SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 11.- The UANL Tigres’ performance on the pitch was reflected in the score, and they ended up hammering the second place on the General Table, Guadalajara, 3-0.
From the very start, our side displayed their superiority on the field of play, with effective football through a solid defense and a decisive attack.
This result allowed Tigres to reach 16 points, which, while not moving them up the table much, does keep their hopes alive of qualifying to the Playoffs.
The match began on an intense, thrilling note, since with just 5 minutes and 40 seconds on the clock, André-Pierre Gignac put his side in the lead after heading home a corner kick by Ismael Sosa.
The stands exploded almost at the same time as the ball hit the net, clearly showing the hunger for victory of our team and our supporters.
At minute 9, Guido Pizarro attempted a shot from inside the box, and at 14’ Eduardo Vargas headed the ball into goalkeeper Cota’s hands. Tigres gave a glimpse of what would become a total of three.
Chivas reacted at 29’, but Ángel Zaldívar’s opportunity went wide of Nahuel Guzmán’s left post.
However, our team continued to attack and at 30’ Gignac had a chance at a shot in the zone that was hard to control, and later, at 36’, his lob from inside the area was saved by the netkeeper, Cota.
Tigres sent the same eleven onto the pitch in the second half, maintaining their udea of attacking and looking for a second goal.
At minute 48, Javier Aquino sent a powerful shot that Cota just managed to save one-handedly; a few minutes later, at 54’, Eduardo Vargas assisted Gignac with a fine individual play, but the Frenchman’s shot was once again saved by Cota.
Tuca then decided to make some substitutions, taking off Sosa and Vargas, to give an opportunity to Jürgen Damm, who was back from a long injury, and Lucas Zelarayan, seeking to up the attack.
A minute later, in a counterattack by Nahuel, Zelarayan entered the zone, drawing the goalkeeper and a defender out, crossed to Gignac, but a midfielder stole the ball from the French footballer.
Tigres wanted more, and just 45 seconds later, Damm entered the right side of the box and sent a powerful shot that left the crossbar shaking. Chivas were let off the second goal.
However, things were different at minute 74, Aquino entered the box from the left, cut back looking for Gignac, but it was Jesús Dueñas who came up from behind to bring the score to 2-0.
Minute 79 saw another counterattack orchestrated by Aquino with a pass to Gignac who crossed to Damm closing in down the center, to return the ball to the Frenchman, but Cota conceded a corner with his save.
Tigres was transformed into the team everyone wanted to see and at minute 83 Javier Aquino came in from the left, crossed to Gignac who masterfully headed the ball past the right post for the third goal.
The jubilation in the stands was at a peak, since the fans and the team were back in synch, awakening the hope of sneaking into the Playoffs and defending their champion’s title.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 86), Ismael Sosa (Jurgen Damm 62’), Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayn 62’) and André-Pierre Gignac.
GUADALAJARA: Rodolfo Cota; Jair Pereira (Guillermo Martínez 71’), Hedgardo Marín, Juan Basulto, Ángel Zaldívar (Michel Benítez 71’), Michael Pérez, Néstor Calderón, Miguel Ponce, Javier López (Orbelin Pineda 46’), Carlos Fierro and Alan Pulido.
1-0 (6’) André-Pierre Gignac leapt in the box to meet Ismael’s cross from a corner, and headed the ball home.
2-0 (74’) Jesús Dueñas with a right-footed shot off assisted by Javier Aquino with a cross from the left.
3-0 (83’) André-Pierre Gignac’s header in the box, assisted by Javier Aquino from the left.
TIGRES: Jorge Torres Nilo (65’) and Jürgen Damm (82’)
GUADALAJARA: Juan Basulto (30’), Michael Pérez (55’) and Miguel Ponce (80’)
REFEREE: Eduardo Galván Basulto
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