss.
With the 0-1 win, Tigres reach seven points while Toluca still has six.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Omar Tobio, Santiago García, Rodrigo Salinas, Jonatan Maidana, William da Silva (Federico Mancuello 66’), Antonio Ríos, Édgar Pardo, Luis Mendoza, Enrique Triverio, Diego Abella (Emmanuel Gigliotti 45’).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Julián Quiñones 65’), Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas (Jorge Torres 62’), André-Pierre Gignac, Luis Quiñones (Jürgen Damm 80’).