Tijuana extended their home shutout streak to five matches as Xolos downed Pumas 1-0 at Estadio Caliente. Xolos now leads the Liga MX table , four points up on Pachuca and Tigres as Week 7 gets underway.
Gabriel Hauche got the lone goal in the 23rd minute on a blast that beat Pikolín Palacios.
Pumas’ defense offered very little resistance, as they did not seem able to match the speed of Xolos. Time after time Tijuana was able to string together long passes and keep Hauche and Moreno onside. Milton Caraglio and Hauche both hit the woodwork with shots in the first half - luckily for Pumas the shots did not go in.
Pumas on the other hand struggled offensively, getting no shots on goal on just four shots in the first half and three shots on goal on eleven total shots.
Pumas would get some decent looks in the second half, but it was mostly Xolos who had the better chances - none of which were better than this goal that was called offside:
Xolos fans were upset with the call, but I think the referee got it right. The ball hit off of Moreno, who was in an offside position. Cruel and harsh? Definitely, but it was correct to rule it no goal.
Dayro Moreno failed to score for the first time in four matches, and looked to be off for the entire match. Nothing was clearer evidence than him bouncing a header off of the crossbar:
Federico Vilar had a solid game. Vilar wound up making three saves, none bigger than a save on a close range blast from Darío Verón late to preserve the win.
Xolos head to Monterrey next Saturday to face Los Rayados while Pumas heads back to D.F. to host Querétaro next Sunday.
Xolos: Federico Vilar, Guido Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Gabriel Hauche, Milton Caraglio, Ignacio Malcorra (Juan Carlos Medina, 87’), Damián Pérez, Michael Orozco, Avilés Hurtado (Kevin Gutierrez, 81’), Emanuel Aguilera, Dayro Moreno (Paul Arriola, 87’)
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Darío Verón, Luis Fuentes, Marcelo Alatorre (José van Rankin, 64’), Alejandro Castro (Luis Quintana, 70’), Javier Cortéz, Abraham González, Pablo Barrera, Fidel Martínez, Jesús Gallardo (Saúl Berjón, 58’), Matías Britos
Scoring: Gabriel Hauche (23’)
Disciplinary: Javier Cortéz (yellow - 11’), Milton Caraglio (yellow - 28’), Emanuel Aguilera (yellow - 57’), Saúl Berjón (yellow - 67’), Ignacio Malcorra (yellow - 85’)