Tijuana brought a halt to Monterrey’s season-long unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. The result gives the Xolos four wins in their last five, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Dorlan Pabón testing Gibrán Lajud early on. But Tijuana responded with a chance of their own moments later, when Fabián Castillo got into the box and forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero.
Neither team dominated the game, with chances coming at both ends. The most dangerous one of the half came in the 40th minute, when Avilés Hurtado played in Pabón, whose first-time shot went just side.
Chances continued to come in the second half, with Ariel Nahuelpán nearly opening the scoring just seconds after the restart; then, in the 57th, Lajud was called into action at the other end to deny Miguel Layún from a free kick.
The breakthrough finally came in the 67th minute. Miler Bolaños and Gustavo Bou worked the ball into the box, where Bou played a low ball toward the far post for the Ecuadorian to finish off. 1-0 for the Xolos.
Monterrey pressed in search of an equalizer, and they came close a few times, most notably with a header by Montes in the 78th minute, but in the end they couldn’t get past Tijuana’s defense.
With the 1-0 win, Tijuana reaches 19 points while Monterrey still has 22.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Omar Mendoza, Julián Velázquez, Diego Braghieri, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Miler Bolaños (Luis Chávez 90′), Ignacio Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Fabián Castillo (Jesús Angulo 80′), Gustavo Bou (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 83′), Ariel Nahuelpán.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Miguel Layún, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni, Celso Ortiz (79′), Dorlan Pabón, Maximiliano Meza, Rodolfo Pizarro (Jesús Gallardo 74′), Avilés Hurtado, Adam Bareiro (Rogelio Funes Mori 62′).