In a game that finished 10 vs 10 and went past the 100th minute, León emerged victorious with a 1-2 away win against Tijuana. The loss eliminates the Xolos from playoff contention, while La Fiera – already qualified for the Liguilla – locked up the second seed.
All the pressure was on the hosts for this one; Tijuana needed a draw to keep any sort of hope alive, and even with a win their fate wouldn’t be entirely in their own hands. But despite that, it was the visitors who took the lead.
In the 20th minute, Ismael Sosa put León in front with his shot from the right after he was played in behind the defense. 0-1.
Tijuana looked for a response, and in the 26th minute they thought they’d found one as Vladimir Loroña put the ball in the back of the net. However, the would-be equalizer was disallowed for handball following VAR review.
The Xolos kept pressing, but they couldn’t erase the deficit in the first half. Then, soon after the second half began, León struck again. In the 52nd minute, Manuel Gibrán Lajud brought down Sosa in the box and León was awarded a penalty kick. Leonardo Ramos stepped up to take it, and he converted it to make it 0-2 for the visitors.
To make matters worse for Tijuana, Leonel Mirada was sent off in the 57th minute for a bad tackle on Fernando Navarro, leaving the Xolos to see out the rest of the game with just 10 players.
León would finish the game with 10 as well after Andrés Mosquera had to leave the game with a knee injury after all three subs had been used.
In the waning moments of the game, with Tijuana throwing everything forward, Camilo Sanvezzo went down in the box and after VAR review, the Xolos were awarded a penalty. Sanvezzo stepped up to take it himself, and he converted it to reduce the deficit to 1-2.
Nine minutes of stoppage time were posted – and 11 ended up being played – but the Xolos were never able to find that crucial second goal, and the loss ends their Apertura 2019 season.
With the 1-2 win, León reaches 33 points while Tijuana still has 24.