Los Xolos de Tijuana beat Toluca 2-0 in the second leg of the Liga Mx final to grab the Apertura 2012 title by 4-1 on aggregate.
Successive goals by Richard Ruiz and Duvier Riascos midway through the second half allowed the visiting Xolos to seal the victory.
Both sides were mistake-prone in the first half and Toluca, already down 2-0 after the first leg in Tijuana, only managed two scoring chances, both the work of Argentine Diego Novaretti.
His header in the 34th minute missed the net and a corner kick with about 2 minutes left before intermission posed no threat to the Xolos' goal.
Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera preserved the tie with a save against Edgar Castillo early in the second half and Luis Tejada had a chance to put the home side on the board in the 57th minute, but he muffed the shot.
It was then that the Xolos took control.
The visitors' dominance paid off in the 70th minute, when Ruiz scored on a rebound after a free kick by Fernando Arce. The goal appeared to leave Toluca dazed and they gave up another tally a minute later.
Toluca belatedly came to life and might have scored in the 77th minute if not for the skill of Xolos keeper Cirilo Saucedo, perhaps the outstanding netminder of the Apertura season.
The championship put an exclamation point on the meteoric rise of Tijuana, which only joined the first division in mid-2011. EFE