Goals from Aviles Hurtado and Juan Lucero moved Xolos de Tijuana a step closer to making the Liguilla as Miguel Herrera’s men came from behind to beat Chiapas 2-1.
The hosts, Jaguares, came into this match struggling to earn points in the last few weeks, but dominated early against a Tijuana side that was playing their second consecutive away game of the season.
A warning that this wasn’t going to be an easy afternoon for Tijuana came at the stroke of halftime when Felix Micolta swept home a superb one-two with Luis Leal.
However, Tijuana replied almost immediately at the restart. Chiapas goalkeeper Moises Muñoz produced an incredible howler, gifting Aviles Hurtado a free shot at goal to equalize the score at 1-1 against his former team.
With 15 minutes to go in the game, Juan Lucero was sent on in place of Milton Caraglio, which proved to be a key moment in the match. Just moments later, Paul Arriola sent the Argentine forward through on the right wing, and without thinking twice, Lucero thumped in the eventual winner for Xolos de Tijuana.
The result momentarily moved Tijuana to the top of the league table, and next host Toluca at the Estadio Caliente, in a game which may decide who enters the Liguilla as “superlider”.
Meanwhile, Chiapas continue sinking in the relegation table, and their next opponent will be Queretaro.