Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Cruz Azul 2, Tijuana 0

A pair of totally different-looking teams from the end of last year met in the second game of the opening night doubleheader, as Tijuana began a new tournament without former coach Miguel Herrera & Defensive Midfielder Of The Year Guido Rodriguez (both jumped to America) and Cruz Azul also started fresh looking to start strong and avoid possibly being in the demotion picture after this year. The result was surprisingly (perhaps) one-sided as Cruz Azul dominated in a 2-0 victory. Edgar Mendez, a rookie from Spain making his Liga MX debut, scored both goals for the visitors-first on a 20th-minute header than on an 82nd-minute shot. Cruz Azul had a chance for more but Adrian Aldrete missed a PENAL! in the 19th minute after drawing one of Tijuana’s 3 Amarillas on the night against goalie Manuel Lajud, who tripped Aldrete with his outstretched hands diving for the ball as Alrete was attacking.

Game Stats:
Goals-Edgar Mendez 2 (Cruz Azul, 20′, 82′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 3 (Manuel Lajud, 18′, Victor Aguilera, 69′, Juan Lucero, 71′), Cruz Azul 3 (Rafael Baca, 37′, Gabriel Penalba, 44′, Julian Velazquez, 52′)

Venue: Estadio Caliente, Tijuana
Attendance: 27,333 (100% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Tijuana-at Necaxa (7/29)
Cruz Azul-Guadalajara (7/29)