Monday, December 11, 2017

Liga MX wrap: Tijuana win ill-tempered clash

Tijuana made it two wins out of two in the Liga MX’s new Clausura season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Leon on Sunday.

The Apertura champions struck early when Alfredo Moreno beat the offside trap to slot home Fernando Arce’s incisive pass six minutes in at the Estadio Caliente.

Tijuana, who beat Puebla 2-1 in their opening fixture, remained in control as they sought a second.

Duvier Riascos came closest to doubling the hosts’ lead but Christian Martinez was quick off his line to deny the striker.

The match turned sour shortly after the hour mark when Leon’s Carlos Pena received his marching orders for a late challenge on Fidel Martinez.

Pena caught Martinez with studs showing, as the visitors were reduced to ten.

However, Tijuana failed to make the extra man count and Leandro Augusto’s red for a similar miss-timed challenge levelled the playing field in the closing stages.

The scores stayed the same at the final whistle with Tijuana joining Club America and Tigres as the only sides with perfect starts to the season.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Apertura finalists Toluca continued their stuttering start to the season with a 1-1 draw against Puebla.

Toluca, who played out a draw in the opening round, fell behind after 62 minutes as Felix Borja beat goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera but a late equaliser from Lucas Silva salvaged a point for the home team.

Meanwhile, Monterrey earned a 1-0 victory over Morelia, their first win of the campaign.

Having tasted defeat in round one, Monterrey were determined to secure maximum points and they did courtesy of Neri Cardozo’s sixth-minute strike.


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