Sometimes you just know going into a match that it’s going to be a classic, and tonight’s match between first place Tijuana and third place Tigres did not disappoint. This was a brawl between two of Liga MX’s best teams that often mixed the frenetic back and forth of basketball with the physicality and extra-curricular jostling of ice hockey.
Tigres’ goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán put on a display tonight, making nine saves to earn a clean sheet. Lucas Zelarayán scored the game’s only goal off of a great cutback pass from Ismael Sosa in the 14th minute.
This match had it all. Xolos attempted 19 shots total including 5 headers from Milton Caraglio alone. Tijuana also had 12 corners to take, however Tigres did not budge. Andre-Pierre Gignac was mostly a non-factor in the match, seeing the most action after the match with a fiery exchange with Xolos’ goalkeeper Federico Vilar.
All told, eight yellow cards were handed out on the evening.
With Tijuana’s first home loss, Tigres is now tied with Pachuca in points with both clubs three points behind Xolos for the lead. Pachuca can tie Tijuana with a win over Cruz Azul later this evening.
Xolos: Federico Vilar; Juan Carlos Núñez (Ignacio Malcorra, 90’), Emanuel Aguilera, Michael Orozco (Juninho, 86’), Juan Valenzuela; Kevin Gutierrez (Henry Martin, 68’), Guido Rodríguez; Avilés Hurtado, Gabriel Hauche, Dayro Moreno; Milton Caraglio
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jesús Dueñas; Damián Álvarez (Alberto Acosta, 85’), Lucas Zelarayán, Guido Pizarro, Luis Quiñónes (Jürgen Damm ,46’); Ismael Sosa (Manuel Viniegra, 69’), André-Pierre Gignac
Scoring: Xolos - None; Tigres - Lucas Zelarayán (14’)
Disciplinary: Xolos - Emanuel Aguilera (Yellow - 38’), Gabriel Hauche (Yellow - 52’), Milton Caraglio (Yellow - 90+4’); Tigres - Jorge Torres Nilo (Yellow - 36’), Jesús Dueñas (Yellow - 59’), Damián Álvarez (Yellow - 69’), Nahuel Guzmán (Yellow - 81’), Alberto Acosta (Yellow - 90+5)