Tijuana continued their climb up the table with a 3-0 victory against 10-man Veracruz. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten in three and gives them back-to-back home wins, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless and goalless in the Clausura.
The night got complicated for the visitors early on. In the 8th minute, Edson García was sent off after committing a handball to prevent a clear goal-scoring opportunity. That incident left the Tiburones Rojos with just 10 men – and also gave Tijuana a penalty kick.
Gustavo Bou stepped up to take the spot kick, and he converted it to make it 1-0 for the Xolos.
The stage was set for Tijuana to dominate, and they did. In the 16th minute, Bou sent a cross in from the left that was just over the head of Ariel Nahuelpán, but that fell nicely for Miler Bolaños, who slotted it home to make it 2-0.
Veracruz was thrown a lifeline in the 21st minute when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Cristian Menéndez saw his effort saved by Gibrán Lajud as the Tiburones’ scoreless streak continued.
Tijuana continued to dominate, but Sebastián Jurado made a number of saves to keep Veracruz in the game. The woodwork helped as well, as Adrián Luna saw his free kick denied by the crossbar in the 75th minute.
But in the waning moments of the game, Daniel López sent a free kick through traffic and into the back of the net to give Tijuana the definitive 3-0 lead.
With the 3-0 win, Tijuana reaches 10 points while Veracruz still has two.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Omar Mendoza, José Rivero (Diego González 58′), Diego Rodríguez, Fabián Castillo (Jesús Angulo 4′), Gustavo Bou, Miler Bolaños, Ariel Nahuelpán (Daniel López 71′).
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Fabricio Silva, Carlos Salcido, Jesús Paganoni, Edson García, Carlos Gutiérrez (Adrián Luna 32′), Ivan Santillan, Luis Noriega (Luis Caicedo 16′), Sebastián Rodríguez, Colin Kazim-Richards, Cristian Menéndez (Diego Chávez 72′).