A Commanding Victory: 3-0!
TIJUANA, January 12th.- The UANL Tigres made it quite clear that they are more serious than ever in the Clausura 2019, thrashing the Tijuana Xolos 3-0 in away game and remaining undefeated in the Liga MX.
With an own goal by Luis Fuentes, and goals by André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas, Ricardo Ferretti’s players reached four points to position themselves in the top group of the general table.
During the first 45 minutes , it seemed that either side could score, since both teams had opportunities in the box. However, the level of precision and effectiveness of their attack led to a nil-nil score at half time.
Tigres, who attacked more than last week, had a chance with Julián Quiñones at minute 21, but his attempt went high, drawing a cry of disappointment from the stands.
Not long after, it was André-Pierre Gignac’s turn when, assisted by Guido Pizarro with a cross, his right-footed shot missed to the right.
Just two minutes went by when a shot by an unmarked Luis Quiñones, from an onside position inside the box, went over the crossbar, putting an end to this goal opportunity for our side.
The hosts put the Incomparable Ones on the edge of their seats three times, but none of these attempts were on target in Nahuel Guzmán’s goal.
After the break, Tuca responded by sending Jesús Dueñas to replace Jair Díaz on the left to fortify recovery and control.
Julián Quiñones came close at 48’, with a header inside the box, but the defense, intervened on the line and conceded a corner. In the very next play, Guido Pizarro’s mid-range shot went wide of the right post.
Tigres was beginning to put the pressure on more, particularly along the flanks, where Dueñas and Luis Quiñones on the left and Julián on the right with Chaka Rodríguez, were creating excellent opportunities, even in corner kicks.
At minute 59, precisely in a corner kick, our side put the pressure on, resulting in Luis Fuentes pushing the ball into his own net, making it 1-0 in favor of Tuca Ferretti’s players.
At 69’, Julián missed the second goal unbelievably, when Enner Valencia came in from the left, shook off a defender and crossed towards Julián and Gignac, but the Colombian’s attempt was blocked on the line by the defense.
Soon after, at minute 74, Gignac, along the left flank, broke through in an individual play, crossed at an angle to make it 2-0 and put our team on track for a victory.
Tuca then made his second substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Jürgen Damm, and later took Gignac off to give Eduardo Vargas an opportunity, thus maintaining the team’s strong attack.
This strategy bore fruit at minute 86, when, following a corner, the defense cleared a ball that then found Vargas, whose powerful shot from outside the box put the finishing touch to the evening’s landslide for Tigres.
There was a chance for a fourth in stoppage time, but the right post intercepted Vargas’ shot, putting an end to this final option of the match.
TIJUANA: 25 Manuel Lajud; 2 Julián Velázquez, 3 Luis Fuentes, 7 Diego González, 8 José Rivero, 9 Juan Lucero, 15 Diego Rodríguez (20 Jesús Angiulo 78’), 16 Diego Briaghieri, 19 Erick Torres (14 Joe Corona 56’), 23 Miler Bolaños and 24 Luis Chávez (11 Eryc Castillo 65’).
MGR.: OSCAR PAREJA
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac (9 Eduardo Vargas 81’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 21 Francisco Meza, 23 Jair Díaz (29 Jesús Dueñas 46’), 26 Luis Quiñones (25 Jürgen Damm 78’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 33 Julián Quiñones.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
0-1 (59’) Following a corner, Luis Fuentes puts the ball into his own net.
0-2 (74’) André-Pierre Gignac, in an individual play, breaks through, crosses at an angle and scores.
0-3 (86′) Edu Vargas scores from outside the box.
TIJUANA: Julián Velázquez (30’) y Diego González (54’)
TIGRES: Jair Díaz (39’)
REFEREE: Oscar Macías Romo
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Israel Valenciano
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Eduardo Acosta
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Guillermo Pacheco