Tigres UANL earned a victory by the minimum difference over 10-man Toluca on Wednesday night. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, while the Diablos Rojos saw their own five-game unbeaten streak halted.
There were chances at both ends from the beginning, but when Tigres thought they had found the breakthrough, André-Pierre Gignac’s would-be goal was disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Toluca had opportunities as well, but Nahuel Guzmán made several good saves to keep them off the board, including an impressive one against Emmanuel Gigliotti in the 13th minute.
Carlos Salcedo came close to giving Tigres the lead around the half-hour mark, only for his shot to hit the crossbar; Gignac also hit the woodwork before halftime as the hosts continued to knock on the door.
Then, just minutes into the second half, Alexis Canelo received his second yellow card of the night and was sent off after making contact with Salcedo’s face. With the numerical advantage, it seemed like just a matter of time before Tigres took the lead.
But the minutes went by and the scoreline refused to budge. It looked like Toluca was going to escape with a point… and then, in the 84th minute, Jürgen Damm sent a cross into the box and Salcedo headed it home to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
With the 1-0 win, Tigres reach 27 points while Toluca still has 16.