MEXICO CITY, May 12 (Xinhua) -- A first-half strike from former Mexico international defender Jesus Duenas earned Tigres UANL a 1-0 away win at Cruz Azul in the first leg of their Liga MX quarterfinal on Thursday.
Duenas struck just before halftime with a long-range effort after Jesus Angulo's corner.
Tigres were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark when Nicolas Lopez was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.
But the visitors defended firmly to move within touching distance of a place in the semifinals.
In Thursday's other quarterfinal first leg, Atlas secured a 2-1 win at Guadalajara.
Jeremy Marquez netted two first-half goals for the visitors before Cristian Calderon reduced the deficit early in the second-half.