With their spot in the playoffs already assured, Toluca earned a 3-1 win against Tijuana as they looked to improve their seeding. The Xolos were already out of playoff contention and ended their season on a sour note with the loss.
Toluca nearly opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when Carlos Esquivel ran on to a through ball, got to the end-line, and cut the ball back for Rubens Sambueza, whose shot went just inches wide of the near post.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 14th minute after receiving a penalty kick. Franco Jara converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 for Pachuca. Five minutes later, Tijuana had a penalty of their own after Alfonso Blanco was called for a foul in the box, but the goalkeeper proceeded to save Víctor Malcorra’s attempt to keep the Tuzos in front.
The game started off well for the visitors, with León taking the lead in the 16th minute. Juan Cornejo played a give-and-go with Andrés Andrade, with the Chilean getting the ball back inside the box, taking a touch, and sending his shot into the far corner to make it 0-1.
In a brief press release, Tijuana announced the departure of head coach Eduardo Coudet.
“Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles announces that Eduardo Coudet and his coaching staff have mutually ended their working relationship as of this Monday.”
Coudet’s departure comes on the heels of the Xolos’ 3-1 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara in Jornada 15. Tijuana is currently 11th in the league table with 18 points, the product of five wins, three draws, and seven losses.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came back for a 3-1 victory. The result is El Rebaño’s first home win of the season and a second consecutive victory, while the Xolos have now lost two in a row.
The game started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in the 6th minute. Good combination play in the attack ended with Miller Bolaños making it 0-1 for Tijuana.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
Atlas came out attacking and less than a minute after the whistle blew they had the ball in the back of the net. However, Juan Pablo Vigón’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Tijuana drew 0-0 with 10-man Veracruz. The result ends a two-game losing streak for the Xolos but keeps them winless in four, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless in two.
The game was hard-fought from the beginning, with neither side able to take control. Goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between in the opening half; Gibrán Lajud made a save in the 10th minute on a shot from distance, and that was about the only chance of note.
The game changed in the 15th minute when Tijuana’s Emanuel Aguilera was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the night – his first having come in the 4th minute. It took Morelia just three minutes to make their extra man count as Diego Valdés received a through ball from Carlos Guzmán to make it 1-0 for the hosts.