Toma Sub 20 ventaja en la Final: ¡2-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, 16 de Mayo.- Los Tigres Sub 20 dieron el primer paso a levantar el título del Clausura 2018, al vencer este medio día 2-0 a las Águilas del América, en partido de Ida de la Final.
Un golazo de Juan Sánchez con tiro desde atrás de la media cancha, y otro de Jonathan Vega, ambos en la parte complementaria, pusieron al cuadro de la UANL con una mano en la Copa, a espera del encuentro de vuelta.

EL PARTIDO
El encuentro tuvo un arranque explosivo, con llegadas de nuestro equipo pisando el área de manera peligrosa, pero sin llegar a encontrar el gol gracias a la intervención del arquero americanista, Giovani Estrada.
A los tres minutos Rafael Durán, el campeón goleador del torneo, habilitaba a Bryan Reyes, quien sacaba tiro que estrellaba en un zaguero.
Más tarde Fernando Cruz alcanzaba a controlar en linderos del área, pero antes de sacar tiro era desarmado por la zaga.
El cuadro visitante también traía lo suyo, cuando a los 25’ le exigió al máximo al sector defensivo de los nuestros, cuando Diego Lainez, quien comenzaría a ser un dolor de cabeza por su lado derecho, sacaba tiro en el área.
A los 31’ de nuevo Lainez se perfilaba en el área, en el mano a mano, a causar peligro, pero la zaga se imponía antes de matar al arquero Sergio Silva, quien evitaba el gol a los 36’ cuando lo fusilaban en el área chica.
Para la parte complementaria Tigres no sería el mismo explosivo al menos en el arranque, pues comenzaría a perder rápido la posesión y no encontrar el desdoble que pudiera darle el empuje que buscaba al frente.
A los 52’ Lainez parecía que la tenía, pero lograba córner; a los 55’ nuevamente la zaga de Tigres se imponía en una serie de rebotes que el América estaba provocando en el área.
Pero vendría a los 63 minutos el júbilo de los más de mil 500 incomparables, cuando Jonathan Vega cerraba pase por derecha que el arquero no lograba cortar, para anotar el 1-0 que les hacía soñar con el título.
El gol dio motivación a buscar más; a los 72’ Rafael Durán se volvía a parar en el área con balón en botines, sacando tiro que el arquero Estrada congelaba a dos tiempos.
Y tres minutos después, en una jugada donde se recuperaba el balón a 15 metros de la media cancha, aparecía Juan Sánchez sacando un fogonazo al ver al arquero adelantado, y anotando un golazo que ponía el 2-0 y el grito de “Tigres, Tigres” en el cielo.
América, sin embargo, no se dejaba vencer y mucho menos bajar los brazos, por lo que llegó a inquietar a la zaga de nuestro equipo, pero atrás estaba bien ubicado el arquero Silva.
Tigres tuvo el tercero en dos ocasiones, primero Bryan Reyes en el área con disparo que la zaga tapaba, a los 79 minutos, y luego a los 89’, Pedro Sifuentes sacaba tiro por fuera del poste izquierdo, pegando en la red exterior.
Así, Tigres Sub 20 tiene la ventaja, pero como lo declaró Ángel Martínez Cervera, la Final está abierta y tendrán que ir el sábado entrante al Estadio Azteca con la idea de ganar y traerse la Copa a la Ciudad.

Winning would build positive momentum.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 23.- Winning the Derby is a matter of pride, but would also build positive momentum, which could help the team as they compete in the Playoffs for the title, commented manager Ricardo Ferretti.
“I think it’s a good goal (winning the Derby); a good objective is to finish in the top four places so that we would at least have the home advantage in the first phase… Winning is always a highly important matter of pride and I think it would put us in a positive state of mind,” he added.
He acknowledges the poor performance in the last few matches…
“We want the team to be on the best possible form. Our performance hasn’t been great in the last three games, not for the lack of opportunity, but it’s something we didn’t achieve.
“On the other hand, they are better in this aspect, to the extent that they are above us on the table, but it’s a very small advantage for them, because both of us will be doing our best to win this match to reach the best possible position on the table and state of mind.”
Derby dates should be reviewed…
“I think more care should be taken with the Derbies. A Derby between us on the last match day, in my opinion, isn’t such a good idea, especially if we have both already qualified, since a Derby now and then again in the Playoffs would seem more like an intersquad game than a Derby. Hopefully, this point could be reviewed in the future.”
Since both sides have qualified, will there be a lack of interest in this Derby, will it change anything?
“I don’t think it will change anything at all. A Derby will be played the same and have the same ingredients as always. There won’t be any difference. You can play as many as you like every week and a Derby will always have something.”
About the possible player strike…
“Well, there have been comments (about a strike in the Liga), but I trust in people’s good sense. I don’t think it will happen because I believe the players will reach an agreement with the directors and the federation, so there won’t be any problem.
“They are asking for something that can’t be done, so they might set time limits, but I don’t think there will be any problem.”
What do you expect of your team in this Derby?
“What I can expect is the confidence that they will play well again. We had a more or less irregular streak at the beginning, then a good streak of playing well, earning points that gave us the possibility of finishing in third place and qualifying. So, first of all, I hope they will play excellent football on Saturday and if we play well and win, what could be better?”

Draw Secures Playoffs: 1-1

AGUASCALIENTES, April 21.- The UANL Tigres secured a spot in the Playoffs for the Clausura 2018 title with a 1-1 draw against the Necaxa Rayos.
All that remains to be confirmed with this result is the position our team will finish in amongst the top eight clubs.

FIRST HALF
Tigres controlled the first 45 minutes, with attacks on both flanks and short-range one-two plays, such as at minute three when Javier Aquino and André-Pierre Gignac had an opportunity that was intercepted.
Then, at minute seven, a header by Sosa went over the net guarded by Barovero, who, at 12’, was forced into action again to freeze an option created by Tigres following a corner.
The Rayos broke away endeavoring to react, but Rafael de Souza appeared outside the box to put a stop to their threat.
The best opportunity of the moment came at 16’, when Eduardo Vargas leaped and headed the ball just high of the crossbar. Our team was clearly ahead in attacking the opponent’s net.
However, Dieter Villalpando raised the banner for the Necaxa cause, but with a shot that missed far to the right.
At 24’, Vargas came through from the left and crossed to Ismael Sosa, whose attempt went wide of the right post.
But the Incomparable Ones (Tigres fans) who had travelled to Aguascalientes were ecstatic when, at 28’, Gignac cut back, assisting Vargas, who came face to face with the netkeeper and scored, making it 1-0.
Now that they were ahead, Tigres were able to ease off on their overlapping, but not ball recovery.
The Rayos’ best play occurred at minute 38, though Víctor Dávila’s powerful shot from outside the box was easily saved by Nahuel Guzmán.
At 40’, Sosa let the opponent off when Gignac recovered along the left, crossed to the Argentine player, whose attempt went wide of the left post. Just before the end of the first half, the goalkeeper intercepted a one-two between Vargas and Sosa.

SECOND HALF
Both sides started the second half with the same players. Tigres came out with the idea of scoring their second goal and, at 47’, following a corner, a shot by Hugo Ayala was wide of Barovero’s right post.
At 49’, a mid-range shot by Luis Gallegos was saved by Nahuel Guzmán, and just a minute later Roberto Alvarado sent the ball high over the bar.
Ismael Sosa tried to change the pace by breaking away down the right, but Barovero intercepted his cross. Just a minute later, Carlos González equalized with a header.
The home side wanted to make the most of this moment and, at 57’, another shot by Dávila missed to the left. Necaxa sustained their attack on Patón’s goal.
Tuca then decided to make his first substitution, replacing Sosa with Jürgen Damm, to take advantage of his speed along the right flank. At minute 65, Damm had his first opportunity, assisted by Aquino inside the box, but his shot was saved by Barovero.
Tuca then sent Lucas Zelarayán on to try to play the ball more in the midfield, sacrificing Vargas, who seemed to be overpowered by the opponent.
Tigres no longer had possession, forcing them to run twice the distance and seek recovery and overlapping, without putting possession at risk.
Nahuel made a one-handed save at minute 77, when a cross began to close in to the extent that his net came under threat.
Our side sought to react along both flanks, but neither Aquino nor Damm were able to penetrate the box. However, at 82’ Dueñas sent a shot over the bar, reflecting Tigres’ relentless attack on the opponent’s goal.
Ultimately, a draw secures Tigres’ qualification to the Playoffs. They just need to wait and see what their final position in the tournament will be.

LINEUPS
NECAXA: Marcelo Barovero; Bryan Beckeles, Igor Lichnovsky, Dieter Villalpando, Roberto Alvarado, Víctor Dávila (Martín Barragán 66’), Miguel Ponce (Daniel Álvarez 78’), Luis Gallegos, Fernando González (Gustavo Culma 88’), Carlos González and Mario de Luna.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Alberto Acosta, Jesús Dueñas (Kolo 88’), Rafael de Souza, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 63’), Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayan 71’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS
0-1 (28’) André-Pierre Gignac cuts back, assisting Eduardo Vargas, who comes face to face with the goalkeeper inside the box to score.
1-1 (54’) Cross from the right that Carlos González heads into the back of the net.

YELLOW CARDS
NECAXA: Brayan Beckeles (93’).
TIGRES: None

RED CARDS
None

A courageous victory for Tigres: 3-2!

                SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 27.- In an end-to-end match, the UANL Tigres became strong contenders for the top spots in the 2018 Clausura Tournament, having defeated the Pachuca Tuzos 3-2.

The victory left Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez without the chance to play next week against Pumas, after being shown two yellow cards and sent off.

 

                FIRST HALF

                Tigres displayed their strength at the start of the first 45 minutes, while Tuzos practically began with a yellow card, when Jorge Hernández was booked just two minutes into the match.

                At minute six, Eduardo Vargas had the first opportunity when he shook off his marker, though his shot went just high of the crossbar.

                Our team’s recovery was outstanding, fast and in a promising zone for building an attack. At 11’, it was Jesús Dueñas’ turn to send the ball over the goal.

                Afterwards, at 15’, André-Pierre Gignac appeared on the edge of the box, made his way through only for goalkeeper Blanco to save his attempt, conceding a corner. Tigres was already showing how dangerous they can be in front of their opponent’s goal.

                Five minutes later, netkeeper Blanco was beginning to become the Tuzos’ best player, stealing a goal from Dueñas at 20’ with a one-handed deflection.

                Chilean player Vargas attempted once more with a half turn and a shot that went wide of the left post, just centimeters from coming into contact with the net. Nevertheless, at 35’, Vargas, on his own in the box, finished with a backheel, bringing the score to 1­-0.

                The jubilation of the Incomparable Ones (the fans) was complete with the goal by Vargas and their side ahead in the scoring, a lead that grew at minute 41, when Ismael Sosa crossed from the right to the near post, where Javier Aquino tapped the ball in to make it 2-0.

                                 

                SECOND HALF

                Tigres slowed their pace in the second half, while Tuzos went all out for everything they could find.

                In fact, barely at 47’, a cross by Angelo Sagal inside the right post reduced the goal difference to 2-1.

                Tigres began to regain their first-half style, and, at minute 52, Javier Aquino’s attempt was saved by the goalkeeper in two moves. Gignac also had an opportunity that went wide of the right post, at 62’.

                Vargas almost scored the third at minute 76, assisted by Jürgen Damm, who had come on as a substitute, but he was unable to finish. Then, at 80’, Honda took advantage of a moment of inattention by the defense to close a cross from the right and score the equalizer.

                This lifted the Tuzos’ spirits, until, at minute 84, Gignac put a stop to their celebrations, by shooting in the box off an assist by Torres Nilo and putting the ball into the net close to the right post, bringing the score to 3-2 and the fans to their feet in the stands.

                At minute 89, Luis Rodríguez was shown the red card, making the rest of the match complicated for the hosts, since in the last five minutes of injury time, the visitors were clearly the stronger side.

                Pachuca tried over and over again, but Tigres’ defense and Nahuel Guzmán steadfastly resisted Tuzos’ attack.  

                Tigres came away with three points, giving them a total of seven, making them strong contenders for the top places in the general table.

 

                LINEUPS

                TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Rafael de Souza, Francisco Meza (Jorge Torres Nilo 67’), Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayan 87’), Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 64’), André-Pierre Gignac, Javier Aquino, Luis Rodríguez and Jesús Dueñas.

                PACHUCA: Alfonso Blanco; Honda Keisuka, Víctor Guzmán (Erick Gutiérrez 61’), Nicolás Sagal, Emmanuel García, Erick Aguirre (Walter González 87’), Jorge Hernández, José Martínez, Oscar Murillo, Robert Herrera and Franco Jara (Sebastián Palacios 71’).

 

                GOALS

1-0   (35’) A cross by Ismael Sosa from the right finds Eduardo Vargas who backheels the ball into the back of the net.

2-0   (41’) Another cross by Ismael Sosa to the near post is finished by Javier Aquino, who taps the ball in to score.

2-1   (47’) Ángel Sagal scores from inside the box close to the right post.

2-2   (80’) Honda Keisuka scores off a cross from the right.

3-2   (84’) Jorge Torres Nilo’s cross from the left finds André-Pierre Gignac, who taps the ball in to score.

               

                YELLOW CARDS

                TIGRES: Luis Rodríguez (43’), Francisco Meza (43’), André-Pierre Gignac (70’)

                PACHUCA: Jorge Hernández (2’), Emmanuel García (70’), Sebastián Palacios (87’)

 

                RED CARDS

                TIGRES: Luis Rodríguez (89’)

                PACHUCA: None

 

               REFEREE: Oscar Mejía

                ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Christian Kiabek

                ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Juan Carlos Salinas

                FOURTH OFFICIAL: Miguel Ángel Flores

 

Award for fans’ commitment to change their chant in the stadium.

MONTERREY, NL | OCTOBER 7, 2017.- Tigres’ supporters were recognized today at the Ninth Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, since the Incomparable Ones, as the fans are known, have managed to successfully implement the Tigres Chant initiative in each goal kick by the opponent’s goalkeeper.
With this gesture, the fans have given four schools the opportunity to be remodeled, thus enhancing the school environment for the children and their families, which will translate into a positive effect on their education and quality of life.
The award was presented by Chris Kukk, Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, and Cristina González, Director of EMV, and received, on behalf of all the supporters, by the Cepeda Maldonado family, who, as season ticket holders, participated in this transformation of the chant to “Eeeeh, Tigres”.
From Tigres, goalkeepers Enrique Palos and Miguel Ortega also attended, accompanied by Beatriz Ramos, Chief Commercial and Communications Officer, and Alberto Palomino, Chief Administrative and Operations Officer.

Power-to-power draw: 2-2!

MÉXICO, D.F. August 23.-In a power-to-power match, the UANL Tigres let victory slip away from them in the Azteca Stadium just four minutes before the end, to draw 2-2 against the América Águilas.

Manager Ricardo Ferretti surprised everyone by leaving players such as André-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas and Ismael Sosa on the bench, leaving the match to Enner Valencia, who didn’t disappoint, since he scored two goals, bringing his personal total to five.

FIRST HALF

Our side controlled the first half of the match, circulating the ball from side to side and showing recovery in the defensive zone, where Hugo Ayala and Francisco Meza were definitely in charge.

At minute six, Lucas Zelarayán’s shot following a set-piece situation went over Agustín Marchesin’s goal. This was the first warning from our team, which looked compact when seeking the opponent’s goal.

Then, at 9’, Jürgen Damm broke away down the right, entered the box, but the goalkeeper came of his line to save his shot.

A minute, Javier Aquino’s header met Enner Valencia in the area, but a defender who broke away down the flank put a stop to this opportunity.

Zelarayán almost scored at 16’, when Damm on the right sent a low ball in the box to Chino who came face-to-face with Marchesin, but his shot was off-target and hit Valencia’s hand, stopping the play.

América had their first opportunity at minute 18, when Pablo Aguilar found a ball in the area, though his shot went way over Nahuel Guzmán’s crossbar.

Two minutes later, Damm came up the right, entered the box and a foul on him resulted in a penalty shot for Tigres. At 21’, Valencia converts the penalty with a shot to the center of the goal, making it 1-0.

After the goal, the opponent, remembering that they were at home, moved forward and began to pressure Tigres’ defense, keeping Nahuel on his toes more than once.

However, the defense stood firm until minute 40, when William Da Silva received on the edge of the box, made his way through and crossed to defeat Nahuel and equalize, to the delight of the home fans in the stands.

At 42’, just before half-time, our team reacted with a play by Damm on the right, whose cross was met with a header by Zelarayán, but Marchesin saved the ball, silencing the cries of ‘goal’.

SECOND HALF

América came out in the second half determined to turn the score around, and, at 48’, a shot by Cecilio Domínguez went into Nahuel’s hands.

Miguel Samudio shook Nahuel’s right post at 51’, saving Tigres from the second goal against at a time when the rival was beginning to take control of the match.

At minute 58, Domínguez’s header went over Nahuel, in what looked as though it would be América’s second goal.

Tuca decided to make his first substitution at minute 62, replacing Zelarayán with André-Pierre Gignac, clearly seeking to reinforce the attack.

His plan seemed to be working when, at minute 70, Aquino crossed from the left, the ball hit a defender, almost stopping still, when Valencia appeared and defeated Marchesin, making it 2-1 for Tigres.

At 82’, Tuca made his second substitution, taking Israel Jiménez off and sending young Damián Torres on, to refresh the double shield in the midfield area. Later on, he took Acosta off to give Iván Estrada an opportunity.

But at 86’, a lack of focus during a corner play, where Alejandro Díaz, who had just come on, defeated Nahuel to bring the final score to 2-2.

In injury time, Tigres had an opportunity with a header by Meza that went wide of the right post, and then Gignac’s attempt from inside the box was obstructed.

LINEUPS

AMÉRICA: Agustín Marchesin; Guido Rodríguez, Miguel Samudio, William Da Silva, Cecilio Domínguez, Pablo Aguilar (Edson Álvarez 76’), Bruno Valdez, Paul Aguilar, Renato Ibarra, Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta (Alejandro Díaz 84’).

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Alberto Acosta (Iván Estrada 84’), Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Israel Jiménez (Damián Torres 82’), Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm, Lucas Zelarayan (André-Pierre Gignac 62’) and Enner Valencia 83.

GOAL

0-1   (21’) Penalty taken by Enner Valencia after a foul on Jürgen Damm.

1-1   (40’) William Da Silva receives in the box and crosses to defeat Nahuel Guzmán.

1-2   (70’) Javier Aquino crosses from the left, the ball hits a defender and drops in the box, so that Enner Valencia could take it up to score.

2-2   (86’) Alejandro Díaz takes advantage of a dead ball off a corner to score.

YELLOW CARDS

AMÉRICA: Oribe Peralta (29’)

TIGRES: Alberto Acosta (24’), Nahuel Guzmán (31’)

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE:

No. 1: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava

No. 2:

Fourth official:

Historic landslide for Tigres Women

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 19.- In a historic score in the Mexican Women’s League, the UANL Tigres de la UANL defeated 9-0 the León Esmeraldas del León, to reach the top of Group 2.
A double brace by Carolina Jaramillo, bringing her personal total to seven, and a hattrick by Blanca Solís guided the yellow and blue side to third place on the general table.
So far, this is the highest score on record in the Women’s League, together with Pachuca’s 9-1 defeat over Cruz Azul.
The match was quickly defined in the first half, between two unevenly matched teams, since by minute nine, Tigres was already ahead 3-0 in front of approximately five thousand Incomparable Ones who were accompanying them.
Carolina Jaramillo came out of the locker room with the necessary drive to score the first three goals, first with a header at 3’, then, at 6’, she took a free kick to defeat the goalkeeper and, at 9’, she brought her tally to three.
Being 3-0 ahead encouraged our players to touch the ball better on the pitch of the Universitario Stadium.
Blanca Solís appeared at minute 17 to score her first of the night, giving her side a decisive 4-0 lead. Three minutes later, Nancy Antonio also scored, off a mid-range shot.
Solís’ name came up on the scoreboard once more, at minute 23, with the sixth goal of an evening in which Tigres’ third victory in the Women’s League seemed to be developing extremely rapidly.
For the start of the second half, manager Osvaldo Batocletti chose to make two substitutions, sending Katty Martínez and Belén Cruz on, with the clear objective of maintaining the team’s control over the opponent.
As a result, at just minute 48, Blanca Solís received the ball in the box, sending the ball into the net just past the left post and making it 7-0.
Three minutes later, Katty Martínez, who had barely been on the pitch for six minutes, stole the ball and surprised the goalkeeper with a lob that brought the night’s score to eight.
Nayeli Rangel had an opportunity at minute 68 with a powerful shot from outside the goal area that went over the crossbar.
Carolina Jaramillo became the player of the evening when she scored her fourth in the match, making it 9-0 in a historic result that is the biggest margin of victory in the newly created Women’s Liga MX.

LINEUPS
TIGRES: Ana Gabriela Paz; Akemi Yokoyama (Vanessa González 75’), Jazmín Enrigue, Nancy Antonio (Katty Martínez 46’), Liliana Mercado, Carolina Jaramillo, Nayeli Rangel, Lizbeth Ovalle, Natalia Villarreal, Blanca Solís and Claudia Ibarra (Belén Cruz 46’).
LEÓN: Lyz García; Claudia Angulano, María Rangel, Sandra Camacho (Marisol Luna 17’), Tania García, Sanjuana Muñoz, Paulina Gómez, Diana Chavarría, Leticia Vázquez, Michelle Vargas and Karen de León (Paulina Aguilar 50’).

GOALS

1-0        (3’) Carolina Jaramillo with a header.
2-0        (6’) Carolina Jaramillo defeats the goalkeeper off a free kick.
3-0        (9’) Carolina Jaramillo scores again.
4-0        (17’) Blanca Solís scores.
5-0        (20’) Nancy Antonio scores off a mid-range shot.
6-0        (23’) Blanca Solís receives in the box and crosses to score.
7-0        (48’) Blanca Solís sends the ball into the net past the left post.
8-0        (51’) Katty Martínez steals the ball and scores with a lob.
9-0        (82’) Carolina Jaramillo receives in the area and takes advantage as the goalkeeper comes off her line.

Victory returns to Tigres – 2-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 19.- The UANL Tigres got back on the path to victory, beating the UNAM Pumas 2-0 tonight, to become one of the top contenders for the Apertura 2017 title.

Eduardo Vargas and André-Pierre Gignac, who missed a penalty in the first half, scored the goals that gave Tigres their sixth, seventh and eighth points.

FIRST HALF

The pace at the start of the match was somewhat slow, but our side gradually began to get the evening and the match being played on the pitch back on track, attacking from the flanks, making the most of Javier Aquino and Ismael Sosa.

At 5’, Van Rankin’s shot went over Nahuel Guzman’s goal, taking advantage of a bad move on the part of Tigres’ defense. At 12’, Aquino came into the box, but his cross was easily deflected by the goalkeeper.

However, at minute 15’, Sosa managed to break away down the right-hand side, crossed at the level of the penalty spot to a find Eduardo Vargas, whose header defeated the Mexico City goalkeeper, bringing the score to 1-0.

After the goal, Tigres sought to take advantage of their opponent’s despondency, when, at 17’, André-Pierre Gignac’s attempt was saved on the goal line by netkeeper Mendoza.

Not long after, our captain, Juninho, was forced off the pitch by a muscle injury after endeavoring to switch play. Alberto Acosta substituted him, to play on the left side, and Paco Meza moved to the center with Hugo Ayala.

Pumas tried to react with long-range passes, but either Nahuel’s solid defense or their poor aim, put a stop to their attempts at equalizing.

Tigres seemed to have the second goal in the bag after a hand ball by a Pumas defense forced the referee to award a penalty. Gignac took the penalty, which was saved by the goalkeeper, making this a missed opportunity.

SECOND HALF

Pumas started the second half eager to equalize as quickly as possible, and almost did so when Nicolás Castillo’s backheel barely went wide of Nahuel’s right post.

At 51’, Acosta had a chance with a mid-distance shot cleared by the goalkeeper to concede a corner. At 59´, it was Chaka Rodríguez’s turn with a cross into the box looking for Gignac, but the defense got in the way.

Gignac had another opportunity at 65’, with a header from inside the box, but goalkeeper Saldívar began to become Pumas’ best player, when he saved what looked to be Tigres’ second goal.

Off a set-piece situation, Tigres had another attempt, when Hugo Ayala’s header was deflected by the netkeeper at minute 75.

But their efforts were rewarded at minute 79, when a ball cleared in the box by the goalkeeper found Gignac, whose right-footed shot defeated Saldívar, making it 2-0, to the delight of the Incomparable Ones.

At 82,’ Vargas almost scored a fantastic goal, when, off a cross into the box by Gignac, the Chilean attempted a scissor kick that unfortunately went too high.

At 83’, with Valencia on the pitch in Vargas’ place, Jürgen Damm received on the right, but his cross faded away.

Jesús Dueñas could have scored the third at 89’, off a cross by Gignac that landed in front of the goal, but the shot went straight into the netkeeper’s hands.

At 91’, Valencia had an opportunity off a free kick, but his powerful shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

LINEUPS

UNAM: Alfredo Saldívar; Josecarlos Van Rankin, Luis Quintana, Alan Mendoza (Joffre Guerrón 65’), David Cabrera, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello, Brian Figueroa (Néstor Calderón 73’), Jesús Gallardo, José García and Nicolás Castillo.

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Juninho (Alberto Acosta 25’), Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Israel Jiménez, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 78’), Eduardo Vargas (Enner Valencia 83’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

1-0   (15’) Ismael Sosa crosses from the right to Eduardo Vargas, who scores with a header.

2-0   (78’) The defense clears the ball, which is found by André-Pierre Gignac, whose right-footed shot defeats the goalkeeper.

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Israel Jiménez (85’).

UNAM: Joffre Guerrón (85’) and José García (90’)

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE: Fernando Guerrero

No. 1: Marcos Quintero

No. 2: Andrés Hernández

Fourth official: Jorge A. Pérez

Play wherever to get back on track.- Israel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 16.- Israel Jiménez is ready for orders from manager Ricardo Ferretti, regardless of the position he’s asked to play – winger or defender -, since his goal is to get back on track.
“Well, we all have to compete for the positions and play wherever we are placed. What I want is to play to get back on track,” stated the London 2012 Olympic champion.
How have you felt in the defense?
“I’ve felt fine and I’ve gradually worked more during the week and I’ve felt very well. After my injury, I had to stop for a while, but now I am 100% better.”
It’s a position you are familiar with…
“Yes, I’ve played in this position with Tuca before, in some matches the circumstances of the game itself have meant playing as a defender. I’m familiar and also comfortable with this position.”
What’s been lacking at the start of the Tournament?
“I think we started well, you might say we were getting settled in somewhat, but we’ve always worked very hard, very intensely every single week, and there are a few details we need to correct, but we’re working on that to ensure we’re on top form this weekend.
“We’re all involved in the defeats and the victories, at every level, everyone has to have the same attitude, from the defenders to the forwards, we all need to put the pressure on.”
Does this negative streak have anything to do with the change in formation or does the team miss Guido Pizarro?
“I don’t think it has anything to do with formations or because Pizarro has left. We have to work hard, as well as possible. In this case, I think we, the players, are at fault. We need a better attitude and playing position, and we also need to be more decisive and stop the other team from scoring goals.
“We should focus on earning three points; we need to start winning right now, earn as many points as possible so that we won’t be struggling in the last fixture or be in a rush to win. We need to start well right from the beginning and earn as many points as possible.”

We need to react right now.- Ferretti

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 14.- Manager Ricardo Ferretti clearly stated that they can’t give away any more advantages in this start to the Apertura 2017 tournament, and need to do something about it.
Ferretti said that this is what’s worrying him most right now and asked himself why they were giving away so many advantages at the start of the tournament.
“This is what worries me most, why are we giving so much of an advantage. Do we need a knife stuck in us to react? So, this is the topic we need to discuss, to address so that we don’t leave it until the end. Last season, with just six fixtures to go, we were out, so we need to react right now and not when there are just a few matches to go.  The points we’re missing out on could cost us our qualification to the playoffs, so we need to do something about it to get back on track.”
Tuca reiterated a point he mentioned on Saturday after the match, when he explained that he goes to sleep and wakes up worrying about the Team.
“I wake up worrying, I spend all day worrying, I go to bed worrying, I sleep worrying. I’ll use fancy words and say I don’t worry, I get on with things, which would be the fancy way of saying it and that’s not what I do. A coach is always worried about improving, always, and all human beings are always worried about improving.”

Keep a cool head…
“We’re going to keep a cool head, not overreact. Things aren’t turning out as we’d hoped, but there’s no need to exaggerate.
“We need to do more. We have a squad, a good squad, and there are certain matters we need to put into practice throughout the ninety-something minutes the match lasts, and not just on and off.”

Is another player expected to arrive this Tournament?
“No, there’s no possibility of anybody else coming at all. If anyone were to come, they’d have to adapt as fast as possible. Nowadays, football is played all over the world and I’d say things are about 80% similar in any country.
“We would need to provide support if anyone comes and, if they do, it would be as a starter.”

Have you got what you deserve, or has football been unfair?
“Of course we have the points we deserve. The points we would like to have is another matter. But, we’ve got what we achieved, what we did on the pitch and we deserve to have as much as we gave on the pitch. It’s that simple.
“Football is often very unfair, but I think that because of what’s happened, we are where we deserve to be.”

Are you confident the team can improve?
“I’m confident not only in my individual players’ capacity, because at this juncture I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Perhaps there is some doubt about whether this individual capacity of so many good, willing players is what we are really interested in. We want a team that collectively puts all this quality at the disposal of the team.”

Will you be changing from a line of three to a line of four to improve?
“You always want to improve. If the formation were what’s important (in a team), then what would be the point in paying to hire a player.
“Which system, it doesn’t matter which system, what matters is the players’ adaptation to be able to perform within this system and I believe I do have the possibility with my players who do have the capacity for this adaptation.
“If you watch, any system in a match changes. If you send on a line of four, your right wing moves up, so what are you left with? Three. For me, the players come first and then the system.”

What’s your opinion of what’s happening to Rafael Márquez?
“I have the fortune of having known Rafa since he was a young player at Atlas. I remember very well that we were at Chivas and I said to, God rest his soul, Martínez Garza, hey, there’s a lad there at Atlas, let’s see if they sell him, and the very next week he was in the First Division, not quite so categorically as Ricardo Lavolpe was also there and he has always given reserve players opportunities.
“I don’t think we should judge anybody. I think Rafa is fully aware of the situation and I think his conscience must be clear because he is a great human being, a great son, a great father, a great husband, and I’m pleased to know I can count on him, talk to him. I’m sure this situation will soon be resolved and he will come out of it as the person he is – a virtuous person, an upright person and he’ll get through this and be fine.”

Tigres Suffers a Defeat at Pachuca

PACHUCA, Hidalgo, August 12.- The UANL Tigres left the Hidalgo Stadium pointless after suffering a 2-1 defeat tonight against the Pachuca Tuzos, remaining on five points in the Apertura 2017.
Although they played some fine football at times and displayed a certain level of control over the opponent, they were unable to find the points, despite having equalized 1-1 with a penalty taken by André-Pierre Gignac.

FIRST HALF
Both sides started the match somewhat cautiously, although the hosts had the first opportunity inside the box at minute 6, but the attempt ended up in a goal kick.
In just their second attacking play, Pachuca opened the scoring when Urretaviscaya, in a one-two with Sagal, came face-to-face with Nahuel Guzmán to score as the Argentine came off his line.
The goal should have given the Tuzos greater confidence and control of the game, but our team began to gain possession and greater ball circulation, even attempting mid- and long-range shots.
At 14’, Lucas Zelarayan’s attempt from outside the box went over Conejo Pérez’s goal, and then, at minute 24, a confident Jesús Dueñas looked as though he would surely score off a long-distance shot, but Conejo’s save conceded a corner.
Tigres was pressing forward to the Tuzos’ goal and, at 25’, as he was about to head a ball in the air, Eduardo Vargas was brought down inside the box to earn a penalty kick for his side.
André-Pierre Gignac asked for the ball and brought the score to 1-1: his 60th goal in Mexican football, which also made him the fourth best scorer in the history of the UANL Tigres, surpassing Jerónimo Barbadillo.
At 31’, the Frenchman once more made his way through to penetrate the box, although the ball ended up in the hands of the Tuzos’ netkeeper.
Tuzos closed the first half with an attempt on a one-two play. First, Urretaviscaya’s shot flew over Nahuel at 42’, and, at 45’, the Uruguayan Tuzo sent the ball wide of the right-hand post.

SECOND HALF
Pachuca put the pressure on at the start of the second half, and, at 46’, Juninho cleared the ball in the box on seeing that Nahuel had been defeated, but minute 47 saw the felines’ reaction when Gignac’s shot went just wide of the left post.
Later, at 49’, Javier Aquino had a chance inside the box, but Oscar Pérez managed a save at point blank range.
Then, at minute 51, Erick Gutiérrez’s attempt went over Nahuel’s crossbar.
Tuca made his first substitution at minute 62, replacing Sosa with Damm, and within a minute, the Mexican National player crossed to Gignac, whose shot skimmed past the right post.
Tuca then sought to refresh Tigres’ attack sending Enner Valencia on to substitute the Chilean Eduardo Vargas, at minute 73.
The Ecuadorian footballer had only been on the pitch for 50 seconds when he attempted a mid-range shot that went wide of the right post.
But Tuzos surprised our team’s defense with a deep ball that targeted Erick Gutiérrez, who entered the box unmarked and defeated Nahuel to make it 2-1 at 79’, making things difficult for Tigres.
At 89’, Gignac almost equalized, but his header went over the goal, just centimeters above the crossbar.
In the very last play, in injury time, Nahuel Guzmán attacked off a corner, but the opportunity was wasted with a cross that was completely off target.

LINEUPS
PACHUCA: Oscar Pérez; Víctor Guzmán, Raúl López, Angelo Sagal (Roberto de la Rosa 78’), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Emmanuel García, Erick Aguirre (Edson Puch 66’), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Oscar Murillo and Robert Herrera.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Alberto Acosta, Jesús Dueñas, Lucas Zelarayán (Damián Torres 85’), Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 62’), Eduardo Vargas (Enner Valencia 73’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS
1-0        (10’) Sagal, in a one-two with Urretaviscaya, came face to face with Nahuel Guzmán to score.
1-1        (26’) Penalty after a foul on Eduardo Vargas, converted by André-Pierre Gignac.
2-1       (79’) Erick Gutiérrez receives in the box and crosses past Nahuel to score.

YELLOW CARDS
PACHUCA: Angelo Sagal (60’) and Raúl López (61’).
TIGRES:  Alberto Acosta (40’) and Nahuel Guzmán (60’)

RED CARDS
None

REFEREE: José Alfredo Peñaloza
No. 1:  Mario López Carrillo
No. 2: José Martínez Chavarría
Fourth official: León Barajas Anzures

A first win for the ladies: 2-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 5.-Tigres Women raise their hands in the Liga MX and celebrate their first win after beating Guadalajara Chivas 2-0, in a match that will go down in the history of the Universitario Stadium.

What happened last night, after the Tigres vs Querétaro match, was historical, since not only was it the first Tigres Women’s to be played at the Universitario, but they also did so in front of 8 thousand fans who chose to stay on for another two hours to watch them play, in addition to the supporters who arrived just to see the feline women’s squad.

At minute three, Blanca Solís became the first female player to score a goal for Tigres in the professional Women’s League, opening the scoring after taking advantage of a poor save by Chivas’ goalkeeper.

Four minutes later, Karen Luna had an opportunity for the hosts with a shot from outside the box that went wide of the left post.

Later, at 12’, Carolina Jaramillo scored the second, with a left-footed shot that found the upper left corner of the net. The Incomparable Ones went wild in the stands where the cry of “Ehhhhh Tigres” could be heard every time the opponent’s goalkeeper cleared the ball.

At 15’, Nayeli Rangel’s header came close to the goal, then again at 36’, and later, at 41’, Nancy Antonio smashed the ball into the left post, reflecting Tigres’ clear dominance over Guadalajara.

It was Sully Mercado’s turn at 43’ with a shot that went wide of the left post and then another at 45’ which was saved by goalkeeper Rebaño.

Our side started the second half somewhat more cautiously, with the idea of mainlining ball possession, leaving fast-paced counterattacks as their best option to score the third.

Tigres netkeeper, Ana Gaby Paz, bravely saved her team with a spectacular save despite receiving a hard knock.

Chivas was beginning to disturb Tigres Women’s goalkeeper, since Viramontes’ attempt at 51’ skimmed past the right post, and, afterwards, at 62’, María Sánchez smashed a ball into the crossbar.

Just when Chivas was lessening their pace, Norma Duarte appeared with a shot from outside the box, forcing Paz to concede a corner, though she did so with a magnificent leap into the air.

But Sully Mercado wasn’t ready to give up and almost scored the third after at 75’, crashing the ball onto the crossbar following a set-piece situation.

At 80’, Nayeli Rangel nearly had the third, with a header toward the far post, but the Rebaño’s goalkeeper made a fine save at point-blank range.  In the end, Tigres Women not only achieved their first victory in the Women’s Liga MX, but also made history in the Universitario Stadium, earning the admiration of thousands of incomparable fans.

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: Ana Gaby Paz; Akemi Yokoyama (Julissa Dávila 82’), Jazmín Enrigue, Nancy Antonio, Liliana Mercado, Carolina Jaramillo (Selene Cortez 60’), Nayeli Rangel, Karen Luna, Jackeline Ovalle, Natalia Villarreal and Blanca Solís (Evelyn González 77’).

GUADALAJARA WOMEN: Karen Gómez (Ana Ruvalcaba 10’); Guadalupe Sánchez, Arlet Tovar, Susan Bejarano, Victoria Acevedo, Brenda Viramontes, Tania Morales (Zellyka Arce 63’), Norma Duarte, Daniela Pulido, María Sánchez and Valeria Meza (Anette Vázquez 46’).

A 1-1 draw against Gallos

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 5.- The UANL Tigres drew 1-1 this evening against the Gallos Blancos del Querétaro, to remain undefeated in the Apertura 2017 Tournament.

This was the second consecutive tie for our team, to reach 5 points in the Liga Mx, in a match where they had possession and initiative, but not the decisiveness to get past Querétaro.

FIRST HALF

Our team began the match began with an intensity that gradually dissipated, switching to short passes and the clear idea of not losing the ball so easily.

At 3’, Jürgen Damm’s header missed Querétaro’s goal, but from then on breakaways would become difficult, especially considering the defensive wall put up by the visiting side.

Querétaro scored in a counterattack, thanks to Luis Noriega, showing up Tigres’ defense.

The disadvantage in the score began to have a negative effect on the effort made by Ricardo Ferretti’s men, who weren’t having such a good evening in the Universitario Stadium, where the cry of “Ehhhhh Tigres” could be heard throughout the game every time the opponent’s goalie cleared the ball.

At 11’, a one-two between André-Pierre Gignac and Javier Aquino left the Oaxacan face to face with the netkeeper, but Thiago Volpi saved the shot, putting a stop to the equalizer.

Aquino insisted once more at minute 24, but the goalkeeper got in the way to block his attempt. Tigres was beginning to look for and find possession, though remained ineffective in front of the rival’s goal.

Later, at 27’, off a set-piece situation, Juninho had his eye on the upper left-hand corner, but his shot was off target.

The keynote from then on was Tigres’ persistent attacks, leaving Querétaro to strike back, which could have worked to their advantage at 33’, when Nahuel Guzmán heroically blocked Arellano’s attempt.

Three minutes later, Eduardo Vargas responded for our team, with a shot that skimmed past the right post.

A minute before halftime, a cry of anguish turned into a sigh of relief when an unmarked Noriega came face-to-face with Nahuel, but his shot from the center of the box went high.

SECOND HALF

Tigres started the second half with greater determination and persistence in front of the opponent’s goal and with an adjustment by Tuca who replaced Damm with Luis Rodríguez as a right back.

At 48’, Vargas’ just missed the post off a cross by Aquino, who was beginning to look more dangerous on that side.

Lucas Zelarayán insisted at 54’, when he set up a shot that was blocked by the defense.

It was Sosa’s turn just a minute later, when his left-footed shot barely skimmed over the crossbar. Our team persisted over and over again, until their efforts were rewarded.

At 58’, Zelarayan controlled a ball in the zone, finding Vargas, whose shot was deflected by the netkeeper and el Chino took advantage of the rebound to score.  Tigres finally had their much sought after 1-1.

Then, at 63’, Sosa could have scored the second for his side, when he cutback in the box to face the goalie, but missed his opportunity with a shot that went wide of the left post.

Ultimately, Tigres gave their all on the pitch, though it wasn’t enough for a victory, which will be their goal when they visit Tuzos in Pachuca next Saturday.

LINEUPS

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jesús Dueñas, Lucas Zelarayán (Damián Torres 87’), Jürgen Damm (Luis Rodríguez 46’), Javier Aquino, Eduardo Vargas, Ismael Sosa and André-Pierre Gignac.

QUERÉTARO: Thiago Volpi; Miguel Martínez, Aldo Arellano (Brian Martínez 82’), Everaldo Stum (Camilo Da Silva 72’), Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Noriega, Paolo Yrizar (Alexis Pérez 69’), Yerson Candelo, Marco Jiménez, Hiram Mier and Jaime Gómez.

GOALS

0-1   (9’) Luis Noriega surprises be getting away from his mark and scoring.

1-1   (58’) Lucas Zelarayán controls in the box, plays in Eduardo Vargas, whose shot is deflected by the goalkeeper and Chino scores off the rebound.

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: None

QUERÉTARO: Marco Jiménez (45’), Everaldo Stum (57’), Luis Noriega (83’) and Alexis Pérez (92’).

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE: Francisco Chacón Gutiérrez

No. 1: Alejandro Ayala Valderrama

No. 2: Jorge Isaac Rojas

Fourth official: Diego Montaño Robles

Reserves play to give Tigres a draw: 1-1

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, July 22.- The UANL Tigres reserves played tonight and, although they didn’t achieve victory, the did manage a draw, finishing 1-1 against Cruz Azul, in the start of the Copa MX.
For this match, manager Ricardo Ferretti used just two members of the first team, Francisco Meza and Jorge Torres Nilo, as well as Ismael Sosa, who was back from an injury, five reserves on the pitch and seven on the bench.
Nevertheless, even though the team didn’t control ball possession, they knew how to resist a rival who arrived with its whole artillery.

FIRST HALF
The match started more or less as expected in the first few minutes: Cruz Azul with the intention of attacking, strangling the opponent’s breakthroughs, and Tigres seeking to settle in on the pitch.
Seven minutes in, the visitors had their first option when Víctor Zúñiga sent a mid-range shot, controlled by Enrique Palos with two saves, scaring the 37 thousand fans in the stands of an almost jam-packed Universitario Stadium.
At minute 11, following a set-piece situation, our team came knocking on Cruz Azúl’s door, when Alberto Acosta’s shot, in a counterattack, sought the left post, but the goalkeeper’s save sent the ball out for a corner.
Sosa, at minute 17, passed at a distance to Julio Ibarra, but the reserve was too far away and missed the opportunity.
The visitors were gaining ball possession, forcing Tigres to play with long balls, something they are not used to.
Even so, a long ball that targeted Sosa drew cries from the Incomparable Ones (Tigres’ fans), that died out on seeing the Argentinian losing the race to the light-blues’ netkeeper.

SECOND HALF
Our team started the second half with more initiative, but the Máquina (the Machine, as Cruz Azul is known) maintained its pace, especially when it came to ball recovery.
At minute 46, Sosa controlled a ball from the right, checked out the scenario and sent a precise cross toward Miguel Quintanilla’s head. However, the defense got in the way, cutting of Tigres’ advance.
Later, at 58’, Alberto Acosta broke away along the left in a one-on-one, but was disarmed by the defense in the box, for another missed opportunity.
Tuca then decided to make his first substitutions, taking Quintanilla and Ibarra off, to replace them with Jhory Celaya and Rafael Durán, all four members of Tigres’ reserves.
At 63’, Chaco Giménez attempted a shot from a set piece, but the ball smashed into the wall, conceding a corner.
Tigres had another opportunity at minute 66, when Jhory Celaya received an accurate cross from Damián Torres, but the reserve’s shot went wide of the light-blues’ right post.
Enrique Palos was Tigres’ savior at minute 73, when Víctor Zúñiga broke away from three against two, entered the box and managed a powerful shot that the goalkeeper, also a reserve, deflected, for the defense to stifle any danger.
Later, at 75’, Rafael Durán received up front, crossed to Sosa, who was coming at full speed up the center to shoot as soon as he was inside the box, defeating the light-blues’ goalkeeper. The 1-0 advantage stirred up the Universitario Stadium.
Luis Rodríguez, who played in the Gold Cup with the National Team, could have scored the second when he got past his mark and entered the box, but a bad decision led to a save by the goalkeeper.
Cruz Azul, who kept pressing forward, equalized at 80’, when a directionless ball was found by Felipe Mora whose shot got past Palos.

LINEUPS
TIGRES: Enrique Palos; Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Luis Rodríguez, Damián Torres, Francisco Torres (Fernando Mayor 87’), Julio Ibarra (Jhory Celaya 61’), Alberto Acosta, Ismael Sosa and Miguel Quintanilla (Rafael Durán 61’).
CRUZ AZUL: Guillermo Allison; Julio Domínguez, Gabriel Peñalba (Francisco Silva 65’), Felipe Mora, Christian Giménez (Ángel Mena 87’), Gerardo flores, Adrián Aldrete, Edgar Méndez, Rafael Baca, Víctor Zúñiga (Santiago Giménez 87’) and Jordan Silva.

GOALS
1-0        (75’) Rafael Durán receives in the top quarter of the pitch, controls the ball and crosses to Ismael Sosa, who, at full speed up the center, shoots and scores.
1-1        (80’) Felipe Mora finds a ball in the box, defeating Palos with a half bicycle kick to score.

YELLOW CARDS
TIGRES: Jorge Torres Nilo (38’)
CRUZ AZUL: None

RED CARDS
None

REFEREE: Roberto Ríos Jacome
No. 1: Jimmy Acosta Montesino
No. 2: Israel Valenciano Torres
Fourth official: Diego Montaño Robles

Bittersweet.- Zelarayan

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, July 31.-Not having been able to maintain the advantage in Sunday’s match was bittersweet for the Tigres squad, affirmed Lucas Zelarayán, although he also applauded the point earned on a difficult pitch like Santos’.

When asked about how he felt after a match in which the team was winning and then was unable to show the same footballing skills as in the first fixture, the midfielder assured that they need to work hard to continue to improve.

“Well, it wasn’t the result we were hoping for or the match we expected. We’d envisaged a completely different game, but things didn’t turn out so well. Most importantly, it’s a point earned on a difficult pitch, leaving a bittersweet taste because we could have won. However, I also believe that after the red card, we could have lost. We aren’t happy about it, but it’s bittersweet because it was such a difficult match.”
Do you think the problem or difficulties lie in the lower part of the team?
“We work on every area, and, personally, I don’t feel there’s much difficulty in that part. Something “Tuca” instills into us is not to lose easy balls, to try to be more careful with the ball because the other team could find us in a bad position.
“And these are things we’re going to try to correct, try to take more care of the ball, half the pitch up and marking attacks is something we’ve worked on hard, which, in the first match, turned out well and yesterday not so well. We need to be more consistent in that sense.”
What would you like to say about the criticisms being heard right now?
“The other day at Puebla the match was perfect and we seemed to be the best, we were apparently the team to fear. That’s what was being said. Then yesterday’s match wasn’t so perfect and doubts set in. Some matches everything is fine and others not so much, so when it’s a bad game, you have to try and turn things around quickly and carry on working.”

What about the start of the Copa MX, against Cruz Azul?

“That’s how football is, all the matches are a rematch. Wednesday is a good gauge against a great team that’s playing very well and the Copa has to be taken with the seriousness it deserves, just like every tournament, every match we play, and let’s hope we can perform well, as I just said, correct the errors we’ve made and try to get back on the same track as in the first match, which is what we were looking for in the preseason and what we’ll continue to look for match after match.”

A draw for Tigres in Torreón: 1-1

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, July 30.-One man down in the last 18 minutes, the UANLTigres came away with a one-goal draw from Santos’ Territory, tying with their hosts and remaining undefeated in the Apertura 2017.
The Champion of Champions 2016 and 2017 went ahead with a goal by Eduardo Vargas, in a fantastic collective play, but were unable to hold on to their lead and even ended up losing Enner Valencia for the next fixture, after being sent off.

FIRST HALF
The local side, who needed points and its fans support, planned on attacking from the very first minute, hoping to surprise the best defense in the last three tournaments.
Nevertheless, it was our Tigres who had the first opportunity, following a set-piece situation where Jürgen Damm headed a ball sought by Enner Valencia, who was unable to arrive on time, missing this attempt.
In the next play, Santos’ counterattack was cut short by Jesús Dueñas when Osvaldo Martínez looked ready to shoot at Nahuel Guzmán.
At 7’, Diego de Buen confidently attempted a shot that ended up in in Nahuel’s hands.
Later, the 13-minute mark saw a goal by Tigres, in a play practiced during the week, when André-Pierre Gignac passed to Damm on the right, who penetrated the box unmarked, cut back to Eduardo Vargas, who, fighting off a defender, sent the ball past Jonathan Orozco’s left side to score.
With the score in their favor, Ricardo Ferretti’s began to have more ball possession, circulating the ball.
However, Santos began to put the pressure on. At 20’, Osvaldo Martínez’s shot found Nahuel’s hands, a minute later Jorge Torres Nilo saved his side on the goal line, conceding a corner, and at 23’ Martínez was back with a shot that went wide of the left post.
Tigres was losing their ball possession somewhat and Santos took advantage of this with a shot at 28’ by Jorge Tavares that just skimmed past the left post, almost bringing the home fans to cry goal.

SECOND HALF
In the second half, Tigres came on with the idea of possessing the ball more, against a team that was beginning to move forward in their endeavor to equalize.
André-Pierre Gignac broke away down the left with a long-range ball, controlled t and entered the box, but was defeated by the defense, at minute 49. Aquino repeated this play at 52’ and later on Enner Valencia had an opportunity was a ball that had been left adrift.
Just as Tigres’ control was improving, Furch broke away, got past Juninho and then defeated Nahuel Guzmán with a shot close to the left post.
With the score at 1-1, the game became more intense, with both sides seeking the winning goal.
Santos, at minute 65, attempted a shot through Furch in the box that flew over Nahuel Guzmán’s crossbar. The local side was beginning to look more dangerous for our team.
Tuca then began with his substitutions, taking Damm off and sending Hugo Ayala on, moving Meza more as a right back and leaving the international player in the center next to Juninho.
The evening darkened for our team at minute 77 when Enner Valencia was sent off after being shown a second yellow card, leaving the local side with a numerical advantage.
The Ecuadorian’s red card encouraged Santos to attack more, and almost scored at minute 79 when goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán saved Furch’s shot with one hand, conceding a corner.
Tuca made his second substitution, replacing Gignac with the National Team’s Luis Rodríguez.
This helped to control Santos who were attacking from all sides. In fact, at minute 95, Brian Lozano’s shot, following a set-piece, was sent over the net by Nahuel to concede a corner.
Ultimately, one point is positive for our team, even though it means they have lost the top spot for now in the Apertura 2017.

LINEUPS
SANTOS: Jonathan Orozco; Jorge Sánchez, Diego de Buen (Jonathan Rodríguez 81’), Gael Sandoval (Brian Lozano 60’), Julio Furch, Osvaldo Martínez, Néstor Araujo, Ulises Rivas, Gerardo Arteaga, Djaniny Tavares and Jorge Enriquez.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jesús Dueñas, Juninho, Francisco Meza, Jorge Torres, Lucas Zelarayan, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm (Hugo Ayala 68’), Eduardo Vargas, Enner Valencia and André-Pierre Gignac (Luis Rodríguez 81’).

GOALS
0-1       (13’) André-Pierre Gignac passed to Damm on the right, who penetrated the box unmarked, cut back to Eduardo Vargas, who controls the ball, fights off a defender, and scores.
1-1       (59’) Julio Furch escapa con marca de Juninho, lo supera y saca tiro raso pegado al poste izquierdo para marcar.

AMONESTADOS
SANTOS: Osvaldo Martínez (33’) y Jorge Sánchez (85’)
TIGRES:  Francisco Meza (30’), Enner Valencia (45+2’), André Gignac (51’), Javier Aquino (87’), Juninho (87’) y Jesús Dueñas (94’)

EXPULSADOS
SANTOS: DT José Manuel de la Torre (34’)
TIGRES: Enner Valencia (77’)

ARBITRO: Roberto García Orozco
No. 1: Jose Luis Camargo
No. 2: Alberto Morín Méndez
Cuarto árbitro: Adonai Escobedo González

A draw for Tigres Women in their debut in the Liga MX Women’s League

Querétaro ! July 29, 2017.- Tigres Women debuted this morning in the Liga MX Women’s League in an intense, though goalless match, to share points with their opponent Querétaro Women.
The pitch at the High-Performance Gallo Center (CEGAR) also welcomed hundreds of fans who witnessed the historical launch of the Women’s League in Mexico.
Tigres Women set out with a starting eleven focused on victory and a rival putting up a defense against the attacks of the team directed this time by Miguel Razo. The Querétaro goalkeeper, Fabiola Franco, saved her side on numerous occasions.
Nayeli Rangel smashed the ball into the crossbar several times, while attempts by Jackie Ovalle, Jazmín Enrigue, Belén Cruz, Fabiola Ibarra also failed to damage the opponent’s net at CEGAR where a large group of the Incomparable Ones had traveled to show their support.
Tigres Women has earned one point in the first fixture and will be getting ready during the week to face their next opponent, Chivas Women, at home.

“A good start, but there’s room for improvement”.- Zelarayán

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, July 24.- Lucas Zelarayán clearly stated that it will always be pleasing to start the season, but there is still a lot of room for improvement if they want to aspire to the top level the team is capable of.
“We’re all happy with the match result, whenever the season starts, we all hope for something like this, but, of course, there are always details that need correcting and I think that’s what we’ll be doing day by day, match by match. Let’s hope we can reach our maximum form both offensively and defensively as soon as possible to beat the top fighting for the tournament.”
Is Tigres the team to beat this Tournament?
“I don’t think so. The press and the media always put us on high, forcing us, so to say, to fight for the tournament, so we always try to put all that to one side and think about the team, about working as hard as possible every day, correcting any details and trying to improve to be a competitive team that always fights to be among the best.”

What can you say about Enner and his amazing debut?
“Enner has already done well in the Mexican League, we’re all aware of his qualities, he’s a fine footballer. I’m very happy for him and how he started the tournament with his very first match. We’ll always support him and any other teammate who comes here. Let’s hope this will be good for him, for his confidence and his scoring streak continues.”

Has it helped you having three forwards ahead of you in this new formation?
“The truth is that our attack is amazing, great players. I think the team is testing a new system and each of us has to try to adapt to the position we are given, and do our best. I think we played very well on Saturday, scored quickly and that gave us the confidence to manage the game.”

But that increases the competition…
“We are fully aware of the enormous internal competition, with such great players and only 11 can go on. So, we all know that when you come to a club like Tigres, you need to adapt as fast as possible and welcome each newcomer. When it comes to the match, it doesn’t matter who scores, but rather keeping the team united. Whoever plays does his best for his teammates and those who don’t play give their support from wherever they are and are always ready for an opportunity. I think the group understands this and we’re on the right track, always united and with the same objectives, placing Tigres above any other name.”

How difficult is it to manage a group of players like Tigres?
“Quite honestly it can be difficult at times and easy at others. With all the players who have come to Tigres and the squad that has been formed, there’s never been any conflict, no one seems to be uneasy. Unity in a team leads to great thinks and hopefully we can keep it like that and end up celebrating in December.”

Tigres thrash Puebla 5-0 with a hattrick by Valencia

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, July 22.- With three goals from newcomer Enner Valencia, the UANL Tigres got off to a fantastic start in the Apertura 2017 Tournament, not only beating, but also thrashing Puebla 5-0.
The Ecuadorian couldn’t have had a better debut in his yellow shirt, almost scoring his fourth goal before being substituted.
FIRST HALF
The first few minutes of the match were very close, with Tigres attempting to break out of their zone and Puebla with the idea of maintaining possession as much as possible, as a means to stay out of danger.
At the two-minute mark, opportunity came knocking for Félix Micolta, but an alert Nahuel Guzmán sent the ball out for a corner.
From that moment on, our team took the initiative and found the most options. At 7’, André-Pierre Gignac’s shot went just wide of goalkeeper Villaseñor’s left post; at 11’, Jürgen Damm had an opportunity that just escaped him.
Tigres was leading in their recovery and overlap running, which was rewarded at minute 15 when Eduardo Vargas, despite a foul, passed to Lucas Zelarayan, who controlled the ball and scored with a shot to the top right corner.
With the score in their favor, Ricardo Ferretti’s men began to play a more confident, precise football.
At 23’, reinforcement Enner Valencia appeared in a one-two play with Vargas, leaving the Ecuadorian footballer in the box to send a low cross and bring the score to 2-0. The Universitario Stadium was bursting with joy.
Around minute 28, off a corner, the ball was left in the air, Juninho’s shrewd header made it 3-0, taking the stress out of Tigres’ evening.

SECOND HALF
In the second half, Tigres came out with even more initiative and drive. At 48’, Eduardo Vargas attempted an individual play, but was disarmed in the zone, to end his chance at a goal.
Two minutes later, Gignac assisted Damm from the right and the Mexican international entered the zone looking for Valencia, who was closing in unmarked, but the defense cut off his advance to steal his goal opportunity.
It was a different matter at minute 55, when Valencia took advantage of a rebound from Villaseñor to drive the ball into the net, making it 4-0 for Tigres.
Just three minutes later, Valencia scored his hattrick off a pass from Gignac on the right, making the Incomparable Ones’ (Tigres’ fans) jubilation complete.
At minute 70, Tuca decided to let Israel Jiménez rest, after playing a good match, allowing the reserve Damián Torres to make his first appearance.
Valencia had a chance for his fourth goal of the evening, at minute 76, when he received a long-range pass, controlled the ball and crossed the ball, skimming just past the left post, to the relief of Villaseñor.
Later, Tuca made his last changes, taking Damm off at 76’ and Valencia at 80’, to send on Alberto Acosta and Damián Álvarez, refreshing the team’s attack somewhat.
Tigres sought to gain ball possession in the last few minutes instead of attacking as if to say that 5-0 was a good start to the Apertura 2017.
Just before the final whistle, Pablo Miguez’s foul on Damián Álvarez was bad enough to earn him a red card, clinching a resounding victory for our team.
Even in injury time, Gignac had a chance off a set piece stopped by the goalkeeper with a spectacular save.

LINEUPS
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Israel Jiménez (Raúl Torres 70’), Juninho, Jorge Torres, Francisco Meza, Lucas Zelarayan, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm (Alberto Acosta 77’), Eduardo Vargas, Enner Valencia (Damián Álvarez 80’) and André-Pierre Gignac.
PUEBLA: Fabián Villaseñor; Brayan Angulo, Luis Venegas, Patricio Araujo (Oscar Rojas 46’), Pablo Miguez, Francisco Acuña, Félix Micolta, David Toledo, Álvaro Navarro (Cristian Esparza 53’), José Guerrero and Leonel Aguirre (Pablo Cáceres 60’).

GOALS
1-0        (15’) The Argentinian, Lucas Zelarayan, assisted by Eduardo Vargas just outside the box, sends the ball into the top left-hand corner.
2-0        (23’) A one-two play between Eduardo Vargas and Enner Valencia leaves the Ecuadorian footballer in the box to send a cross into the back of the net.
3-0        (28’) Following a corner, the ball is left adrift in the air until Juninho scores with a header.
4-0        (55’) Enner Valencia takes advantage of a rebound from the goalkeeper to drive the ball into the net.
5-0        (58’) Off a pass from the right by Gignac, Enner Valencia scores the fifth goal.

YELLOW CARDS
TIGRES:
PUEBLA: Luis Venegas (18’), Patricio Araujo (42’), José Guerrero (44’).

RED CARDS
Pablo Miguez, Puebla (89’)

REFEREE: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán
No. 1: José Santana Martínez

An all-round preseason

RIVIERA MAYA, June 28.- Strength, power, physical fitness, group unity and carrying out each exercise together, is what the UANL Tigres squad is developing in the Apertura 2017 preseason.
On the third day of activities in the Mexican Caribbean, the team has run through all the phases on which it will be working until July 7. Physical exercise on the golf course was the first phase, the next day they went to the gym and today the players trained on the beach.
In the afternoons, manager Ricardo Ferretti takes over to work on definition in the zone and goal shots with the offensive players, and on recovery and overlapping for the group of elements who play from the midfield back.
A key part of the training is conducted by assistant coaches Miguel Mejía Barón and Hugo Hernández, who pour their energy into supervising the physical work, together with Guillermo Orta, and specific on-pitch work.
Both coaches provide significant support for Tuca when determining the starting 11 for each match, and when seeking to improve or reinforce the capacity of each one of the players – offense and defense alike.
In this preseason, each task has been defined to perfection, even for the players, since the four goalkeepers know that in the afternoons, prior to the on-pitch training, they go through a rigorous workout with Abdón Calderón, the goalkeeper coach.
The work was very similar in the preseason a year ago, when the team reached the Final of all the tournaments in which it participated, so the goal is to repeat this feat in the Apertura 2017 and in the Concacaf Champions Cup.

Tuca has all the players for the Preseason

RIVIERA MAYA, June 26.- Manager Ricardo Ferretti has all his players to achieve the same positive results as in the past year, in which the team played in two Liga and one Concacaf finals.
On arriving in the Mexican Caribbean, where the Apertura 2017 Tournament is being held, the coach reminded the 26 players that they made this trip a year ago and were there to work in the same way, which ultimately produced more than positive results.
“We came here a year ago and in the end the results were positive. All the players are here,” commented Ferretti, before the first training session today on the golf course, with physical exercises led by Guillermo Orta.
André-Pierre Gignac and Juninho, the only two players who hadn’t reported to work, are here now. The squad arrived on Sunday and for the 12 days of their stay, they’ll be working double sessions.
A year ago, the team prepared here for the Apertura 2016 and Clausura 2017 Tournaments, as well as the Concacaf, and reached the Final in all three of them, winning the title at Christmas last year.
For this preseason, the team travelled with 12 members of the reserves, since the idea is to observe which players are more advanced in both the Under-20 and Second Division categories, and to support the work of the 14 first-team players, as six are away with their National Sides.
Jair Díaz, Jorge Cruz, Miguel Quintanilla, Alejandro Robles, Juan José Sánchez, Jhory Celaya, Damián Torres, Cruz Leal, Julio Ibarra, David Navarro, Brian Rubio and Rafael Durán are the reserves who hope to convince Tuca that they deserve a spot in the first team.
During the afternoons, the team will be working on the pitch at the team hotel, where the manager will also be present.

I’m in a great group that fights hard to achieve great things.- Guty Estrada

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, June 22.- At a press conference, on just the third day back at training, Iván Estrada made it quite clear that he has a lot more to give, and that he hopes to do so in the Apertura 2017 tournament.
“I feel physically fit; we’re just getting started, getting our rhythm back. But I’m fine in the sense that I have an opportunity to show that I can give even more and I’m at ease in the sense that I’m in a great group that is going to fight hard to achieve great things.”

About the possibility of this being Damián Álvarez’s last tournament…
“Well, he is the one who has to make this decision. He’s a role model for the entire group, an idol for the institution; we all wish him the very best and time will tell. He has taught us so much and we’ll support him in whatever he does, but we’ll also be very sad if he does go.
“He’s like an emblem, the type of player every institution should have, but it’s not a decision we can make. We wish him all the best if he does decide to leave, and let’s hope he’ll be taken into consideration because of this.”

Internal competition
“The internal competition is enormous; each and every one of us would like to play. Right now, there are extremely talented players for our position, such as “Chaka”, a Mexico international who ended the tournament very well and there’s the reward. We all try to do our job the best we can and leave the decision up to our manager.”

Tigres through to the Final!

TIJUANA, May 21.- The UANL Tigres will be competing in their tenth Final in the past three years after defeating the Tijuana Xolos 2-0 in the second leg of the Clausura 2017 Semifinal, building on the first-leg score in the Universitario Stadium for an aggregate of 4-0.

Javier Aquino, off a pass from André-Pierre Gignac, scored at minute 64, when Tigres were one man up on the field after Argentine Guido Rodríguez was sent off. Jürgen Damm scored the second in injury time.

FIRST HALF

The first half was all about strategy, with a team like Tijuana seeking, by whatever means, three passes into the opponent’s box, and Tigres endeavoring to pass the ball without losing possession.

As expected, Tijuana at first had the best goal opportunities, but our side’s defense rose to the challenge, with Guido Pizarro ahead of the central midfielders, playing a pivotal role for clearance and recovery.

At minute 13, Nahuel Guzmán, who has been called up to the Argentine National team, saved Tigres with a backwards dive and then cleared a header from Martín Caraglio with one hand.

Ricardo Ferretti’s men attempted to react at 16’, when Javier Aquino managed to escape down the left flank, entered the area and was pushed over from behind, although the referee considered the play to be clean.

Xolos, at 29’ and 30’, had the best attacking action, when Henry Martín’s shot in the box went over Nahuel’s crossbar, and then it was Henry again who raced past Juninho into the box, but Patón cleared the ball out for a corner.

Towards the end, André-Pierre Gignac received a long pass, forcing his way into the zone, but just as he was ready to shoot, a defense brought him down, though a foul was not called.

SECOND HALF

Tuca’s half-time substitutions for his squad consisted of replacing Zelarayán with Francisco Meza, the same as in the second leg of the Quarter Finals, and Alberto Acosta with the Peruvian, Luis Advincula.

At minute 49, Guido Pizarro broke away from his own half, made his way through, and, just as he reached the outskirts of the box, was brought down by Guido Rodríguez, who received a second yellow card to leave his team one man down.

This expulsion didn’t mean a change in strategy for our side, who continued to wait for the opponent, knowing that they were forced to attack regardless of what might happen on the pitch.

Gignac had an opportunity from a set-piece situation at 52’, but the ball was sent out for a corner, a play that would end with shot by Aquino that went high.

Later, at 55’, Aquino, gaining confidence, had another opportunity, but went over Lajud’s net without causing him much concern.

Xolos kept the pressure on, and, at 59’, had an opportunity from a direct free kick, but Avilés Hurtado sent the ball into the stands.

However, Gignac arrived from the left, backheeled the ball that found Javier Aquino as he entered the box and finished the play off to bring the score to 1-0 at 64’. This goal meant that the hosts would need four to reach the final round.

At 83’, Jesús Dueñas could have made it two, when Sosa broke away unmarked in a counterattack, passed to the homegrown player, but the ball went wide of the right-hand post of an empty net.

Xolos attempted a last-ditch effort during the final minutes, against a side focused on managing the advantage to assure a spot in their tenth Final in three years, including the Champion of Champions and the Super Copa MX.

Even so, in stoppage time, assisted by Gignac, Jürgen Damm made it 2-0, leaving no doubt that Tigres would be seeking the two-times championship.

LINEUPS

TIJUANA: Manuel Lajud; Guido Rodríguez, Joe Corona, Miltón Caraglio, Víctor Malcorra, Henry Martin (Juan Lucero 70’), Damián Pérez (Luis Chávez 58’), Avilés Hurtado (Paul Arriola 71’), Juan Núñez, Hiram Muñoz and Carlos Vargas.

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Alberto Acosta (Luis Advincula 46’), Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez (Júrgen Damm 83’), Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa, Lucas Zelarayan (Francisco Meza 46’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

0-1   (64’) André-Pierre Gignac backheels the ball into the center, where Javier Aquino, entering the box, scores with a mid-height shot.

0-2   (92’) Assisted by André-Pierre Gignac, Jürgen Damm finishes the play and scores.

YELLOW CARDS

TIJUANA: Guido Rodríguez (6’), Damián Pérez (32’) and Joe Corona (85’)

TIGRES: André-Pierre Gignac (41’) and Hugo Ayala (70’)

RED CARDS

TIJUANA: Guido Rodríguez (49’).

TIGRES: None

REFEREE: Jorge Antonio Pérez

Assistant referee No. 1: Alberto Morín Méndez

Assistant referee No. 2: André Hernández Delgado

Fourth official: Erick Yair Miranda

Another brace for Gignac sends Tigres to the Semifinal!

MONTERREY, May 13, 2017.- André-Pierre Gignac scored yet another brace against the Monterrey Rayados in the 112th derby, to send the UANL Tigres into the Clausura 2017 Semifinal with a 6-1 aggregate victory.

The French forward scored a superb goal in the first half and then another to put to bed a match in which Tigres patiently waited for their rival whenever Rayados endeavored to move up front.

Manager Ricardo Ferretti sent on the same 11 as last Wednesday when Tigres hammered Monterrey 4-1, although he soon had to make some modifications given the opponent’s strategy.

FIRST HALF

The first 45 minutes displayed a duel of strategies between the two sides. One with the idea of getting the ball into the zone as soon as possible, and the other with the intention of waiting, recovering and maintaining possession.

At the four-minute mark, Lucas Zelarayán sought a pass in the box, but it was too long and the chance fizzled out.

It was at that moment when a series of long-balls into Guzmán’s area began, seeking either Funes Mori or Dorlan Pabón.

At 6’, the ball found its way to Funes Mori in the box, but the Argentine was slow off the mark, unlike Tigres’ defense, with Hugo Ayala clearing the threat away.

Just three minutes later, Jesús Molina had a go on the right with a shot that Nahuel just needed to lean down to save.

The referee began to get out the cards. Funes Mori was shown a yellow since at minute 21, with his slide tackle on Nahuel’s clearance, he kicked the goalkeeper’s leg, but was just cautioned.

Minute 23 saw Rayados’ closest goal opportunity, when Efraín Juárez headed the ball just wide of Nahuel’s left post.

Tuca saw that the recovery zone needed reinforcing, rather than overlapping, so he took off Zelarayán, who wasn’t enjoying his best afternoon, and replaced him with Francisco Meza, who at times played as the third forward.

And it was precisely Meza’s header, following a corner, that went over the crossbar at minute 30.

A minute later, a powerful shot by Pabón shook Nahuel’s right post, to be cleared by the netkeeper, quashing any chance of a goal.

Luis Rodríguez could have become a hero at minute 41, when he forced his way into the box with the goalkeeper facing him and Gignac by his side, but he chose to play individually and just achieved a corner.

The fierce attack on Javier Aquino gave Tigres, in injury time, a goal opportunity from yet another foul on the Oaxaca native. André-Pierre Gignac’s masterly free kick skimmed past the left post into the net, bringing the score to 1-0 and silencing the stadium in the third stoppage-time minute.

SECOND HALF

The hosts made two halftime substitutions with the idea of looking for the goal that would give them hope of catching up in the aggregate.

As a result, at 47’, Monterrey had a chance through Pabón whose shot flew over Nahuel’s goal, and then, at 50’, Funes Mori attempt from inside the box went wide of the left post.

At 52’, Dueñas, assisted by Gignac, did not hesitate to send a shot from outside the box, but the ball smashed into an opponent.

Tuca then decided on his second substitution, replacing Dueñas with Luis Advincula, with the idea of reinforcing the waning recovery.

Monterrey had greater ball possession, forced by the need for a goal and played from end to end with the idea of putting our team on the spot, but the defense more than fulfilled their task.

Moreover, at minute 68, Meza sent a long ball to Gignac, who made his way on his own into the box to finish superbly, making it 2-0 and sending the Incomparable Ones who had made their way to the La Pastora area of the city into a frenzy.

It was time to retreat, since the rival needed six goals to win, which by now was practically impossible for the home side.

Nahuel Guzmán, at minute 74, flew from post to post to prevent a goal by Pabón, who, from a set-piece situation, looked as though he could narrow the score gap.

Afterwards, at 80’, Nahuel cleared a powerful shot by Marco Bueno, conceding a corner.

The minutes ticked by and our team continued to defend, and even had two opportunities to score a third goal.

With this overwhelming victory, Tigres wins a spot in the semifinals and comes a step closer to the sixth star in their history.
LINEUPS

MONTERREY: Hugo González; César Montes, Iván Piris, José Basanta, Edgar Castillo, Walter Gargano (Yimmi Chará 46’), Jesús Molina, Efraín Juárez (Carlos Sánchez 46’), Edwin Cardona, Dorlan Pabón (Marco Bueno 65’) and Rogelio Funes Mori

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Alberto Acosta, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas (Luis Advincula 60’), Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 73’), Lucas Zelarayan (Francisco Meza 27’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

0-1 (45+3) André-Pierre Gignac sends the ball into the net past the left-hand post from a direct free kick.

0-2 (68’) Francisco Meza sends a long-range pass to Gignac, who breaks away on his own into the box to score.

YELLOW CARDS

MONTERREY: Rogelio Funes Mori (20’), Walter Gargano (45’), Iván Piris (45+2), Dorlan Pabón (64’), José Basanta (75’) and Jesús Molina (89’).

TIGRES: Jesús Dueñas (20’) and Luis Rodríguez (32’).

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE: Fernando Hernández Gómez

Assistant referee No. 1: Andrés Hernández Delgado

Assistant referee No. 2: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas

Fourth official: Adonai Escobedo González

A Hat-trick by Gignac earns Tigres a spot in the Playoffs: 5-1!

QUERÉTARO, May 6, 2017.- André-Pierre Gignac appeared at the right moment to guide the UANL Tigres into the Playoffs, scoring three goals in a 5-1 victory over the Gallos Blancos from Querétaro.

This victory, completed by Luis Rodríguez and Ismael Sosa, both with superb goals, gives our team a spot in the Fiesta Grande (Playoffs), though their Quarter Final opponent is yet to be defined.

FIRST HALF

Tigres attacked from very early on, fully aware of what was at stake, and, just one minute into the match, the defense cleared a cross by Lucas Zelarayán from the box, where Ismael Sosa and André-Pierre Gignac were getting ready to give their all.

Soon after, at minute seven, Gignac managed to recover a ball that had gone adrift, but his light shot went just centimeters wide of the Gallos’ left post.

But the best was yet to come for our team, when, at 9’, Javier Aquino, who was beginning to pose a threat on the left flank, made his way into the box, sent a cross that was deflected by the defense, but landed at Gignac’s feet and he tapped the ball in to bring the score to 1-0.

Querétaro was trying to react, moving out of their own zone, but Tigres was well positioned and had the edge over them in recovery.

At that moment, Hugo Ayala, coming up on his own from the back, opened to Luis Rodríguez on the right, and the native of Monterrey checked out the panorama, advanced a few meters, and sent a mid-range shot into the upper-left-hand corner of the net, bringing the score to 2-0 with an outstanding goal.

With this advantage, our side devoted themselves to generating plays from the back, prioritizing possession and then overlapping, seeking long-range balls to Aquino on the left and Sosa on the right.

However, it was Zelarayán who perturbed the opponent’s goal once more, when he broke away from two defenders to send a shot that went over the crossbar at minute 28.

Querétaro’s attempt from a set-piece situation unsettled the Tigres nation, when Camilo Sanvezzo’s header, following a corner, went wide of the left post at minute 38.

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Tigres came out with the idea of maintaining the same pace and style, that is to say ball possession and not being in a hurry to move up front, playing like clockwork.

But the hosts had another idea, since, at 47’, Sanvezzo took advantage of a cross the defense neglected and scored the Gallos’ goal. It was 2-1, encouraging Querétaro to equalize in the La Corregidora Stadium.

Aquino soon cleared a dangerous looking ball from the zone, and in the counterattack Gignac came in from the left and sent a cross that the defense sent over the line to avoid the third goal.

Our team pressed forward and, at 55’, Gignac’s shot to the corner of the net was saved by the goalkeeper, then found Sosa, who broke away from an opponent and crossed for the 3-1, bringing calm once more to Tigres’ players and supporters alike.

Just three minutes afterwards, Juninho recovered a ball played out from defense by the Gallos, passed to Gignac, who came into the box and crossed for the fourth. The road to the Playoffs was looking clearer and clearer.

At minute 64, Neri Cardozo was sent off after being shown his second yellow card, making the horizon even brighter for Tigres to stay on the path to victory.

Tuca then decided to make the first substitution, taking Aquino off, so he would be rested for the Playoffs, and sending Damián Álvarez on. He soon did the same with Sosa, replacing him with Jürgen Damm.

Dueñas soon came off, at minute 76, to be substituted by Luis Quiñones, who had just recovered from a long injury.

A minute later, Damm appeared on the left, stole the ball and broke into the zone to cross to Gignac, who, not being one to waste an opportunity, finished to bring the afternoon’s score to 5-1.

The last few minutes allowed Tigres to slow down the pace, thinking of next week’s Playoff match.

LINEUPS

QUERÉTARO: Tiago Volpi; Luis Esqueda, Hiram Mier, Miguel Martínez, Neri Cardozo, Aldo Arellano, Luis M. Noriega (Marco Jiménez 46’), Jaime Gómez, Ángel Sepúlveda (Emanuel Villa 57’), Edgar Benitez (Gerardo Lugo 70’) and Camilo Sanvezzo.

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Alberto Acosta, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas (Luis Quiñones 76’), Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 67’), Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 73’), Lucas Zelarayan and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

0-1 (9’) Javier Aquino crosses from the left, the defense deflects, but the ball lands at André-Pierre Gignac’s feet and he taps the ball in.

0-2 (13’) Luis Rodríguez makes his way through and shoots into the upper left-hand corner.

1-2 (47’) Camilo Sanvezzo scores off a cross from inside the box.

1-3 (55’) André-Pierre Gignac’s shot is saved by the goalkeeper, finds Ismael Sosa, who overcomes a defender and crosses to score.

1-4 (58’) Juninho recovers a ball, send a long pass to André-Pierre Gignac, who enters the area and crosses to score the fourth.

1-5 (77’) Jürgen Damm steals from the left, crosses and André-Pierre Gignac finishes to score.

YELLOW CARDS

QUERÉTARO: Camilo Sanvezzo (43’), Neri Cardozo (53’)

TIGRES:

RED CARDS

QUERÉTARO: Neri Cardozo (64’)

TIGRES:

REFEREE: Erick Yair Miranda

Assistant referee No. 1: Salvador Rodríguez

Assistant referee No. 2: Jimmy Acosta

Fourth official: Diego Montaño

Tigres seeking Playoff spot against Querétaro

QUERÉTARO | Saturday, May 6, 2017.- Tigres has everything at stake this Saturday in Querétaro. A win would place them directly in the Playoffs, and offer the opportunity to reach sixth position on the General Table as well as the Fiesta Grande (the Playoffs) for the sixth consecutive occasion.

Right now, the felines are ranked eighth, inside the qualification zone, so it’s all up to them now. In fact, a draw or a loss could keep them there, but it would depend on several results.

Historically, the universitarios have achieved positive results against the Gallos Blancos. Out of 23 matches between the two sides, Tigres has achieved 11 victories, which translates into a winning effectiveness of 48%.

Records show just six defeats and six draws against Querétaro, although in La Corregidora Stadium, home of the Gallos Blancos, Ricardo Ferretti’s men also have the upper hand, since of the 11 matches played there, four have ended in a victory for UANL and five in a tie.

In the last seven times Tigres has visited Querétaro, the balance has been in favor of the universitarios, with just a single loss, but two victories and five draws achieved.

This match could also mean a historical event for the felines’ manager, since, if the Tigres makes it to the Playoffs, this would be the first occasion in his career as a manager that he has led a team six consecutive times to the Fiesta Grande.

Today the felines could be setting out on a new path toward yet another title. Qualification would give Tigres the opportunity to fight for something that only two teams have achieved in short tournaments in Mexican football, to become two-time Champions.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD TIGRES VS. QUERÉTARO

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TIGRES2311664225+17
QUERÉTARO2366112542-17

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS AT LA CORREGIDORA

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QUERÉTARO112541121-10
TIGRES114522111+10

Tigres is focused on the Final

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 24.- Even though there’s still a bit of a sore spot from Saturday’s defeat, manager Ricardo Ferretti clarified that the team is fully focused on the Concacaf Champions League Final.
“There’s still a bit of a sore spot, but I think they’re looking fine. We trained today and, as I’ve always said before, it’s a very mature professional team and when things have been achieved, we always think about improving and when things don’t go well, we take the responsibility for it.
“When we’ve won Derbies, the day after we were already thinking about the next match. It’s only when it’s the last match that we give ourselves the luxury of suffering or celebrating.”

Assuming things…
“Why do you want to make such a big deal of things, make such a storm in a teacup, see things so negatively; you have to experience things and assume responsibility. You (the media) want to lick your lips, but hang on. It’s always the same, whether things go well or not, that’s how you are.”
“We know that if we qualify, if we’re champions, you’ll be talking about things that don’t exist and if things don’t turn out, you talk about even more drastic things. I have my directors and I’m accountable to them and only them for my work They make their decisions and, luckily, we make well-founded decisions, we make very precise decisions.”

Will Guido Pizarro be playing?
“It’s very hard to think about whether Guido will be playing on Wednesday. He’s recovering from an injury, he’s going to rehabilitation as you mentioned. Wednesday’s match is at nine at night, so we have Monday to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday, two and a half days more or less, and we’ll see how he does. He’s been working separately and is improving, but we’re not talking about a cold.
“I need to wait until tomorrow and part of Wednesday before making a joint decision with the player.”

Accepting criticism for the past 51 years
“Everyone who criticizes me gets up on a really great podium, what manager can give you more rating, fame than me criticizing.
“In 26 years (as a manager, plus 25 as a player) you’ve seen many people criticize me and it’s a shame that they often have to wait so long, maybe they’d like it to be more often, I really don’t care, that’s what they’re there for.”

About the possibility of Mexican referees in the Final…
“I don’t think so… It’s hard to believe whether that will be confirmed. Actually, it’s not right, because in one match, in our home game you send a team of foreign referees and now a team of Mexican referees. I know I won’t get an explanation, but I do wonder why…
“Can anyone explain it to me? Nobody can”.

Tigres goes down fighting in the Derby

GUADALUPE, April 22, 2017.- The UANL Tigres fought to the very end, but fell 1-0 in the Monterrey Derby, keeping expectations on hold for the Playoffs in the Clausura 2017.

An injured Guido Pizarro was replaced by Francisco Meza in the feline defense, which is where Tigres was strongest.

FIRST HALF

In the first half, the home side looked slightly stronger in possession and opportunities in their opponent’s zone.

Just two minutes in to the match, Nahuel Guzmán was forced to intervene promptly to obstruct the Rayados’ attack, and again at 7’, when Chará entered the box, but was swiftly disarmed by Patón.

Pabon attempted once more with an off-target shot at 12’, while Tigres’ reaction at minute 15 was led by André-Pierre Gignac, though the blue-and-whites’ goalkeeper saved the shot.

Tigres tried to gain ball possession and increase circulation, but continued to have trouble in the overlaps, forcing them to look mostly to Ismael Sosa, who, at 20’, broke away, but his cross was unsuccessful.

At minute 25, Funes Mori tried to put his attempt into effect, entering the zone from the left, but Torres Nilo stopped his cross from going any further. Monterrey seemed to be in control of the match.

But Juninho soon contradicted this with a powerful shot that went wide to the right, just inches from a goal.

Four minutes later, our side’s most important play took place, when Jesús Dueñas tried to control in the box, face-to-face with the goalkeeper, but a center-back stole the ball.

Towards the end of the first half, a distracted Juninho lost the ball to Juárez, who passed to Pabon, but, unbelievably, the South American, marked by Hugo Ayala, fumbled his shot, letting his chance go begging.

SECOND HALF

The tone in the second half was similar, with no substitutions on either side, but Monterrey put more pressure on with their attack, although our Tigres sought to reach the touchline on Javier Aquino’s side.

Minute 51 saw Pabon inside the zone, but his shot from the right was saved brilliantly by Nahuel Guzmán.

Aquino’s opportunity at 55’, with a play from the left, came to nothing, though soon after, César Montes scored for Monterrey off a corner kick.

Tuca then decided to take off Meza, who had replaced an injured Guido Pizarro, to give Lucas Zelarayan an opportunity, just after having replaced Sosa with Jürgen Damm.

Tigres began to dominate possession, driven by their determination to equalize, and at minute 71, Damm broke away down the right, entered the box, but his cross was deflected by the goalkeeper and Zelarayán’s counterattack was cleared from the area by Monterrey’s defense.

Later on, Junihno was replaced by Damián Álvarez, seeking greater protection up front, moving Torres Nilo to the center and Aquino to the left wing.

At minute 85, Sánchez, seeing that Nahuel had come off the line, attempted a long-range shot that hit the crossbar, saving our side from conceding a second goal.

In the very last minutes, Tigres fought hard and the whole team, even Nahuel, tried to attack, but their efforts were in vain.

Towards the end of injury time, Damián managed to make contact in the box, but the netkeeper made the save, although with some difficulty.

LINEUPS

MONTERREY: Hugo González; Edgar Castillo, César Montes, Iván Piris, Efraín Juárez, Rogelio Funes, Dorlan Pabon (Edwin Cardona 81’), José Basanta, Celso Ortiz (Walter Ayovi 75’), Jesús Molina and Yimmi Chará (Carlos Sánchez 65’)

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho (Damián Álvarez 75’), Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Francisco Meza (Lucas Zelarayan 66’), Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 61’), Eduardo Vargas and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

1-0   (58’) Following a corner, César Montes’ shot went into the left-hand corner of the goal.

YELLOW CARDS

MONTERREY: Rogelio Funes (52’) and José Basanta (64’)

TIGRES: Hugo Ayala (52’), Jürgen Damm (67’), Juninho (72’), Jorge Torres Nilo (79’) and Jesús Dueñas (83’)

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE: Roberto García Orozco

Assistant referee No. 1: Mario J. López Carrillo

Assistant referee No. 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales

Fourth Official: Fernando Hernández Gómez

The focus is on the Champions League

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 17.- For manager Ricardo Ferretti, the priority is the match against the Pachuca Tuzos, since it involves a Final that could lead to the Club World Cup.
The helmsman of the UANL Tigres explained that he would have preferred more time to train, but that’s no excuse for saying that the squad is limited.
“After the Pumas match, we’ve focused on recovering as soon as possible for the Pachuca game, which, right now, is the only one that matters. We have to take things one step at a time and I think both sides are in good shape for the match, perhaps we have been somewhat busier, but I do think we are in good spirits right now.”

He’s not overconfident
“We’re not overconfident about anyone. Pachuca has a great manager, who’s also my friend, and it’s a team that not long ago was champion of Mexican football, that has a squad of excellent players, we’re aware of their capacity, so we’re not overconfident at all.
“Just three, four weeks ago, you had a few offensive things to say about us, but each game is different and we can’t be overconfident about anyone.”

He’s not thinking about the derby
“Right now, we’re not thinking about what’s coming later. We’re concentrating on Pachuca, which is what I’ve done across all these years with the players. Personally, I don’t feel that there’s much use in thinking about Saturday if I don’t know whether I’ll still be alive on Saturday. That’s my philosophy. What I’m interested in is Pachuca and we have to play a good match.”

He’ll have the best lineup
“Tomorrow, I’ll send on all those who we feel are in the best condition. There’s no reason to change what we’ve been doing so far. We’ve reached the Final of the CONCACAF Champions League, the first match is tomorrow and I’ll be looking at those who I consider are best for the team, regardless of everything else.”

It wasn’t magic
“Well, I don’t think that because we’re playing a certain number of matches in April that the team has magically developed a type of football that you see one way; I still think we have to improve a few things in order to have a real chance of achieving our objectives.”

There’s room for improvement
“Personally, I think that we still haven’t quite reached our best possible level, given the individual quality of the players. The qualities are there, but we need to converge them.
“Things have turned out well in these matches, but we are always working to improve every time we have the opportunity to play.”

Tigres wants to go down in history today in the CONCACAF

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, April 17, 2017.- Tigres is on the threshold of winning their first international tournament, and this Tuesday they will be facing the Pachuca Tuzos with the firm intention of gaining a comfortable advantage in the first game of the two-leg series to allow them to dream this time of reaching the Club World Cup. However, they first need to overcome the hurdle of dealing with the CONCACAF Champions League.

Tigres defeated Pumas in the Semifinals and now they’ll be meeting Pachuca, a team already well known by the felines in decisive rounds, and whom they just managed to beat in the Final of the Champion of Champions. The CONCACAF Final will be the fourth final played against the Tuzos in the history of both sides.

Apart from the Champion of Champions, Tigres and Pachuca have already competed for two Liga titles, in the 2002 Summer and 2004 Winter Tournaments, although Tigres doesn’t have very fond memories of either occasion, having lost the Final both times.

If they win the CONCACAF Final, the felines will be redressing the balance with the Hidalgo side, since they would both have two head-to-head titles each. The Tuzos would also become the second team, together with América, against which Tigres has played most Finals.

Taking into consideration the most recent matches between the two teams played at the Universitario Stadium, the felines haven’t lost to the Tuzos in nine consecutive matches, with seven victories and just two draws, reflecting the clear dominance of Ricardo Ferretti’s men.

This Tuesday’s match will be the felines’ sixth to date in April, having played four Liga and two CONCACAF games, and there are still three to go, bringing the total to nine for this month.

‘Tuca’ is coming to this match with practically the entire team and off the back of two consecutive wins in the Liga, against Chivas and Pumas, two teams that are in a position to qualify to the Playoffs, scoring seven goals and conceding none.

Today, Tigres needs to gain an advantage at home in the Universitario and win the first leg of a Final, a victory that was denied them last year when they lost to América. Now, their goal is to turn things around in order to travel to the United Arab Emirates and represent Mexico in the Club World Cup.

Tigres thrills and thrashes 4-0

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 15.- The UANL Tigres continue to look for a spot in the Playoffs and this time they thrilled the fans and thrashed the UNAM Pumas 4-0, for a total of 19 points in the Clausura 2017.
Goals by Ismael Sosa, two by Jürgen Damm, whose arrival in the second half proved to be a nightmare for the opponent, and one more by André-Pierre Gignac, earned the hosts another three points.

FIRST HALF
Tigres was determined to repeat their performances of the last two matches, and, at minute 5, Luis Rodríguez, who has felt at home on the right flank, reached the goal line and crossed to Javier Aquino, whose shot went into the goalkeeper’s hands.
In contrast, the opponent attempted to put the pressure on form the start, but our side was firmly positioned in their own area.
At 15’, Aquino passed the ball into the zone, André-Pierre Gignac let it go by for Ismael Sosa, who had entered the box and, as the goalkeeper came off his line, brought the score to 1-0, firing up the jubilation of the Incomparable Ones.
One minute later, Gignac had an opportunity when Sosa passed him the ball in the zone, but the Frenchman sliced his shot wide over the goal line.
At 25’, Pumas reacted with Matías Britos’ shot, deflected by Nahuel Guzmán, giving a hint of their effort to react.
A minute later, the visitors had their best opportunity so far, when Juninho, on the line, saved Tigres from the equalizer, as the ball crashed into his chest, then ended up in Nahuel’s hands.
At 32’, it was Jesús Dueñas who let Pumas off the hook, when, unmarked, he received a ball near the penalty spot, but his shot went wide of the netkeeper Saldívar’s left post.
Now it was Eduardo Vargas’ turn, who, at 41’, received a ball from Gignac, but the Chilean’s shot found the goalkeeper’s hands. Tigres wasn’t lessening the pressure; in fact, they wanted more.

SECOND HALF
Tuca was forced to make his first substitution in the second half owing to Jesús Dueñas’ slight injury, replacing him with Jürgen Damm, who just eight minutes later gave Tigres their second goal.
The capped player received on the right, entered the zone and beat the goalkeeper with his cross. The scoreboard displayed 2-0 for the UANL Tigres.
This disconcerted UNAM somewhat, especially when seeking overlaps, and, at minute 62, Vargas had a chance for the third when he came up through the center, but his shot smashed into the goalie’s chest.
At minute 64, Damm was back, breaking away at top speed down the center, drawing the netkeeper off his line and crossing for the third goal, bringing the Universitario to its feet.
The fiesta came to a peak at minute 74, when, not wanting to be left out of the celebrations, the French player André-Pierre Gignac received a ball from the left, made his way through and shot from inside the box, sending the ball into the bottom corner of the net. The 4-0 sent fans completely wild.
Minutes later, Tuca decided to take Damm off, who had been a 32-minute-long nightmare for UNAM’s defense, sending Damián Álvarez on to replace him.
Pumas had an opportunity at minute 84, when Matías Britos beat Hugo Ayala to the ball, but Nahuel took control, deflecting the ball to concede a corner.
Just a couple of minutes before the end, Vargas made the Pumas nervous again, when Zelarayan sent a precise pass to the Chilean, who controlled the ball in the box, but was disarmed by the defense before he could get the shot off.
Tigres is back in the running for a Playoff spot, although right now their focus is on the first leg of the Concacaf Final, which they will host next Tuesday against the Tuzos in the Universitario Stadium.

LINEUPS
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas (Jürgen Damm 46’) (Damián Álvarez 78’), Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Lucas Zelarayan 69’), Eduardo Vargas, and André-Pierre Gignac.
UNAM: Alfredo Saldívar; José Carlos Vanranking, Darío Verón, Alan Mendoza (Alejandro Castro 79’), Kevin Escamilla (Alejandro Zamudio 64’), Javier Cortes, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello, Jesús Gallardo, Matías Britos and Pablo Jaquez.

GOALS
1-0        (15’) Aquino passed the ball into the zone, André-Pierre Gignac let it go by for Ismael Sosa, who finished as the goalkeeper came off his line.
2-0        (53’) Jürgen Damm entered the zone from the right and scored with a cross as the goalkeeper came off his line.
3-0        (64’) Jürgen Damm broke away down the center, overtook a defender, drew the netkeeper off his line and scored.
4-0        (74’) Andre-Pierre Gignac received from the left, made his way through and sent the ball past the inside of the left post.

YELLOW CARDS
TIGRES: Jürgen Damm (65’).
UNAM: Kevin Escamilla (2’), José Carlos Van Ranking (28’) and Pablo Jaquez (60’)

RED CARDS
None

Referee: Luis Enrique Santander
Assistant referee No. 1: Juan Joel Rangel
Assistant referee No. 2: Lixy Enriquez Guerrero
Fourth official: Oscar Mejía García

Think about the Derby?.. Not yet.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 14.- Nahuel Guzmán clearly stated this lunchtime, after the training session, that now’s not the right time to think about the Derby when they have an upcoming match against Pumas and a Final against Pachuca.
The goalkeeper, champion with our team in 2015 and 2016, commented that the Pumas game is extremely important, but not fundamental to determine whether or not they will qualify. Nuahuel then answered questions from the press.

-The way the team is now, Tigres’ fans are very hopeful, but there are opponents or people from the other team (Monterrey) who can’t wait to eliminate you… what does all this tell you?

“What I can say is that we’re not in a position to think about the Derby. We do understand and, as I said the other day, we haven’t lost sight of that match. Our reality is the Pumas match and we can’t think about the Derby yet. They are probably thinking about it because perhaps they have already qualified. The reality is that first we’ll be competing in a Final, and Pumas, Pachuca and Tigres’ people all deserve our respect. The important one is tomorrow. Obviously, positive results tomorrow and on Tuesday would give us confidence for the Derby, so let’s wait until the next press conference to warm things up a bit more.”

-The reality is that there are more important things than three points, such as a Concacaf Final …

“Today, April 14, we are thinking about Pumas. We’re aware of everything that’s happening afterwards, but today we need to concentrate on Pumas, to do well in this match because it could leave us very close to or on the verge of being excluded from the Playoffs. It’s true that we have a Final afterwards, but that doesn’t mean we’re underestimating either Pumas or the next opponent (Rayados), but in the middle, we have a very important match and, as I’ve already said, if we do well, we’ll be more positive for the Derby, but that’s how it is, we’re not saying anything out of this world.”

– How are the team’s spirits in face of all this?
“Obviously, after a victory and especially how we won and the opponent we defeated, we’re in good spirits.  The group is fine and confident about the work we’ve been doing. Our goal is to earn a spot in the top eight. We’re not there right now, but if we play these matches like we played against Chivas, we’ll have another chance. That’s football for you, nothing’s ever guaranteed.”

-The coming week is important, Pumas, Pachuca…  Is the mindset important?
“Always. If we go out onto the pitch that we’ll win easily or we don’t have a chance of qualifying, we’d be wrong in both ways of thinking. Each match has to be planned according to the specific needs. Tomorrow’s game is key, I won’t say fundamental, but it could make the difference between being close to qualifying or close to elimination. Midweek, we’ve got the first leg of the Final against Pachuca, and our approach might not be the same as for tomorrow.”

Victory comes home: Tigres defeat Chivas 3-0!

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.

FIRST HALF
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.

SECOND HALF
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.

LINEUPS
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.

GOALS
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.

YELLOW CARDS
TIGRES:  Jorge Torres Nilo (65’) and Jürgen Damm (82’)
GUADALAJARA:  Juan Basulto (30’), Michael Pérez (55’) and Miguel Ponce (80’)

RED CARDS
None

REFEREE: Eduardo Galván Basulto
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Jimmy Acosta
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jorge Gerardo Dávila
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Alejandro Funk Villafañe

Tigres let victory go

AGUASCALIENTES, April 8.- The UANL Tigres were unable to maintain their one-goal advantage and ended up drawing 1-1 with the Necaxa Rayos, leaving them far away from the 2017 Apertura Playoffs.

Francisco Meza, who was replacing an injured Juninho, put Ricardo Ferretti’s side ahead with a header following a corner; however, the match was almost over when the Rayos took advantage of a defensive error to equalize.

FIRST HALF

The match started with our team showing their determination to look for and retain the ball, which has been their strategy for the past seven years. However, they needed to break into the opponent’s zone more to upset the goalkeeper, Barovero.

Three minutes in, Claudio Riaño put Nahuel Guzmán to the test, but his shot went wide. Tigres responded at minute 9, with an attempt by Eduardo Vargas that was too high.

An opportunity for André-Pierre Gignac, who scored a goal in Canada, from outside the area ended up smashing into the netkeeper.

Later on, at minute 16, Tigre were awarded a corner, taken this time by Ismael Sosa from the left, to find Francisco Meza who scored with a header.

Tigres had managed to score in a set-piece off a corner for the first time since day 15 in the 2016 Clausura tournament, when Juninho, assisted by Rafael Sobis, got a goal against Santos on April 23.

At minute 23, Javier Aquino made his way through to send a powerful shot that Barovero deflected with his hands. Tigres was beginning to insist with shots from different areas of the field of play.

Gignac came into the box from the left sending a cross to Dueñas who tried to finish, but without success.

Tigres had many opportunities, but their opponent wasn’t ready to give up, and at minute 42, off a foul by Torres Nilo on the outskirts of the zone, Jairo González equalized 1-1 with a free kick.

SECOND HALF

In the second half, the Rayos clearly had the idea of attacking, but our team continued put the pressure on Barovero.

At minute 48, Gignac’s attempt went high, then, at 51’, Nahuel managed to block on the line a header by Michel García, who had come on as a substitute, saving Tigres from conceding their second goal.

Tigres’ reaction couldn’t have been better, since at 57’, in a one-two play, Sosa came face-to-face with Barovero, but lost in the one-on-one, just achieving a corner.

The next play was Gignac’s with a header that looked certain to be a goal, but Barovero deflected what would have been our side’s second goal.

Tuca then began to make some changes, taking Vargas off to give an opportunity to Lucas Zelarayán.

At minute 75, Luis Rodríguez, who has been replacing an injured Advincula, sent a cross that went just wide of the left-hand post.

The night became even more complicated for our team when Jesús Dueñas was injured and Francisco “Gringo” Torres took his place, clearly with the idea of maintaining a double shield together with Guido Pizarro.

Gignac had another opportunity at the 85-minute mark, with a shot on the edge of the box that ended in a corner conceded by Barovero. Two minutes later, the French player’s next attempt with a header went wide of the left post.

Ultimately, a draw doesn’t offer much of an advantage, since it leaves Tigres in the lower part of the rankings, though still with the hope of improving to qualify to the Playoffs.

LINEUPS

NECAXA: Marcelo Barovero; B. Beckeles, M. González, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Jesús Isijara (Jorge Sánchez 86’), Xavier Baez, Manuel Iturra, Edgar Espindola (Michel García 46’), Claudio Riaño (Fabián Barreiro 71’) and Edson Puch.

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Francisco Meza, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa, Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayan 72’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS

0-1   (16’) Ismael Sosa’s cross following a corner finds Francisco Meza who scores with a header.

1-1   (42’) Jairo González from a free kick defeats Nahuel.

YELLOW CARDS

NECAXA: Manuel Iturra (6’) y Xavier Baez (85’)

TIGRES: Jorge Torres Nilo (41’), Jesús Dueñas (76’) and Lucas Zelarayan (85’)

RED CARDS:

None

Tigres hopes for a win against Necaxa, with an eye to the Playoffs

AGUASCALIENTES | Friday, April 7, 2017.- Tigres is arriving in Aguascalientes as a CONCACAF Champions League finalist, but with the mission of obtaining three points against Necaxa to keep their hopes of reaching the Playoffs alive, an objective for which there is no longer any margin of error.

The team obtained their ticket to the CONCACAF Final just this past Wednesday, and on Saturday they’ll be restarting their activities with a series of matches that will extend over the whole of April, to play a total of nine matches (6 Liga and 3 CONCACAF).

There are still 18 points in play in the Clausura 2017, and the minimum goal the felines need to reach to advance to the Playoffs can be translated into achieving between 12 and 14 points, for a total of 24 or 26 by the end of all 17 fixtures.

Tigres travelled direct from Vancouver on Wednesday night to Aguascalientes, arriving before dawn on Thursday, to give the team time to be rested enough to play a match that, at least on paper, doesn’t look very complicated given the Rayos’ position in the tournament, although historically the red and whites have been a team that gives their opponent a difficult time.

The positive news for the team is that the French player, André-Pierre Gignac, secured a goal in the second leg of the Semifinal in Vancouver, his first since Liga Day 8 when he scored against Morelia.

Necaxa was the sensation of the Apertura 2016, in which their amazing performance led them to the Playoffs in their first tournament back in the First Division. However, at the moment they are 17th in the Clausura 2017 with just two wins, four draws and five losses.

This Saturday’s match will be the 28th between the two sides since the creation of the short tournaments, and Tigres is hoping to achieve its tenth victory against a team that does better in the Universitario Stadium, but in Aguascalientes Tigres has snatched three victories.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD AGAINST NECAXA

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HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS IN THE AZTECA / AZUL / VICTORIA

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AGUASCALIENTES | Friday, April 7, 2017.- Tigres is arriving in Aguascalientes as a CONCACAF Champions League finalist, but with the mission of obtaining three points against Necaxa to keep their hopes of reaching the Playoffs alive, an objective for which there is no longer any margin of error.

The team obtained their ticket to the CONCACAF Final just this past Wednesday, and on Saturday they’ll be restarting their activities with a series of matches that will extend over the whole of April, to play a total of nine matches (6 Liga and 3 CONCACAF).

There are still 18 points in play in the Clausura 2017, and the minimum goal the felines need to reach to advance to the Playoffs can be translated into achieving between 12 and 14 points, for a total of 24 or 26 by the end of all 17 fixtures.

Tigres travelled direct from Vancouver on Wednesday night to Aguascalientes, arriving before dawn on Thursday, to give the team time to be rested enough to play a match that, at least on paper, doesn’t look very complicated given the Rayos’ position in the tournament, although historically the red and whites have been a team that gives their opponent a difficult time.

The positive news for the team is that the French player, André-Pierre Gignac, secured a goal in the second leg of the Semifinal in Vancouver, his first since Liga Day 8 when he scored against Morelia.

Necaxa was the sensation of the Apertura 2016, in which their amazing performance led them to the Playoffs in their first tournament back in the First Division. However, at the moment they are 17th in the Clausura 2017 with just two wins, four draws and five losses.

This Saturday’s match will be the 28th between the two sides since the creation of the short tournaments, and Tigres is hoping to achieve its tenth victory against a team that does better in the Universitario Stadium, but in Aguascalientes Tigres has snatched three victories.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD AGAINST NECAXA

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A home defeat for Tigres by León

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SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday, April 1, 2017.- Tigres tried to break through to Leon’s goal numerous times, but couldn’t finish any of the opportunities generated, which resulted in a painful 0-1 defeat at home, making it very difficult for them to win a spot in the Playoffs, although nothing is definite yet.

INITIAL APPROACH

Ricardo Ferretti presented a team with diverse variations, dropping the Chilean Eduardo Vargas to the bench and replacing him with Lucas Zelarayán, a man with enormous mobility and feinting skills, to give the team greater depth.

Javier Aquino was also back in the starting lineup to cover the left flank, while Ismael Sosa was placed on the right, in an attempt to support the team’s attack. In the defense, ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez was positioned as the right back, giving the side continuity in that zone.

FIRST HALF

Tigres attacked from the start, showing what the playing style of Ferretti’s men would be. In fact, barely at the second minute, André-Pierre Gignac received the ball in the box, cut back and posed a threat to William Yarbrough’s net with his first shot.

The San Nicolás felines continued to threaten the goal from every angle, with Aquino and Sosa constantly active on the sides, but without being able to find the goal line or finish plays.

At minute 14, Gignac once more reached the goal line, controlled the ball to chip it toward Zelarayán, who was on his own, but the latter player’s header was blocked at the last minute by the defense.

Excitement mounted in the Uni Stadium with the dedication of players such as Guido Pizarro, who had just returned from Argentina and his official debut as a member of his country’s national team. The fans rewarded his fine performance with well-deserved rounds of applause.

At 31’, Sosa had the clearest opportunity of the match up to that point for Tigres, receiving an accurate pass from Dueñas in the box, but his shot went high.

The visitors’ first clear opportunity came at minute 36, but Nahuel Guzmán was quick off the mark to deflect the ball at the last second in a spectacular save.

At 44’, Gignac had a chance off a free kick and almost drove the ball into the net, but it skimmed past the left post, and then, just a minute later, his scissor kick missed the goal.

Tigres had been the immensely superior side, but were unable to consolidate their possession, ending the first half 0-0.

SECOND HALF

Ferretti decided to start the second half with a substitution. He took ‘Chaka’ Rodríguez and sent Eduardo Vargas on, moving Dueñas to the right flank, Zelarayán to defend and the Chilean up front.

Tigres maintained the same attacking dynamic as in the first 45 minutes, though even more fiercely now. However, they needed to improve the final touch.

During five minutes, the universitarios maintained good control of the ball up to the three-quarter mark of the field, but failed to find depth, which is when León took advantage of a breakthrough by ‘Rifle’ Andrade who defeated Nahuel Guzmán to make it 0-1.

Tigres decided to make a couple more changes, replacing Zelarayán and Torres Nilo with Alberto Acosta and Damián Álvarez, with which Dueñas returned to the defense and Aquino moved back to the left flank.

The San Nicolás de los Garza felines intensified their attack; in fact, Aquino had a clear chance at 81’ face-to-face with the net, but the goalkeeper made a good save to end the threat. Tigres was playing all the way up front, leaving the two center backs to defend alone.

The match ended with numerous problems for the local felines, having been unable to finish or fulfill their crosses, even though their effort and commitment couldn’t have been surpassed, but, today, things just didn’t turn out as they’d hoped.

TIGREDATO

This was Tigres’ first home defeat by León in short tournaments.

GOALS

Tigres

None

León

0-1 (66’) Andrés Andrade made the most of a fast breakaway to come face-to-face with Nahuel, cross and score the first goal of the match.

LINEUPS

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez (Eduardo Vargas 46’), Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo (Damián Álvarez 77’); Guido. Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Ismael Sosa and Javier Aquino; Lucas Zelarayán (Alberto Acosta 75’) and André-Pierre Gignac

León: William Yarbrough; Juan González, Guillermo Burdisso, Osvaldo Rodríguez and Juan Cornejo; Carlos Guzmán, Luis Montes (Fernando Navarro 88’), Carlos Peña (Alexander Mejía 68’) and Christian Valdez; Elías Hernández (Darío Burbano 92’) and Andrés Andrade

REFEREE

Jorge Ríos Jácome

YELLOW CARDS

Tigres: Juninho (53’), Eduardo Vargas (74’)

León: Andrés Andrade (37’), Juan González (59’), Osvaldo Rodríguez (83’)

RED CARDS

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Pizarro shares with Tigres his joy at debuting for Argentina

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Thursday, March 30, 2017.- His debut with the Argentina National Team left Guido Pizarro with a feeling of joy at having realized one of the main dreams he’s had since he was a child, and he wanted to share so much happiness with Tigres, because his growth and development in the Club is what has enabled him to reach this level.

“What’s most important is the collective result and that was defeat. Undoubtedly, after that each performance will be analyzed, but personally my work is for me and mine; but (I’m) grateful for all the praise, the affection of Tigres’ people who constantly supported me and sent me encouraging messages. I’m very grateful to everyone in the club, the coach, the directors, everyone, because this dream that I’ve realized is also theirs. They’ve given me the opportunity to grow and prove myself as a player and as a person,” ‘Conde’ told the media.

Messi’s four-match ban was exaggerated.

“I think that it’s excessive because the referee didn’t identify anything, they didn’t see it was for the and then a ruling was made. However, with the appeal and everyone’s support hopefully the sentence can be reduced.”

León will be complicated because of the quality of their players.

“We know that going through a bit of a rough patch (León), but they have first-class players, their manager’s idea is good, it’s intense and they’ve had these past few days to work and correct any errors, so we know that it will be a difficult match and that we need to win three points to get closer to the Playoffs.”

There’s still time to continue to aspire to the Playoffs.

“We know there’s no margin for error, that we need the three points to get closer to the teams in the top spots, but I think that the team has been improving for some time now and I hope we continue to do so.”

It’s time to show Tigres’ hierarchy.- Damián

ZUAZUA |Tuesday, March 28, 2017.- The time has come for Tigres to display the hierarchy they’ve earned on the pitch in the past few years, where their performances have taken them to finals and on to win titles, declared Damián Álvarez, a midfielder with the universitarios.

“(The upcoming April matches) all offer possible opportunities for the team to make a comeback, to reach its usual heights. It’s a great opportunity for us.

“Let’s hope the good things are about to come, that we can show all that hierarchy we’ve earned and that we can get back on track to have the possibility of being in both the tournaments in which we are competing, aiming to transcend,” said ‘Enano’.

The injury issue needs to be solved.

“The injury topic is always an uncertainty, you never know when it’s your turn. Right now, a few of us are on the road to recovery, such as ‘Gutty’, or Luis Advíncula, or myself, players who are in that almost-recovered phase, and others who, unfortunately, owing to competitions and commitments, are coming from those situations, such as Damm and Quiñones, but, well, these things happen at the worst time and you want to recover quickly, and let’s hope it’s nothing serious, that they will back as soon as possible because we do need everyone to be well.”

Tigres has done well with a heavy match load.

“It’s difficult to touch on this topic because we don’t know much about it (having a heavy match load), because when we’ve competed in this sort of schedule, when one game after another overlap, we’ve always responded well and risen to the challenge. Let’s hope we can all keep up with this pace and that playing every two or three days will bring positive outcomes.”

Take one match at a time and not get ahead of themselves.

“Each game is the most important, we’re very close and can’t afford to take a chance with the current or the next matches if we don’t do well in the one we’re playing. The only match that matters is this weekend’s and then well prepare for the others. We’ll take it day by day, you win a match and you’re far away; you win a match and you’re in the qualification zone. In other words, things are so unpredictable for us right now that we can’t afford to give any mistakes a chance. We need to think positively all the time, while concentrating in the knowledge that it’s not the time to fail.”

Instability can still be put to one side.

“I don’t know the right answer, but I think we still have a chance to change this instability that’s emerged in the team in this tournament. I’m quite sure that the team’s endeavor and responsibility will always lead us to do our best. We’ll look at what happened later, but right now the team is fully prepared to face all these matches with a positive mindset and like the team we are.”

He hopes all the players will be 100% fit.

“We’re all aware that this month is going to be somewhat busy. So, logically, we want to think that everyone will be fit, on top form to face up to this demanding month and I imagine that’s how things will be, making sure that all of us who are in recovery will be 100% and that everything will be fine.”

Tigres is gaining confidence and stability.- Torres Nilo

ZUAZUA | Wednesday, March 15, 2017.- The team is gradually gaining confidence, the good results talk of an upwardly mobile Tigres, and this weekend, against Cruz Azul, they should confirm this, said Jorge Torres Nilo, a defender with the universitarios, who also made it quite clear that there is still a lot of room for improvement in their performance.

“We’ve felt much better in the last few fixtures, we know that if we carry on along this track, performing like this, the team will continue to produce results, and if there’s a setback in the results, well, the team continues to play like that. I’m sure the team will improve enormously; our confidence won’t diminish despite the results. Then our performance is getting better, we’re improving, but we still haven’t quite reached the level we all want,” commented ‘Pechu’.

There’s confidence and stability in the squad.

“(It gave us) confidence, although it’s not over yet. We know that it was 90 minutes in a two-game series, so we’re aware that it’s not over yet. It was an important step forward, but nothing is set in stone. We gained confidence, the team is still looking good, solid, and we have to improve like always, but the team’s confidence and stability in the last few fixtures have been very good for the whole group.”

We mustn’t think of the Final yet.

“However, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, there are still another 90 minutes to be played and then we can start talking about records or statistics, nobody knows what the outcome of this series will be and, simply, we could say that this was the first half and we’ll be playing the second, so we have to go to Canada with the mentality of winning.”

They know Cruz Azul will be a complicated team.

“We’re already focusing from today on Cruz Azul, but we’ve also seen that they’ve won in the last week. Perhaps they’ve had a difficult time over the last month, but their response in the last week has been positive for their football and lifted their spirits. We know that Cruz Azul isn’t an easy opponent, and player by player it’s one of the best squads. We are aware that we’ll be face-to-face with on the best squads in the league.”

Tigres always tells us to avoid arguing with the referees.

“In general terms, they’ve always said that (we shouldn’t argue with the referees), not just now because of what happened. They have always said that and encouraged us to set an example inside and outside the pitch.”

We need to be patient and intelligent in the second leg of the Semifinal.

“Each match is different and we’re mentally prepared for a more difficult game than the one we played here, because they have their supporters there, and they’ll do their best to attack. We know they’re not an easy rival, and we’re going there to do what we know how to do, and we need to be patient and intelligent whenever necessary throughout the match.”

Victory builds Tigres’ confidence.- Ricardo Ferretti

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, March 6, 2017.-After a shaky start to the tournament, out of the last nine points in play, Tigres has managed to win a total of seven. Nevertheless, the manager Ricardo Ferretti is not nervous and assures that they are just getting back on track, so it’s still too soon to talk about the possibility of qualifying.

“As I said, these two victories have built our confidence, while our qualification to the (Semifinal of the) Champions League is another dose of motivation, but we have to keep on confirming these things, we’re hosting the Super Leader of the championship.

“Afterwards, we’ll be competing against a Canadian team (Whitecaps), who are a very strong squad. I hope my team can continue to produce these positive results and if we manage to earn points, through good football and positive outcomes, I think that we’ll be able to talk about qualifying very soon, but it’s a bit too soon right now,” said ‘Tuca’.

We must reciprocate the fans’ support with good football.

“I never ask anything of my fans, I always thank them for their support, for their affection, so going and telling them: ‘don’t get too excited… Yes, I could, but they also have the right to dream like us, so that hope of qualifying that we’re generating is something they also feel, and I think that the next match won’t be the exception. The support in the stadium will be amazing and we have to reciprocate this with football, well-played football and if we can do this, we’ll have a greater chance of winning.”

Not conceding any goals is very positive.

“If you win, you have a better week, and the team appears to be finding a level. I think that in the last two matches, we’ve played in our usual way, with balance. We haven’t conceded a goal in the last two matches, which is very positive, and everyone always wants to score lots of goals, but our decisiveness has been satisfactory, so we’ve had the opportunity of earning six points in these two games.”

Chivas will put us to the test

“Just as we don’t underrate anybody, we don’t overrate them either. We aim for an emotional balance in that aspect, we don’t look down at anyone or up to them either. It’s going to be a difficult match because they’re playing very well and I hope my team’s game will be equal to our club’s prestige.”

The Mexican Liga is a highly competitive tournament

“I’ve always thought that our championship is very competitive and that anyone can win. A lot of you think that it’s mediocre, others say things like it’s irregular, and I say that it’s competitive, with the new rule, even more so. So, I think the statistics are quite clear and that’s why I think that with these two matches we are making things right and if we hadn’t won yesterday, I very much doubt we’d have a chance of qualifying.”

Our hope and focus is to qualify at Tigres.- Torres Nilo

ZUAZUA | Wednesday, March 8, 2017.- The standard of football sought by Tigres us gradually beginning to appear in the team, performance has improved a lot in the last two matches played, and this improvement has allowed the squad to hope about qualifying to the Playoffs.

“The first few fixtures were difficult for us, but now we’re finally reaching that group and individual level we all want and that gives us hope. Now we’re are about to play this match which is very important for us to aspire fully to our original objective, to qualify, and we’re working very hard to keep those three points here at home.”

There’s still room for improvement.

“We’re close (to the desired level); we know that there is still plenty of room for improvement, but we are getting closer. The team feels increasingly better on the pitch, which gives us hope, motivates us, because it comes together with results, gives us confidence to carry on working and to be patient, which might be what we, as players and at the group level, were lacking at first. Now, we’re getting there through hard work.”

They’re first objective is Chivas, not Vancouver.

“The truth is that we’re taking it day by day, so before thinking about Vancouver we’re focusing on Chivas and nobody else, since those three points are extremely important for us. Let’s leave the past behind us. There’s a match coming up that’s vital for our aspirations, and to have a good chance at reaching our objective, which is to compete in the Playoffs. We have the right mindset and are working hard to assure a home win.”

The match against Chivas won’t be easy.

“It’s a match that isn’t going to be easy at all. We know there’s a reason why they are the table leaders. It’s a very important game for us, especially since we’ll be playing against the Super Leader and, above all, our only goal in the short term is to win.”

Chivas is a team that lets you play.

“It will be just as difficult for them as for us, because they are so dynamic, always so well complemented. They move about, press from every area of the pitch and that’s good for us too, because so many teams come to the Uni Stadium to defend, but I don’t think that’s Chivas’ strategy. The match will be more open, but we’re training for all the possible strategies they might have planned, but I’m sure we’ll perform well this weekend.”

The double competition has helped.

“It’s been good for us to continue playing. It didn’t happen this week, but we’re training very hard. I do think playing in both the Liga and CONCACAF has benefited us, it was good for us and things fall into place, working out for us, and we’re carrying on with that same inertia.”

I’m going to give my all and do my best with Tigres.- Francisco Meza

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Friday, March 3, 2017.- The Colombian Francisco Meza feels blessed to have the opportunity to play this Sunday as a starter, so much so much so that he promised not to let the manager down and to offer Tigres security in the defensive zone.

“I came here to do my part, God places opportunities in our path, and right now he’s giving me this marvelous opportunity (to play), and I’m going to give my all, do my best and I hope the team achieves a good result, which is what everyone wants,” commented the defender from the land of coffee in the press conference at the Universitario Stadium.

Earning a spot in the CONCACAF Semifinal is even more encouraging.

“It’s encouraging because we wanted to qualify in the Champions League, and now our aim is to win enough points to compete in the Playoffs.”

He’ll try to give his all.

“First of all, I’d like to thank God for this opportunity. At times, it’s hard to substitute a teammate under these conditions (injuries), but now it’s my turn and I’ll try to give my all. The coaching staff has placed their trust in me and I hope the team can rise to the occasion and achieve an excellent result.”

He can’t wait for the Puebla match.

“I’m so happy, I can’t wait for the match to show why they brought me here. Everyone wants to see what I can do. Physically, I feel fine, confident and I hope to reflect this on the day.”

We can’t afford to let any more points go.

“They are going to try to take control since they also need a positive result, but we’ll be putting our heart and soul into the match. We can’t let any more points go and we’ll be starting on Sunday.”

Tigres is a team that has to go all out for both tournaments.

“Tigres is a great team that has enough players to compete in both tournaments (Liga and CONCACAF), and suddenly we’re left in the lurch because we gave away a bit of an advantage, but that’s how it is, that’s how football is, and we hope that on Sunday we’ll be back on the track of victory in the Liga, and from there on up to the first places.”

The communication among the team’s defense is always excellent.

“We always talk to each other, we’re always there paying attention to Junior and Hugo, and like in everything, remain focused and give the team confidence which is our priority (as defenders), and then collaborating in the attack would be an extra.”

Tigres seeks ticket to the CONCACAF Semifinal

MEXICO CITY | Tuesday, February 28, 2017.-  This Wednesday, Tigres is playing the UNAM Pumas for a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal, setting their sights on the Club World Cup.

Ricardo Ferretti’s players drew 1-1 at the Universitario Stadium, a score that forces them to win on Wednesday by any result, or tie by two or more goals. The only result that would send the match to extra time, and possibly even penalties, would be 1-1 at the Olímpico Stadium.

Therefore, Tigres must give their all at Pumas’ home, aiming for victory and the highest possible number of goals, in order to repeat the feat achieved in the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura), when they hammered the Pedregal side to qualify to the next round of the Playoffs.

Tigres practically has a full roster for this match, although they will have to watch out for yellow cards in case they do advance to the next round, since Guido Pizarro and Hugo Ayala already have one each and if they receive another one, they will be suspended for the Semifinal phase.

The match will take place at 9 p.m. in the Olímpico Universitario Stadium, where the San Nicolás de los Garza side has already tasted victory in Playoffs and won a championship in the recent history of both teams.

In the last match, the Chilean Eduardo Vargas made his debut, so this time, he and Andre-Pierre Gignac will be doing their utmost to find the back of Pumas’ net and earn the longed-for spot in the next phase.

For an Incomparable Mexico

The Universitario Stadium was a sea of green, white and red, the colors of our Flag, before the Tigres vs Morelia match, as a way of demonstrating the reasons why Mexico is Incomparable. One of the phrases used by the Club and players to launch the campaign #PorUnMexicoIncomparable on social networks was printed on each and every flag flown in the stadium.
Tigres undertook this permanent campaign as a means of remembering the reasons why Mexico is great; because it knows that teamwork is better than going it alone; because in the face of adversity, it displays integrity; because it always seeks a better future for everyone.
The tricolor mosaic formed a frame around the teams as they came out onto the pitch, on day 8, and also created a fitting farewell for an exceptional man, Don Carlos Miloc.

Tigres draw at home against Morelia

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday, February 25, 2017.-  Tigres worked hard today to earn a point against Morelia, and although the final score was 1-1, the universitarios struggled to equalize.

Today’s match was tinged with poignancy since, during the afternoon, the man who led the felines to their first two titles, Don Carlos Miloc, passed away.

Before the start of the match, a minute of silence was observed for the famed, much-loved ‘Tanque’, which turned into a minute of applause affectionately dedicated to him by all the supporters present in the Universitario Stadium. Moreover, the team warmed up sporting a commemorative shirt with a photograph of Miloc on the front and the words, “Farewell, Don Carlos”.

INITIAL APPROACH

Tigres’ lineup was the same as for the Veracruz match, with Luis Quiñones and Ismael Sosa as left and right wingers, respectively, and the Peruvian Luis Advíncula on the right flank. André-Pierre Gignac was accompanied by Edu Vargas up front.

FIRST HALF

Tigres attacked from the start, taking advantage of Luis Advíncula’s pace and the mobility in the midfield, with, in fact, Guido Pizarro generating the first opportunity in an individual play at minute 4 that ended up going over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, Advíncula broke away on the right, back passed to Ismael Sosa, who with a half turn ceded to Eduardo Vargas, but his shot hit the left post and was saved by the goalkeeper, Carlos Rodríguez.

Morelia made it quite clear that they had not come to the Universitario to surrender and, at minute 13, Aarón Fernández prevented the fall of his net with a fine save, blocking the shot that looked certain to be a goal.

Tigres persisted, taking advantage of Luis Quiñones’ mobility and speed that gave the Morelia defense a run for its money. However, minute 22 saw the clearest opportunity so far, with a drilled cross for André-Pierre Gignac, who was on his own in the box, but the shot went wide.

At 30’, and after several options that the universitarios had been unable to finish, the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors for a play in which Hugo Ayala was unable to clear the ball properly. Raúl Ruidíaz converted the penalty to bring the score to 0-1.

The felines lost their footing for a few moments when their best quality throughout the tournament, accurate passing, disappeared making them lose the ball easily in every area of the pitch.

The first half came to an end with the hosts a goal down. There were sparks of brilliance on the pitch as well as a thrilling gesture by the Tigres fans who cried “Mexico” whenever the opponent’s goalkeeper cleared the ball.

SECOND HALF

The second 45 minutes started with the same 22 men on the pitch, but with the same tenor as the end of the first half, with Tigres eager but unable to reach the opponent’s goal, while Morelia appeared to control the field.

Ricardo Ferretti looked to the bench at 65’, in an endeavor to refresh the left side, sending Damián Álvarez on to replace Quiñones, and, in this way, achieve greater depth. He was quickly rewarded when ‘Enano’ crossed with precision to Gignac, who sent the ball into the back of the net, for a 1-1 tie.

Damián appeared to stir the team up to a revolution and the felines became more dangerous, lifting the supporters’ spirits in the stands. Then, Lucas Zelarayán substituted Sosa, modifying the formation, leaving ‘Chino’ in the hole, behind the two forwards.

Morelia tried to waste as much time as possible in every play, while the felines attacked from every sector of the pitch, but were unable to produce the winning goal in the zone.

The match ended in a one-goal draw, giving the felines 8 points and André-Pierre his second goal of the tournament.

#TIGREDATO

On the day that Carlos Miloc passed away, the teams he most loved in his life were competing against each other. He arrived in Morelia as a player and was so grateful that he named his daughter after that city. Tigres adopted him for his courage and he led the team to two Liga titles.

GOALS

Tigres:

1-1 (71’) André-Pierre Gignac header that found the back of the net after a cross from the left by Damián Álvarez.

Morelia

0-1 (30’) Raúl Ruidíaz, penalty.

LINEUPS

Tigres: Aarón Fernández; Luis Advíncula, Hugo Ayala, Juninho and Jorge Torres Nilo; Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Ismael Sosa (Lucas Zelarayán 79’) and Luis Quiñones (Damián Álvarez 65’); Eduardo Vargas and André-Pierre Gignac

Morelia: Carlos Rodriguez; Sebastián Vegas, Gabriel Achiller, Enrique Pérez and Emanuel Loeschbor; Rodrigo Millar, Aldo Rocha, Andy Polo (Gastón Lezcano 65’) and Raúl Ruidíaz (Juan Rodríguez 85’); Jefferson Cuero (Jorge Zárate 82’) and Diego Valdés

REFEREE

José Alfredo Peñaloza

YELLOW CARDS

Tigres: Guido Pizarro (6’), Juninho (64’)

Morelia: Gabriel Achiller (89’), Emanuel Loeschbor (38’), Carlos Rodríguez (76’), Jefferson Cuero (81’)

RED CARDS

None

Tigres seek another victory in the 2017 Clausura

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday 25, 2017.- Tigres partly recovered lost ground in the 2017 Winter Tournament (Clausura) with a valiant away victory last week, and now, this Saturday at home, they seek to maintain this pace and win three valuable points as hosts to the Morelia Monarcas.
So far, the felines have a total of 7 points, positioning them for now in 13th place in the tournament. However, a win would allow them to climb up the table and bring them closer to the qualification zone, which, at this point, is just three points away.
The team managed by Ricardo Ferretti had just a couple of days to prepare for Day 8 after playing the first leg of the CONCACAF Championship Quarter Final midweek.
Tigres is ranked 13th in the Clausura, and Morelia 12th, with just one point separating the two sides, though the Monarcas urgently need more points since they are at risk, being positioned at the bottom of the relegation table, while the felines have the second-best performance in the last six Liga tournaments.
In the 76 past matches played against Morelia, Tigres has won 32, drawn 16 and lost 28. At home, the San Nicolás de los Garza side is the stronger of the two, with 22 victories in 37 games, and just 6 defeats and 9 ties.
In the last five matches, the felines have won four and lost just one, reflecting the advantage of Ricardo Ferretti’s players.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD AGAINST MORELIA

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Tigres’ goal: to come home with three points from Veracruz

VERACRUZ | Thursday, February 16, 2017.- This Friday is the start of Day 7 in Mexican football and this time it’s Tigres’ turn to kick off the battle (to fight for three points) in the Veracruz port, visiting the Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks) and with a clear objective: To win, come what may, so the team won’t be so far away from the qualification zone.

Right now, the felines are in 16th place in the 2017 Clausura with just four points, while the Veracruz side are in 8th position, the opposite of the situation in the last tournament.

Analyzing the historical data, Tigres hasn’t lost to the sharks the last seven times these two sides met, having won four and drawn three. In fact, in a total of 34 matches, the balance is in favor of the universitarios with 16 victories, eight ties and 10 defeats.

For this match, Ricardo Ferretti’s goalkeeper is still Aarón Fernández, who will be a starter for the second time in his career, since both Nahuel Guzmán and Enrique Palos are injured, though the latter has almost recovered.

Notably among the other players called up for this journey is José ‘La Palmera’ Rivas, who had been out for injury so far this tournament.

Tigres is just five points away from Veracruz’s eighth place, which means that a victory in the port would leave them a mere two points away from the qualification zone, with ten matches still to go in the regular phase of this tournament.

HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST VERACRUZ

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HEAD-TO-HEAD IN THE PORT

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At Tigres, we need to work with humility and intensity.- Guido Pizarro

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Wednesday, February 15, 2017.- Positive results will come back to the team by working with intensity and humility, in the same way as Tigres has done in their moments of success, assured Guido Pizarro, defensive midfielder for the universitarios, who reiterated that they can only achieve victory again by working together.

“(There’s) no pressure, we know that we’re not in the right place, but we have to work, (we know that) the path that led us to produce positive results was hard work with humility, and that’s what we’ll carry on doing.

“We also have to be aware of what we’re not doing or not doing properly, but this team was crafted to fight for the top spots and right now we’re not there. But, as I said, there’s still time, there’s no need to change the way we are or work, but it is time to react, achieve results, because the fixtures that have gone by are points lost that could affect us later,” commented the Argentine player.

We need to try even harder.

“The mood isn’t the best, we know that the situation we’re in isn’t what we’d like, but we need to try even harder, strive to carry on working in the same way as always to produce good results. I think that’s the path that led us to positive results, so we’re not going to change now and definitely need to contribute more to turn this situation around.”

Self-criticism is a good place to start.

“As I’ve just said, the path that led us to good results was working with humility, knowing what each and every one of us is doing right and what we’re doing wrong, then with that self-criticism, that humility and working day after day is how we’re going to turn this around, all of us together, none of us can do it alone and we’re aware of that, and hopefully this Friday we can demonstrate it on the field and not just with words.”

Tigres isn’t in crisis.

“I don’t think so (that we’re in crisis), personally there haven’t just been negative results and there’s still a long way to go. No doubt if we win two or three matches running, people will be talking about our good moment and stop talking about this. We have to go for the first victory, find a better team and then take it match by match.”

We hope to improve on the pitch.

“Partly, I think we need to focus on what we do, first improve our individual and then our collective performance as far as possible. What we’re going to do on the pitch is the priority and we hope to improve.”

There are other good options in Aquino’s absence.

“Personally, Aquino’s absence won’t affect me. We have other options, Damián, Luis Quiñones can play and they are first-rate footballers, as is Javier, and they will certainly bring a breath of fresh air to the team, because they haven’t been starters or played a lot, so that will be positive too. However, as I said, no one can win the match alone; we have to improve as a team in order to win and that’s what we all want.”

At Tigres, it’s time to believe in our work and our players.- Damián Álvarez

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Tuesday, February 14, 2017.- For Damián Álvarez, Tigres’ current difficulties in the 2017 Winter Tournament (Clausura) can be summed up in two points. First, the players are going through a rough patch in their individual work right now, and, second, as a result, collectively they are not performing well.

Nevertheless, the Argentine midfielder made it quite clear that there is still time to get back on track.

“These are the moments when we have to believe in our work, believe in the players, in their individual capacity. Obviously, things aren’t perfect right now, and the individual capacity is producing a deficit in the collective work.

“When individualities aren’t at their best, it affects the team as a whole. I think it’s important for each player to improve and, clearly, that is linked to everything else, such as decisiveness, generating plays and obtaining results.

“I think we should continue to grow in what we have already achieved, without changing everything we’ve always trusted. Simply, improve, each and every one of us should improve, since this is key to getting out of this bad patch,” said ‘Enano’.

This situation has been overcome before.

“We have to realize that in the face of assumptions or the creation of a squad of this stature, these results are not good, so we should be aware of where we are right now, and take responsibility for it. This is the situation right now and we’ve been through this before and been able to overcome it. Now we’re facing this dilemma again and we have to rise above it. We have a squad with an enormous capacity, an individual capacity that we must exploit. Right now, I feel our level us low, and by improving this, I think the team will rapidly get back on our usual track.”

The margin of error is very narrow.

“At the moment, the margins of error are very narrow, we need to keep this in mind and win to earn more points. This start has been one of the worst ever for us and we need to turn this around. We’ve got everything we need to do so. We must push ourselves, starting from inside the team, consider what each of us can contribute to the team and get on with it. In this way, working together, we’ll get through this. There are still more matches to go, but we shouldn’t count how many. We just need to start winning as of this Friday.”

Blaming Gignac alone for the goal drought is selfish.

“We’re all involved in every aspect; all of us would like him (Gignac) to score 100 goals, but we need to understand that the goal generation isn’t that great, not even to score. We need to change what we are doing, we’re not performing well and I think it’s very unfair to always point a finger at this player or the other who’s not scoring. It’s very selfish of everyone who is saying that.”

We can still think about winning the Liga and CONCACAF.

“I don’t think CONCACAF is an escape mechanism. We’ve got time for both tournaments. There are 30 of us in the squad and we’re all part of it. The manager can count on all of us, so we can handle both competitions. There’s no point choosing one or the other; we’ve got a chance in both of them, and we’ve already discussed this. There’s still a way to go, but I think we need to start producing results immediately.”

I believe in my players’ work.- Ricardo Ferretti

ZUAZUA | Monday, February 13, 2017.- Ricardo Ferretti is fully confident that his players will get back on track and recover their lost ground in the 2017 Clausura. The strategist serenely addressed the press to explain that positive results can be achieved through unity and hard work.

“Do I believe we can qualify? Yes, I do. Do I have hope? Yes, I do, but what’s the point in going on about it? Results are what we need, and while we don’t achieve positive results, the possibility of qualifying becomes increasingly unlikely. But I do believe – if not, what’s the point in my being here?

“I have to believe in my players’ work, believe in the fans’ support, in many things, and, based on this, work hard and start to achieve positive results. It’s not the first time I’ve faced you in a situation like this and we’ve overcome these issues, and ended up more united than ever, working harder and starting to get good results, that’s all,” commented ‘Tuca’.

Nobody is going to go crazy here.

“We haven’t seen results in this tournament, we need to change something, but we’re not going to go crazy. If the Ingeniero (Alejandro Rodríguez) and Miguel (Garza) pressure themselves, who are they going to pressure?, me; and if they pressure me and I pressure myself, who am I going to pressure?, the players, then how will they perform, well even worse.

“We’re not going to go crazy, we’re aware of the situation, but if you think I’m going to take the players to Chipinque (mountain park) 50 times, well, I’m not. My players are professionals, we’re all aware that we’re not doing things right, that we have to improve, but if you’re asking whether I’m going to start doing strange things, I’m not. Are we concerned? Yes, of course, we’re not children, we know how things stand.”

Having an experienced, mature group helps.

“This is a mature group, with highly experienced people, and we have to make them see certain things, but they also work mentally. It’s not a matter of thinking that I’m the only one who is going to work with the group and put ideas in their heads, well, no. These are highly, experienced, talented players, so they carry out a self-analysis to see what they are not doing right and they come here and get down to work.”

There is plenty of room for improvement.

“We had a poor first half (against Pachuca), the second half was going well and then with the red card, things went downhill (in our efforts), and apart from the ejection we had an injury, which is one of the things that is worrying us. This is another concern for us and we need to focus on improving our performance as much as possible.”

‘Tuca’ tries to salvage the positive points.

“Because, right now, you, and many other people I think, and rightly so, only see the negative side, the lack of results. But in all this, we’re concentrating on something positive that we’ve achieved to work on and succeed. At the moment, no one can see the bright side, and that’s very simple, but we have to look for the positive points and, based on that, work doubly hard.”

There’s no excuse for Tigres’ current situation.

“No, it would be very easy to say yes and make excuses, and if it’s just to make excuses I’d rather not be here, that’s very easy. Neither the performances nor the results have met our expectations, and we should accept all the criticism, just like we accept praise, and there’s no need at all to get angry. We must accept that we’re not doing things properly and that’s that.”

The players are keen to improve.

“I have many positive factors (from the team), but there’s no point coming here and telling you that, it’s not how I do things. What’s important is that I have the capacity to see the silver lining in every cloud and here the results are the worst, that’s the worst, but there are positive points and that’s what I discuss with my players. One positive point is that the players are very keen to work and improve.”