Tijuana beats Toluca 2-1 in final first leg
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Tijuana defeated Toluca 2-1 on Thursday in the first leg of Mexico's first division final and has the edge going into Sunday's deciding match in Toluca.
Fidel Martinez and Paraguayan Pablo Aguilar scored in the first half for Tijuana, with the second goal allowed despite replays suggesting he was offside. Edgar Benitez scored for Toluca.
Tijuana is a newcomer to Mexico's first division and was promoted only last year, while Toluca is attempting to win its 11th title to equal Guadalajara Chivas as Mexico's most successful club.
Tijuana had deservedly taken the lead in the 24th minute when Martinez brought down a pass chipped over the defense by Cristian Pellerano and slotted the ball through goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera's legs and into the net.
The hosts dominated the first half and had a number of half chances, but Toluca equalized two minutes later with its first real attack of the game.
Paraguayan Benitez scored from a tight angle when Lucas Silva slid the ball across goal after a mistake by US international Edgar Castillo sent him through down the right.
Aguilar tapped in Tijuana's second in the 40th minute after US international Joe Corona flicked on a freekick swung in from the right by Fernando Arce.
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