An impressive performance by Tigres in Morelia!
MORELIA, September 10.- The UANL Tigres offered an impressive performance on the Morelos pitch to remain unbeaten in the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura) after defeating the Morelia Monarcas 2-0, giving them a total of 16 points on the General Table.
At first the local side was in control of their territory, with the danger implicit in overcoming a defensive line like Tigres’, who, after just four minutes, gave their first warning when André-Pierre Gignac unleashed a shot with a half volley.
Tigres gradually began to gain control of the ball, consolidating their defensive recovery and taking the initiative.
Inevitably, Guido Pizarro brought the Morelos fans to their feet at minute six when he received a pass behind the midfield mark, forged ahead between four defenders, brushed off a fifth and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper, making it 1-0.
The just over 5 thousand ‘incomparables’ (Tigres fans) who had travelled to Morelia exploded with joy, with the volume of their cries increasing as the Argentine midfielder ran towards them to celebrate.
Tigres continued to insist with Gignac, at minute 11, and Morelia attempted to respond at 15’, with a set piece by Carlos Morales that crashed into the barrier.
The most dangerous moment for Nahuel Guzmán came at minute 17, when Penilla, in a counterattack, broke away in a two on two, but Hugo Ayala caught him up to disarm him, supported by Torres Nilo.
Later, Ismael Sosa attempted a one-two with Gignac in the zone, but without luck. Then, at minute 25, Lucas Zelarayán’s mid-range grazed past the right-hand post.
At 32’, Hugo Ayala appeared with a header in the zone that the goalkeeper, Rodríguez, barely managed to send the ball over the boundary for a corner. At 36’, Ignacio González sent a header over Nahuel.
Then, at minute 37, in a play that seemed impossible, Javier Aquino recovered a rebound, advanced alone and sent a shot from a distance, slamming the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the net. This spectacular goal brought the score to 2-0.
Afterwards, Tigres maintained the idea of controlling play, though, at 38’, Gignac had the opportunity to make it 3, lowering the ball in the zone, but it was too far ahead and the goalie, Rodríguez, beat him to it.
Just before the end of the first half, González earned a red card for an ugly foul on Torres Nilo’s left ankle.
In the second half, Tigres came out to play reactively, waiting for the opponent, knowing that they would be forced to attack and allowing them greater ball possession.
However, recovery continued to be Tigres’ specialty, although at 56’ a lack of concentration almost cost them a goal against, when Penilla, who had stolen a ball, attempted a shot.
Then, at 65’, Gignac came knocking on the door, stealing a ball in the zone, but lost one-on-one against Rodríguez, the goalie.
At that point, Tuca decided to replace Gringo Torres with Damm, since he had an extra man and there was no need for a second shield.
At 68’, it was Zelarayan’s turn, when his set piece looked to be a certain goal, but Rodríguez deflected the ball for a corner.
Tuca wanted more, so he made the decision, to the delight of the Incomparables, to send on the debutant, Andy Delort, at the 75-minute mark, taking Sosa off.
Our team began to take control of the ball and the field, especially when Aquino was taken off to give an opportunity to Damián Álvarez, who displayed all the typical enthusiasm of the novice.
Damm was injured at 88’ when no more substitutions could be made, while Gignac missed the third when he sent the ball crashing into the post when the goal was completely open.
The final whistle indicated that Tigres remains unbeaten and now has 16 points, placing them in the top spots.
MORELIA: Felipe Rodríguez; Enrique Pérez, Facundo Erpen, David Cabrera, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Raúl Ruidíaz (Luis Gabriel Rey 54’), Cristián Penilla (Jorge Zarate 61’), Emanuel Loeschbor, Diego Valdés (Jefferson Cuero 46’), Carlos Morales and Ignacio González.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Jorge Torres Nilo, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jesús Dueñas, Guido Pizarro, José Francisco Torres (Jürgen Damm 66’), Lucas Zelarayan, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 81’), Ismael Sosa (Andy Delort 75’) and André-Pierre Gignac.