The final time Gibran Lajud was in objective throughout a Liga MX match he saw four balls crash into his internet. The Tijuana Xolos goalkeeper needed to decide 4 balls from his internet in a loss at Pachuca final week.
There was none of that Saturday night time at Estadio Caliente. Lajud was a key element in a 1-0 win towards visiting Rayados de Monterrey.
Lajud made a handful of standout saves and was typically in the right position to secure the ball. One among his saves included him flying to his left to punch out a Miguel Layun free kick. It stored the Xolos aim protected as Tijuana answered with a Miller Bolanos objective within the 62nd minute. Bolaos’ objective was sufficient to assist Oscar Pareja’s workforce to a different three factors.
The win helps the Xolos remain within the race for a playoff spot as they move to 19 points in the Clausura table and a 6-four-1 document after Week eleven.
Bolanos tapped in a Gustavo Bou low-rolling cross to offer the Xolos the win. It was Bolanos who fed Bou on the previous move before sprinting up subject to obtain the give back and end the scoring play.
Tijuana had showed a torpid stand in its earlier league match in Pachuca on the street to central Mexico. It adopted up with a 1-0 win in the Copa MX semifinals a couple of days later. The journey back residence maybe served Pareja’s staff properly as it stored certainly one of Mexico’s most harmful teams at bay in Rayados.
Monterrey got here in because the No. 3 staff within the standings with one of many league’s prime rosters. Tijuana handed the Rayados its first loss of the season after going 10 games unbeaten. The Xolos had additionally crushed Monterrey in the 2018 Clausura quarterfinals as a heavy underdog.
Tijuana now heads into a world FIFA break and returns to league action at Queretaro FC on March 30 for a Week 12 match.
Orozco writes for the Xolos’ web site.