Tijuana rescue a point vs. Chiapas with a 2-2 draw

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By Rafael

Richard Ruiz scored an equalizer in the 78th minute as Tijuana rescued a point with a 2-2 draw against Chiapas on Saturday night.

Tijuana missed the opportunity to overtake Cruz Azul at the top of the table with a win.

Meanwhile, Chiapas extend their unbeaten streak at home to 16, the longest active streak in the Liga MX.

Xolos showed greater urgency in the opening minutes as Ricardo da Silva sent a long distance rocket only inches wide of the far post.

But two minutes later, against the run of play, Matias Vuoso turned his defender and whipped in a cross towards the middle. Aviles Hurtado was there to thump in his fifth goal in five games and put the hosts ahead.

In the 36th minute, Juan Arango delivered a perfect free-kick around the wall and to the top right corner, but the Jaguares goalkeeper, Oscar Jimenez, produced a superb save.

Xolos did equalize, however, four minutes later. Jesus Chavez sent a powerful header from a corner to the back of the net to make things 1-1.

The hosts started the second half stronger, and only seconds in, Vuoso had a header rebounded off the crossbar.

Moments later, Vuoso got a foot on an Aviles Hurtado cross to give Chiapas the lead again.

In the 54th minute, it may have got worse for Tijuana when Vuoso slipped a ball through to Aviles Hurtado. The Colombian was unmarked with only the keeper to beat, but he blazed his shot over the crossbar.

The game was back and forth, and at the other end, Joe Corona sent a long distance shot that forced Jimenez to a great save.

With less than 15 minutes to go, Dayro Moreno opened play to Richard Ruiz in the right-wing. Ruiz chested the ball down and skipped past a defender before finishing past the Tijuana goalkeeper and equalizing the score.

As the game headed into the final seconds, both teams signed off on the draw and remain in the top-half of the Liga MX table after five weeks.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs Mexicanfut.com when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.