A Loss and a Red Card in Guadalajara
GUADALAJARA, July 28th.- UANL Tigres was forced to play shorthanded as of the 23rd minute and suffered their first loss in the Apertura 2019 Tournament, falling 2-0 to Guadalajara.
André-Pierre Gignac came close to scoring several times, but his record-breaking 105 goals will have to wait another week.
It wasn’t the best of evenings for our side, since at minute nine, they were already down by a goal when Antonio Briseño scored, and afterwards at 21’, Carlos Salcedo was given a straight red card, leaving Tigres with just ten players.
From then on, Ricardo Ferretti’s men tried to get reorganized, as Tuca had to replace Eduardo Vargas with Jorge Torres Nilo to strengthen the area at the back where Salcedo had been.
Once they were organized in the back, Tigres began to put pressure on the opponent’s net, reflected, at minute 28, when André-Pierre Gignac broke away unmarked, penetrated the box, got off a shot that the goalkeeper deflected and, in the counterattack, the ball hit the post, although the referee had already signaled offside for the French player.
At 32’, Nahuel Guzmán spectacularly intercepted a powerful attempt and then, in stoppage time, Gignac’s shot off a half-turn went wide of the right post.
In the second half, Tigres were better positioned, with Nahuel playing at times as a third center-back, though he managed to get into place to block a shot at minute 48.
At 50’, Luis Rodríguez powered into the box but lost the ball which found Luis Quiñones, only for his shot to be saved by the keeper.
From then on, Tigres dominated the game, and, at minute 58, goalkeeper José Antonio Rodríguez intercepted a goal by Gignac, whose header was sent out for a corner by the Chivas keeper with a one-handed save.
Soon after, at 71’, Gignac took a direct free kick that looked as though it would surely go in, but the keeper yet again made a good save to deny Tigres the equalizer and the French player his 105th goal.
Tigres began to take control of the match, recovering rapidly against a team that focused on defending and sought to counterattack.
In this way, the opponent found the second goal when they were awarded a penalty, which Alan Pulido converted with 95 minutes on the clock.
GUADALAJARA: 4 José A. Rodríguez; 2 Josecarlos Van Ranking, 3 Oswaldo Alanís, 9 Alan Pulido, 10 Javier López (31 Alan Cervantes 82’), 11 Isaac Brizuela, 14 Antonio Briseño, 16 Miguel Ponce, 20 Jesús Molina (Dieter Villalpando 74’), 24 Oribe Peralta (7 Alexis Vega 78’) and 25 Michael Pérez.
MGR.: TOMÁS BOY
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas (Jorge Torres Nilo 28’), 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 19 Guido Pizarro, 23 Luis Quiñones, 25 Jürgen Damm (13 Enner Valencia 66’), 27 Jair Díaz and 28 Luis Rodríguez.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
- (9’) Antonio Briseño header to the center of the goal following a corner.
- (95’) Penalty converted by Alan Pulido.
GUADALAJARA: Jesús Molina (45’), Michel Pérez (82’)
TIGRES: Eduardo Vargas (24’), Luis Quiñones (24’), André-Pierre Gignac (64’)
GUADALAJARA: Tomás Boy MGR. (64’)
TIGRES: Carlos Salcedo (23’)
Referee: Oscar Macías Romo
Assistant referee No. 1: Christian Espinoza
Assistant referee No. 2: César Cerritos
Fourth official: Guillermo Pacheco