Fifth Win: 3-2!
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 16th.- The UANL Tigres enjoyed their fifth win of the Clausura 2019 tournament, reaching 16 points and holding onto second place in the Liga MX table, after defeating the Necaxa Rayos 3-2.
André-Pierre Gignac scored two, bringing him just four away from the legendary Tomás Boy, and Enner Valencia the third, giving Tigres five victories in seven matches.
Contrast was the main feature of the first half. Our side started with an opportunity, barely two minutes into the match, when Enner Valencia crossed from the right to André-Pierre Gignac, who came close, but the defense intervened before he could complete a right-footed shot.
Later on, Carlos Salcedo had his turn with a poorly controlled header inside the box that went wide.
At 18’, in a corner kick, Rafael de Souza crossed to the far post, where goalkeeper Hugo González intervened before Francisco Meza could finish.
A minute afterwards, Valencia sent a long pass to Jesús Dueñas, who broke away and crossed to Gignac on his right. The French payer came close to opening the scoring, but the shot went over the crossbar.
This roused the opponent to react, repositioning and pressing forward, putting the pressure on Tigres from the back.
At 23’, in a clear breakaway by the Rayos, Barragán came forward to finish in the box, but Luis Rodríguez prevented the goal with a fine sliding tackle.
At 26’, Ángel Sepúlveda’s shot hit the post, meaning that Nahuel Guzmán’s goal was still safe.
Tigres had a chance at 32’, when Gignac fought and won a one-on-one and passed to Valencia, whose attempt landed in the Necaxa keeper’s hands.
A minute later, Gignac created another opportunity with a mid-range shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to save, conceding a corner.
And just when Necaxa were doing their best to react, Luis Quiñones appeared on the right, broke away and crossed to André-Pierre Gignac, who was facing away from the goal but backheeled the ball into the net, making it 1-0 and bringing the fans in the Universitario Stadium to their feet.
However, the opponent wasn’t about the give up and, at 42’, Nahuel Guzmán only just saved a shot by Luis Gallegos who was hoping to find the corner of the net.
After the break, even though our side was in control of the match, at 54’, the opponent equalized, when Kevin Mercado crossed to the far post, where Brian Fernández’s header made it 1-1.
However, Gignac fought back three minutes later, scoring with a header for Tigres, gleefully celebrated by our Incomparable fans.
Tuca began with his substitutions, taking Meza off and sending on Julián Quiñones, and, before that, replacing Luis Quiñones with Javier Aquino, to put even greater pressure on the opponent’s goal.
Then, at minute 79, Valencia drove down the center, shaking off a defender and put the ball inside the right post, making it 3-1 and practically assuring victory for our team.
But Necaxa wasn’t ready to accept defeat and, at 86’, Rodrigo Contreras’ mid-range shot went past Nahuel into the net by the left-hand post, bringing the score to 3-2.
Just before the end of the match, top scorer Fernández silenced the Incomparable Ones when he made it 3-3, but two minutes later, assisted by VAR, referee Francisco Chacón disallowed the goal for offside.
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia, 15 Francisco Venegas (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 74’), 21 Francisco Meza (33 Julián Quiñones 58’), 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 55’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
NECAXA: 1 Hugo Rodríguez; 4 Alexis Peña, 5 Fernando Meza, 9 Martín Barragán (27 Rodrigo Contreras 76’), 11 Brian Fernández, 12 Carlos Guzmán (2 Brayan Beckeles 72’), 18 Luis Gallegos, 23 Ángel Sepúlveda (8 Facundo Castro 72’), 24 Fernando González, 26 Cristián Calderón and 30 Kevin Mercado.
MGR.: GUILLERMO VÁZQUEZ
1-0 (39’) Luis Quiñones breaks away down the right, crosses to André-Pierre Gignac, who backheels the ball into the net.
1-1 (54’) Kevin Mercado crosses to the far post, where Brian Fernández heads the ball in.
2-1 (58) André-Pierre Gignac scores with a header.
3-1 (79’) Enner Valencia controls, shakes off his mark, shoots inside the right post and scores.
3-2 (86’) Rodrigo Contreras mid-range shot finds the inside of the left-hand post.
REFEREE: Francisco Chacón
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Mario López
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Eduardo Acosta
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Aldo Cano