CIUDAD DE MÉXICO | Sunday, October, 2016.- Tigres responded in Mexico City, arrived at the Pumas pitch and left with a 1-3 victory, the outcome of an orderly, well-developed performance by Ricardo Ferretti’s men, who very early on set the pace of the match.
With goals by Lucas Zelarayán, Andy Delort and Ismael Sosa, the felines prevailed in enemy territory to reach a total of 26 points, practically guaranteeing their qualification to the Playoffs.
Tigres will now be focusing on the Derby against Rayados, who will be visiting the Universitario Stadium next Saturday to secure their ticket to the next phase.
Ricardo Ferretti essentially used the same squad as in the CONCACAF Champions League match, just adding Juninho in the center to replace José Rivas. All the other players were the same, including Andy Delort and Luis Quiñones, who had scored their first goal in that match wearing the felines’ jersey.
With this lineup, the defense rested solely on Guido Pizarro’s shoulders, accompanied in the midfield area by Zelarayán, who had his work cut out, including the constant overlapping runs and marking along the sides by Aquino and Quiñones.
André-Pierre Gignac still hadn’t fully recovered and did not join the team on the trip to Mexico City to give him enough time for the muscle spasm sustained in the Necaxa match to heal.
In the very first minute of the match, Tigres almost opened the scoring with a reverse pass from Ismael Sosa to Aquino, who took the shot as best he could, forcing Palacios to dive, rebounding the ball to Delort, who was unable to finish.
The felines were soon rewarded, when, at minute 7, a magnificent free kick by Zelarayán put Tigres ahead. Another attempt came soon after from Delort, but was stopped by the goalkeeper’s timely action.
Tigres put so much pressure on that, at the 20-minute mark, the referee sent off the Pumas player Marcelo Alatorre for his second yellow card, giving ‘Tuca’ Ferretti’s men the advantage in numbers. Nevertheless, at 31’, just when the San Nicolás de los Garza team were at their best, Britos scored the equalizer.
Tigres floundered for a few moments, but toward the end of the first half, Aquino, Quiñones and Delort all had opportunities that didn’t end up in the back of their host’s net.
There were no changes at the start of the second half. It began with the same men as at the end of the first half and with the same intensity. In fact, Zelarayán continued to be the most dangerous man on Ferretti’s team, attempting from free kicks and becoming the player who posed the greatest threat.
Before two dangerous mid-range shots, the second goal arrived for Tigres via Andy Delort who received the ball in the box, changed its direction to slide it past Palacios. ‘Tuca’ then decided to make two substitutions, replacing Delort and Quiñones with Julián Quiñonez and Jürgen Damm, to give the team breathing space.
Julián made an energetic entrance, seeking brilliant long-range balls and shots, throwing the opponent of balance and, together with Damm, generating the greatest number of opportunities against ‘Pikolín’ Palacios’, whose concern was no longer the difficulty but rather the frequency of the shots.
‘Tuca’ decided to use his last substitution to control the midfield area, sending Manuel Viniegra on to replace Zelarayán.
At 90’, Tigres put the finishing touches to its masterpiece with a goal by Ismael Sosa, who simply scored from a pass by Quiñones on the left, consolidating Tigres’ victory over Pumas at Ciudad Universitaria.
#TigreDato Tigres continues to succeed as visitors and this time were the first team to break Pumas’ undefeated streak at home. The team from San Nicolás de los Garza has collected 14 away points in this tournament.
1-1 (31’) Goal by Matías Britos who sent a loose ball in front of Nahuel’s net, after a save, skimming past the left-hand post.
0-1 (7’) Lucas Zelarayán scores an amazing goal from a direct free kick, finding the upper right-hand corner of Palacios’ goal.
1-2 (56’) Andy Delort cuts in the zone and easily sends the ball into the back of the net.
1-3 (90’) Ismael Sosa scores after a fine left cross by Julián Quiñones.
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios; Marcelo Alatorre, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón and Luis Fuentes (Eduardo Herrera 79’); Kevin Escamilla (Jorge Van Rankin 25’), Abraham González and Javier Cortés; Pablo Barrera, Jesús Gallardo and Matías Britos
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán; Jesús Dueñas, Hugo Ayala, Juninho and Jorge Torres Nilo; Guido Pizarro, Lucas Zelarayán (Manuel Viniegra 87’), Luis Quiñones (Jürgen Damm 57’) and Javier Aquino; Ismael Sosa and Andy Delort (Julián Quiñones 57’)
Referee: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán
Pumas: Marcelo Alatorre (6’) and (20’), Gerardo Alcoba (12’), Matías Britos (61’)
Tigres: Jorge Torres Nilo (17’)
Pumas: Marcelo Alatorre (20’) for accumulating two yellows