Querétaro scored late to beat Tijuana by the minimum difference in this one. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos, while the Xolos have now lost two of their last three.
Querétaro was looking to move out of last place in the table when they returned home here. A sparse crowd didn’t give them much of a home-field advantage, but they were ultimately able to do enough to earn just their second victory of the season.
The game started off slowly, although the visitors looked better. Tijuana found an early opportunity in the 8th minute when Fabián Castillo and Gustavo Bou combined, but Castillo’s shot didn’t trouble Gil Alcalá in goal.
Bou continued to be active in attack for the Xolos, but he couldn’t get past Alcalá; nor could Miler Bolaños, who also looked dangerous for Tijuana.
Querétaro struggled to get anything going in their attacking third, with only one real chance of note in the first half, a shot from distance by Daniel Villalva that Manuel Gibrán Lajud sent out for a corner.
The Gallos looked better in the second half, however, and they tested Lajud a few times early on through Villalva and Jordan Sierra, but Lajud was alert to the danger each time.
The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute, when substitute Ake Loba headed home a cross at the far post to give Querétaro the 1-0 lead.
Loba could have added an insurance goal ten minutes after that, but he couldn’t quite connect with Miguel Ángel Samudio’s cross.
With the 1-0 win, Querétaro reaches seven points while Tijuana still has 19.
Querétaro: Gil Alcalá, George Corral, Luis Romo, Diego Novaretti, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Alexis Pérez, Daniel Lajud (Ake Loba 45′), Jordan Sierra, Marcel Ruíz (Erbin Trejo 65′), Daniel Villalva (Jorge Rojas 72′), Matías Britos.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Omar Mendoza, José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez (Daniel López 80′), Fabián Castillo (Eryc Castillo 72′), Gustavo Bou (Luis Chávez 59′), Miler Bolaños, Ariel Nahuelpán.