Power-to-power draw: 2-2!
MÉXICO, D.F. August 23.-In a power-to-power match, the UANL Tigres let victory slip away from them in the Azteca Stadium just four minutes before the end, to draw 2-2 against the América Águilas.
Manager Ricardo Ferretti surprised everyone by leaving players such as André-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas and Ismael Sosa on the bench, leaving the match to Enner Valencia, who didn’t disappoint, since he scored two goals, bringing his personal total to five.
Our side controlled the first half of the match, circulating the ball from side to side and showing recovery in the defensive zone, where Hugo Ayala and Francisco Meza were definitely in charge.
At minute six, Lucas Zelarayán’s shot following a set-piece situation went over Agustín Marchesin’s goal. This was the first warning from our team, which looked compact when seeking the opponent’s goal.
Then, at 9’, Jürgen Damm broke away down the right, entered the box, but the goalkeeper came of his line to save his shot.
A minute, Javier Aquino’s header met Enner Valencia in the area, but a defender who broke away down the flank put a stop to this opportunity.
Zelarayán almost scored at 16’, when Damm on the right sent a low ball in the box to Chino who came face-to-face with Marchesin, but his shot was off-target and hit Valencia’s hand, stopping the play.
América had their first opportunity at minute 18, when Pablo Aguilar found a ball in the area, though his shot went way over Nahuel Guzmán’s crossbar.
Two minutes later, Damm came up the right, entered the box and a foul on him resulted in a penalty shot for Tigres. At 21’, Valencia converts the penalty with a shot to the center of the goal, making it 1-0.
After the goal, the opponent, remembering that they were at home, moved forward and began to pressure Tigres’ defense, keeping Nahuel on his toes more than once.
However, the defense stood firm until minute 40, when William Da Silva received on the edge of the box, made his way through and crossed to defeat Nahuel and equalize, to the delight of the home fans in the stands.
At 42’, just before half-time, our team reacted with a play by Damm on the right, whose cross was met with a header by Zelarayán, but Marchesin saved the ball, silencing the cries of ‘goal’.
América came out in the second half determined to turn the score around, and, at 48’, a shot by Cecilio Domínguez went into Nahuel’s hands.
Miguel Samudio shook Nahuel’s right post at 51’, saving Tigres from the second goal against at a time when the rival was beginning to take control of the match.
At minute 58, Domínguez’s header went over Nahuel, in what looked as though it would be América’s second goal.
Tuca decided to make his first substitution at minute 62, replacing Zelarayán with André-Pierre Gignac, clearly seeking to reinforce the attack.
His plan seemed to be working when, at minute 70, Aquino crossed from the left, the ball hit a defender, almost stopping still, when Valencia appeared and defeated Marchesin, making it 2-1 for Tigres.
At 82’, Tuca made his second substitution, taking Israel Jiménez off and sending young Damián Torres on, to refresh the double shield in the midfield area. Later on, he took Acosta off to give Iván Estrada an opportunity.
But at 86’, a lack of focus during a corner play, where Alejandro Díaz, who had just come on, defeated Nahuel to bring the final score to 2-2.
In injury time, Tigres had an opportunity with a header by Meza that went wide of the right post, and then Gignac’s attempt from inside the box was obstructed.
AMÉRICA: Agustín Marchesin; Guido Rodríguez, Miguel Samudio, William Da Silva, Cecilio Domínguez, Pablo Aguilar (Edson Álvarez 76’), Bruno Valdez, Paul Aguilar, Renato Ibarra, Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta (Alejandro Díaz 84’).
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Alberto Acosta (Iván Estrada 84’), Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Israel Jiménez (Damián Torres 82’), Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm, Lucas Zelarayan (André-Pierre Gignac 62’) and Enner Valencia 83.
0-1 (21’) Penalty taken by Enner Valencia after a foul on Jürgen Damm.
1-1 (40’) William Da Silva receives in the box and crosses to defeat Nahuel Guzmán.
1-2 (70’) Javier Aquino crosses from the left, the ball hits a defender and drops in the box, so that Enner Valencia could take it up to score.
2-2 (86’) Alejandro Díaz takes advantage of a dead ball off a corner to score.
AMÉRICA: Oribe Peralta (29’)
TIGRES: Alberto Acosta (24’), Nahuel Guzmán (31’)
No. 1: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava