Tijuana got revenge after América knocked them out of the Copa MX in midweek by handing the Águilas a 3-2 defeat in league play. The result extends the Xolos’ home winning streak to five, while América saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off well for the Águilas, who took the lead in the 13th minute. Guido Rodríguez sent a long-range effort unerringly into the back of the net to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Tijuana immediately began looking for a response, unwilling to lose to América twice in the same week. It took them a little while to find a rhythm, but in the 32nd minute they found an equalizer. Miler Bolaños tried his own luck from just outside the box, and his shot beat Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-1.
América regained the lead before halftime, though. Nicolás Benedetti sent a cross to the far post and Rodríguez was waiting to score his second of the night, making it 1-2 for the Águilas in the 41st minute.
The second half was a different story. The Xolos came out attacking and their persistence paid off in the 66th minute when, after VAR review, they were awarded a penalty following contact between Carlos Vargas and Ariel Nahuelpán.
Gustavo Bou stepped up to take the spot kick, and he converted it to tie the game 2-2 in the 69th minute.
Five minutes later, Nahuelpán gave Tijuana the lead for the first time when he drove into the box and scored from a narrow angle to make it 3-2 for the hosts.
América looked for a response in the final 15 minutes, but they were unable to find a third goal of their own and Tijuana held on for the come-from-behind victory.
With the 3-2 win, Tijuana reaches 22 points while América still has 22.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Omar Mendoza, José Rivero, Diego Rodríguez, Fabián Castillo (Jesús Angulo 80′), Gustavo Bou (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 91′), Miler Bolaños (Luis Chávez 95′), Ariel Nahuelpán.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Carlos Vargas, Edson Álvarez, Luis Reyes (Renato Ibarra 89′), Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Mateus Uribe, Andrés Ibargüen, Nicolás Benedetti, Francisco Córdova (Antonio López 59′), Henry Martín.