1-1 Draw Gives Tigres an Advantage
PACHUCA, May 8th.- In an evening in which Nahuel Guzmán excelled, the UANL Tigres tied in the Hidalgo Stadium, equalizing 1-1 with Pachuca and going back to San Nicolás de los Garza with the advantage that a goalless draw would be sufficient to send them into the Semifinal.
A purely accidental own goal by Luis Rodríguez, one of those that can happen in football, put the Tuzos ahead, though just minutes later Javier Aquino fired off a powerful mid-distance shot to equalize, helped by defender Erick Aguirre.
The first half wasn’t particularly positive for our side, although they created the first opportunity at the third minute when Chaka Rodríguez broke away along the right and crossed to André-Pierre Gignac, whose shot went too high.
Edwin Cardona reacted for the home side with a shot that missed to the left, at the 18th minute, and seconds later a high ball into the box hit Chaka on the leg and found the back of the net, leaving Nahuel unable to do anything about it.
It looked as though it could be a complicated evening for Ricardo Ferretti’s men, but, at 21’, Jesús Dueñas’ shot was deflected by keeper Alfonso Blanco to find Rafael de Souza, who passed to Aquino, and the Oaxaca native scored the equalizer, to make it 1-1.
At 29’, Nahuel made his first appearance conceding a corner off a direct free kick by Cardona that looked as though it would go in. Afterwards, at 30’, Jorge Hernández’s shot went over the crossbar.
Aquino, assisted by Dueñas with a short pass, tried again at 36’, but the shot missed to the right.
Two minutes later, Nahuel made a fine save, when Ulloa received in the box from the left, fired off a shot, but the Argentine denied him by deflecting the ball with his leg.
One minute fifteen seconds later, Franco Jara attempted to score, but came up against an inspired Nahuel who denied him his goal with a superb dive.
Tigres came out in the second half with improved recovery and overlapping, as well as possession, while creating opportunities, as did the hosts who had to face their greatest obstacle, Nahuel.
Luis Quiñones was busy on the right flank and, at 51’, broke away and into the box, preparing to cross, but the defense intervened to concede a corner.
At 54’, Guido Pizarro brought himself to attack individually down the middle, but his shot was too high.
At 56’, Nahuel Guzmán once more played the leading role in saving his net from defeat, this time blocking the shot with his arms out wide.
Tigres endeavored to play with their distinctive style, passing and circulating the ball, so that, at 60’, Enner Valencia crossed to Gignac from the end line, but the defense intercepted and cleared the shot.
Two minutes afterwards, Valencia came in from the right to shoot, but the ball went wide of the left post. Tigres was coming close again.
Ricardo Ferretti’s men had another chance when Valencia ran down the left, penetrated the box and cut back to Gignac, whose weak shot went into the keeper’s hands.
At that point, Tigres was constantly putting the pressure on, as was reflected at 77’ when Valencia once more broke away along the left, but his cross was cleared for a corner by the defense.
At 83’, Chaka Rodríguez switched field with a long pass to Gignac, who brought the ball down inside the box, but was too closely marked to finish.
Nahuel shone again in the dying moments of the match. At 88’, he anticipated and put an end to a threat; then, at 89’, in two moves, the Argentine blocked a shot in his goal area. Just before the final whistle blow, Hugo Ayala denied the hosts a goal with a sliding tackle.
PACHUCA: 13 Alfonso Blanco; 2 Stiven Barreiro, 5 Víctor Guzmán, 6 Raúl López, 10 Edwin Cardona, 11 José Ulloa (7 Angelo Sagal 68’), 12 Emmanuel García, 14 Erick Aguirre, 16 Jorge Hernández, 23 Oscar Murillo and 29 Franco Jara (33 Ismael Sosa 42’).
MGR.: MARTÍN PALERMO
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza 62, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino, 26 Luis Quiñones (8 Lucas Zelarayán 80’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
1-0 (18’) Own goal by Luis Rodríguez when the ball hits his leg.
1-1 (21’) Javier Aquino’s shot hits a defender and is deflected into the net.
PACHUCA: Emmanuel García (450).
REFEREE: Eduardo Galván
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: José Alfredo López
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Juan Carlos Salinas
FOURTH OFFICIAL: César Arturo Ramos