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