The second match of the opening-day Dr Pepper Dallas Cup triple-header at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas saw Mexican side Tigres defeat Everton of England 1-0 in a cagey match.
The lone goal of the game came in the 13th minute, with Tigres forward Luis Cruz rounding the Everton goalkeeper and slotting into an empty net to put his side in front. That goal would stand the test of the full 90 minutes, giving Tigres all three points.
Everton grew into the match after going down 1-0 early in the first half, creating several chances in and around the Tigres goal box. However, the bulk of the quality chances fell the way of Tigres, with Rafael Duran attempting an ambitious lob of the Everton goalkeeper just before halftime.
Displaying skill and pace, Tigres were the dominant team inside the first 45 minutes.
The second half of the match was marred by a series of feisty interactions between the sides, including a red card issued to Josef Yarney of Everton on 59 minutes for a poor tackle.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, Everton managed to create two clear-cut scoring chances that they were unable to take advantage of.
A spectacular point-blank stop by the Tigres goalkeeper on 77 minutes denied Everton on their first chance, before they spurned a further chance with only one minute remaining in regulation. Everton’s center-forward mistimed his kick while unmarked at the back post on a corner kick, with a gaping goal to aim for.
This sealed Everton’s fate in the match, with the two sides sparring further as the match drew to a close.