Another Win Brings Tigres Closer to the Leader: 2-0!
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 6.- The UANL Tigres are still engaged in a close battle for the top spot in the Liga MX, having defeated the UNAM Pumas 2-0 this evening, adding the team’s 27th, 28th and 29th points to their total in the Clausura 2019 tournament.
Julián Quiñones scored a brace to assure a victory that was well deserved from start to finish, against an opponent who could have done more, but was thwarted by Nahuel Guzmán.
The first half was somewhat subdued at first, with Tigres trying to gain possession but struggling to break into the opponent’s box, while focusing on pressing forward rapidly in order to do some damage.
With only four minutes on the clock, our side generated an opportunity outside Pumas’ box, but Enner Valencia’s attempt ended up in the keeper’s hands.
Two minutes on, the opponent showed that the evening would not be peaceful, forcing Nahuel Guzmán to block Carlos González’s shot from outside the penalty area and concede a corner.
Then, at 13’, Julián Quiñones sent a long pass to Valencia, who got off a shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to send out for a corner.
Javier Aquino, who has been a starter since recovering from his injury, came close at 21’, but a defender intervened just as he was about to fire off a shot.
A minute later, our team had a lucky escape when Andrés Iniestra’s attempt was cleared by Carlos Salcedo and, in the counterattack, Carlos González sent the ball wide to the left.
Francisco Venegas, adding on more minutes for the youth player rule, made his way into the box after a one-two with Guido Pizarro, but his shot was cleared by the defense for a corner.
The next play delivered our goal, when the ball was left adrift and Julián Quiñones advanced to push it in and bring the score to 1-0.
Pumas fought back putting Patón Guzmán to the test again, at 34’, when Andrés Angulo came face-to-face with the Argentine keeper who blocked the shot, avoiding the equalizer.
Two minutes afterwards, Julián had a chance inside the box again, but his attempt went high over the bar.
Kevin Escamilla gave Pumas hope with a powerful shot that barely missed to the left of Nahuel’s goal.
Just before the end of the first half, our side created two fine opportunities, first when Valencia advanced down the right but his cross to Aquino was too long, and then the Ecuadorian footballer fired off a powerful shot that was blocked by the goalkeeper, conceding a corner.
In the second half, Tigres enjoyed better recovery and attacking, reflected at 46’ when Paco Venegas crossed, though no one was there to finish, and again at 47’ when Valencia’s shot was saved by the keeper.
At 52’, Valencia advanced down the center and crossed to Julián Quiñones, who broke into the box unmarked to make it 2-0 and send the fans into a frenzy.
Later, at 55’, Vargas’ attempt went wide to the left, then, at 62’, Valencia did the same after firing off a direct free kick.
Pumas had a chance at 68’, with a free kick that forced Nahuel to stretch himself to the limit to save and concede a corner.
At minute 72, Chaka Rodríguez sent a long-range pass to Julián, who broke away and crossed to Valencia, enabling the Ecuadorian to enter the box and shoot, but the goalkeeper intervened.
Pumas came close at 76’, but Tigres sighed with relief when Carlos González’s header from inside the box was blocked by the crossbar. Just twenty-five seconds later, Vargas’ header went wide of the left post.
Vargas had a chance to score a superb goal at 81’, when Julián crossed from the right and the Chilean backheeled the ball into the netkeeper’s hands.
Julián came close to the third at minute 87, when, receiving from the right, he made his way into the penalty area alone, but the keeper deflected the shot, which found Jesús Dueñas, whose attempt missed to the right.
Nahuel blocked a shot by Carlos González from point-blank range. In the very next play, Julián broke away and crossed to Valencia, who penetrated the box unmarked, but the defense intervened when he was trying to shake off the keeper to score what could have been Tigres’ third.
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (29 Jesús Dueñas 54’), 9 Eduardo Vargas (26 Luis Quiñones 87’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 71’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
UNAM: 1 Alfredo Saldívar; 2 Alan Mozo, 3 Alejandro Arribas, 4 Luis Quintana, 6 Rafael Escamilla, 10 Víctor Malcorra, 15 Juan Iturbe (8 Pablo Barrera 69’), 16 Andrés Iniestra, 17 Martín Rodríguez (9 Felipe Mora 54’), 23 Andrés Angulo and 32 Carlos González (96 Brian Mendoza 87’).
MGR.: BRUNO MARIONI
1-0 (28’) Corner play leaves the ball adrift and Julián Quiñones advances to push it into the net.
2-0 (52’) Enner Valencia from the right passes to Julián Quiñones, who draws the goalkeeper off his line and scores.
UNAM: Luis Quintana (62’), Andrés Angulo (83’)
REFEREE: César Arturo Ramos
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Alberto Morín
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Telly Saldívar
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Brian González