A Hundred for Tigres: 1-0!
GUADALAJARA, February 22nd.- A penalty shot at minute 92 gave André-Pierre Gignac his 100th goal and the UANL Tigres a 1-0 victory over the Atlas Rojinegros.
Just when it looked as though the match would end in a draw, Luis Quiñones, who was giving the defense a hard time, was pulled inside the box and awarded a penalty by the referee. Gignac converted with a shot to the goalkeeper’s left, bringing him just four goals away from the historic Tomás Boy.
The first 45 minutes delivered few opportunities for either side, with both teams studying each other, particularly when they had possession of the ball.
Nevertheless, Tigres created the first opportunity at minute six from a direct free kick, but Enner Valencia’s attempt went over the crossbar.
The opponent responded a minute later, when Nahuel Guzmán deflected a ball inside the box and Juan Vigón came forward, but his header was too high
After that, the match was played from end to end, though without disturbing the goalkeepers, with Tigres looking for long passes to Gignac, Valencia or Quiñones, while Atlas tried to pass the ball more pitch-wide.
At 38’, Osvaldo Martínez, from a direct free kick, rattled the Incomparable fans with a shot that went over the bar and then, at 44’, Gignac’s attempt was blocked by the goalkeeper.
After the break, Atlas took the initiative though our side stood firm in the defensive zone, with Carlos Salcedo and Hugo Ayala working well together, leaving Chaka Rodríguez and Francisco Venegas to break away along the flanks.
Nevertheless, Tigres pressed forward, and, at 46’ Luis Quiñones crossed looking for Gignac, but the French player was unable to finish. Then, at 48’, Gignac crossed to Valencia, who lowered the ball and shot, but the defense intervened.
At 51’, Nahuel blocked an attempt by Isijara, as Atlas reinforced their attack, and then Gignac just missed a scissors kick, assisted by Chaka Rodríguez from the right.
Beforehand, Facundo Barceló came close to scoring, but his shot from inside the box went wide of Nahuel’s left-hand post.
Vigón had a chance at 63’, but Nahuel easily saved the shot, then, two minutes later, Valencia broke into the box, but his cross missed to the left.
Tuca then decided to make his first substitutions, replacing Valencia and Carioca with Eduardo Vargas and Jesús Dueñas, thus consolidating the midfield and ball recovery.
This drove Tigres to improve their game, and, at 76’, Guido Pizarro’s header, following a corner, missed to the left.
Two minutes went by and Gignac came close, after a one-two with Eduardo Vargas, to shoot from in front of the goal, forcing the goalkeeper to make a diving save.
Our team was creating chances, though later on the French player just missed a cross from Vargas that looked as though it would be a goal.