First Home Win: 2-1!
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 2nd.- The UANL Tigres achieved yet another win this evening in the Clausura 2019 tournament, after defeating the Torreón Santos 2-1, which brought their total to 10 points and kept them near the top of the general table.
Enner Valencia, in the first half, and André-Pierre Gignac, in the second, scored the goals that gave the felines their first home win of the season, which also showcased Francisco Venegas’ debut with Ricardo Ferretti’s team.
Our team seemed to be having a hard time at the start of the match against a visiting side that was unwilling to drop their guard.
At minute eight, André-Pierre Gignac broke away, but his attempt ended up in Jonathan Orozco’s hands. Meanwhile, Nahuel Guzmán, saved us twice, first conceding a corner and then blocking a fierce shot on the line.
Later, at 13’, Javier Aquino’s attempt went wide of the net. A minute afterwards, following a corner play, Enner Valencia, despite the commotion, kept a clear head to put the ball past Orozco and bring the score to 1-0 and the fans to their feet in the Universitario Stadium.
It was Luis Quiñones’ turn at minute 19, breaking into the box with an individual play, but his shot was easily saved by Santos’ goalkeeper.
Marcelo Correo responded for the visitors, at 25’, but Patón’s magnificent save dominated the shot. Then, at 26’, José Abella’s opportunity was off target.
Gignac came very close to the second at minute 29, when the ball went over the goalkeeper only to bounce off the crossbar, allowing Santos to breathe a sigh of relief.
Gignac was unable to take advantage of another chance when, at minute 35, he lowered a ball inside the goal area, face-to-face with the net, but his attempt went over the crossbar.
Just when it seemed as though Tigres would go to the break ahead on the scoreboard, Julio Furch appeared with a high mid-distance shot that curved downwards in time to level the score to 1-1.
Tigres was forced to attack from the start of the second half and, just a minute in, at 46’, Valencia came close, but his attempt was intercepted by the opponent, conceding a corner. Two minutes on, Luis Quiñones moved up along the right, crossed to Gignac who headed the ball into the net.
Our side well deserved the 2-1 lead, with their possession and efforts to attack in every play.
At 59’, Quiñones broke away and came close with a shot that went wide; then, at 61’, Gignac’s shot was blocked, Valencia counterattacked, but again the defense intervened.
Tigres was creating opportunities and the evening got even better for them when, at minute 66, Doria Matheus was show the red card for a serious foul on Luis Quiñones.
This took the pressure off our side, who began to improve their passing in every corner of the pitch.
Tuca started to make some substitutions, replacing Javier Aquino with Jesús Dueñas, and then Valencia with Eduardo Vargas, moves that seemed to bear fruit fairly quickly since, at minute 80, the Chilean came very close with a shot inside the box that ultimately hit the left-hand post.
Julián Quiñones then replaced Gignac, clearly seeking to generate opportunities from any point along the attacking line.
At minute 89, Julián Quiñones escaped along the right flank, but the defense intercepted his cross to concede a corner. Tigres had the ball, but was losing depth.
However, Jesús Dueñas soon contradicted this at 91’, with a powerful shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to save, conceding a corner.
Dueñas repeated this play at 92’, when he made his way into the box, closely marked, but again Orozco saved the shot and conceded a corner.
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac (33 Julián Quiñones 84’), 13 Enner Valencia (9 Eduardo Vargas 78’), 15 Francisco Venegas, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (29 Jesús Dueñas 75’), 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones and 28 Luis Rodríguez.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
SANTOS: 1 Jonathan Orozco; 2 José Abella, 4 Jesús Ángulo, 5 Hugo Nervo, 7 Bryan Garnica (18 Eduar Preciado 63’), 9 Julio Furch, 10 Diego Valdes, 15 Brian Lozano (20 Hugo Rodríguez 70’), 21 Doria Matheus, 23 José Vázquez and 24 Marcelo Correa (11 Marlos Moreno 77’).
MGR.: SALVADOR REYES JR.
1-0 (14’) Enner Valencia finishes inside the box following a corner.
1-1 (43’) Julio Furch scores with a mid-range arcing shot.
2-1 (48’) Luis Quiñones crosses from the right and André-Pierre Gignac heads the ball in.
TIGRES: Francisco Venegas (30’).
SANTOS: José Abella (15’)
SANTOS: Doria Matrheus (66’)
REFEREE: Erick Yair Miranda
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Pablo Hernández
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: José de Jesús Baños
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Oscar Mejía