Tijuana earned their first home victory of the season with a 2-0 win against Toluca. The result gives the Xolos two wins in their last three games while the Diablos Rojos have now lost three in a row.
Tijuana had struggled to score this season, with just one goal in their previous four games, but they came out attacking and looked dangerous in this one. Within the first five minutes, they had had two good chances through Gustavou Bou and Ariel Nahuelpán that forced Alfredo Talavera into action.
Toluca had a chance of their own in the 12th minute with a dangerous header that Diego Rodríguez cleared off the line; then, in the next play, Tijuana took the lead.
Omar Mendoza got free on the right and sent in a low cross for Miler Bolaños, who received the ball near the penalty spot, turned, and shot past Talavera to make it 1-0 for the Xolos.
Toluca pressed in search of an equalizer and they came close in the 27th minute, when Felipe Pardo got into the box and got a dangerous shot away, only for it to hit the outside netting. Then, at the end of the half, Tijuana came close to a second through Fabián Castillo, but his shot was off-target as well.
In the second half, Tijuana continued to look for an insurance goal. Castillo found Bolaños in the box, but he couldn’t find the target.
Then, in the 60th minute, Toluca had a golden opportunity to tie the game when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul on Emmanuel Gigliotti. Captain Antonio Ríos stepped up to take it, but he sent the PK into the post to keep Tijuana ahead.
The Xolos were then able to add a second in the 68th minute when Nahuelpán found Castillo, who took the ball into the box and sent his low shot into the back of the net to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Toluca was unable to respond after that, and they ended up going down to 10 men in stoppage time when, after video review, Omar Tobio was sent off after a foul on Nahuelpán resulted in his second yellow card of the night. That was swiftly followed up by coach Hernán Crisante being ejected from the sidelines.
With the 2-0 win, Tijuana reaches six points while Toluca still has six.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Omar Mendoza, José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Fabián Castillo (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 90′), Gustavo Bou (Luis Chávez 79′), Miler Bolaños (Joe Corona 70′), Ariel Nahuelpán.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Omar Tobio, Santiago García, Rodrigo Salinas, Jonatan Maidana, William da Silva (Leonel López 61′), Antonio Ríos, Édgar Felipe Pardo (Alan Medina 72′), Luis Mendoza (Pablo Barrientos 55′), Emmanuel Gigliotti, Enrique Triverio.