Still Leaders: 1-1 in the Derby!
GUADALUPE, March 9th.- The UANL Tigres’ performance was a reflection of their leadership position in the 118th Derby, coming back to equalize 1-1 in the Rayados’ stadium and reaching 23 points in the Clausura 2019 tournament.
The only team that can topple us from the top spot is León, since a win on this matchday would put them ahead on goal difference. Luis Quiñones scored our goal and Funes the host’s.
Our team took a while to settle down on the pitch, allowing the rival to gain possession, but not overlapping in the first few minutes. However, at minute four, Miguel Layún managed a shot that went over the crossbar.
After that, Tigres began to gain possession, displaying recovery and passing the ball.
In fact, at minute 13 Eduardo Vargas, who was alone inside the box, came very close, assisted by Luis Quiñones, but his shot went high.
Despite the offensive miscalculation, Ricardo Ferretti’s men persisted in attacking, resulting in an opportunity at 16’, when Julián Quiñones’ long pass was blocked by Monterrey’s keeper, who came off his line to save the ball.
Minute 18 brought the opponent’s first warning, when Argentinian player Rogelio Funes lowered the ball inside the box, overcoming Carlos Salcedo’s mark, controlled but his shot was blocked spectacularly by Nahuel Guzmán.
A minute afterwards, Julián Quiñones came in from his right, but his cross went just wide of the left-hand post, having already defeated Marcelo Barovero.
At 21’, Jesús Gallardo broke away along the left flank, crossed hoping to find Funes, but Nahuel beat him to the ball, blocking the opportunity.
Yet again, Julián Quiñones controlled the ball on his right, shaking off his mark, although his diagonal shot missed to the left.
Three minutes later, Monterrey scored when Gallardo crossed from the left to Funes, whose backheel got past Nahuel to make it 1-0.
At one goal down, Tigres did their best to bring their courage and fighting spirit to the surface, creating a couple of chances, but without delivering. Just before the end of the first half, Funes came close again, but this time Salcedo blocked his shot and conceded a corner.
For the start of the second half, Tuca replaced Francisco Meza with Hugo Ayala, seeking greater control of the opponent’s attacks.
However, the hosts wanted more, since, at 46’, Layún managed an excellent cross from his right but nobody finished, and Luis Rodríguez cleared the ball away, conceding a corner.
Julián Quiñones responded with a header from inside the box at 49’, although it went over Barovero’s bar. And a minute later, Celso Ortíz’s shot went wide of Nahuel’s goal.
Afterwards, at 55’, Chaka Rodríguez received from the right, advanced and achieved a dangerous cross that Barovero intercepted, putting an end to this opportunity. A minute later, it was Eduardo Vargas who came close with a mid-range shot that was blocked by a defender.
Vargas had a chance at minute 62 when, in a one-two with Julián Quiñones inside the goal area, the Chilean’s cross made its way over the whole of the box without anyone coming forward to finish.
Luis Quiñones came very close at 69’, chipped the ball in the box and got off a powerful shot that Barovero only just managed to save in two moves.
A minute later, Enner Valencia received a long-range pass, broke away from his mark, but was knocked down just outside the box. In the very next play, the Ecuadorian’s shot hit the woodwork.
At 78’, Enner tried again with a mid-distance shot, but the defense intervened, conceding a corner. Just a minute went by when, at 79’, Chaka Rodríguez fired off a shot, forcing Barovero to give away a corner.
Just seconds later, Carioca’s mid-range shot missed to the left. Tigres was putting the pressure on their rivals goal.
It was at minute 81’ that Luis Quiñones appeared along the left flank, crossed and defeated Barovero to equalize. The 1-1 score fired up the thousands of Incomparable fans in the BBVA stadium.
Funes pushed to get his team to react at 84’, with a mid-distance shot over Nahuel’s bar.
Jesús Dueñas also created an opportunity at 87’, receiving outside the box but shot over the bar. Then, at 89’, Enner’s attempt was off target.
Just before the end of the match, a header by Aviles inside the box came close, but was too high.
MONTERREY: 1 Marcelo Barovero; 3 César Montes, 4 Nicolás Sánchez, 7 Rogelio Funes Mori, 8 Dorlan Pabón (23 Johan Vázquez 75’), 11 Leonel Vangioni (9 Adam Bareiro 82’), 16 Celso Ortíz, 17 Jesús Gallardo, 21 Miguel Layún, 29 Carlos Rodríguez and 32 Maximiliano Meza (18 Aviles Hurtado 66’).
MGR.: DIEGO ALONSO
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 21 Francisco Meza (4 Hugo Ayala 46’), 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
1-0 (34’) Rogelio Funes Mori receives in the box and scores.
1-1 (81’) Luis Quiñones breaks away down the left and crosses to defeat Barovero.
MONTERREY: (Dorlan Pabón 18’), César Montes (70’), Rogelio Funes (79’) and Nicolás Sánchez (85’).
TIGRES: Francisco Meza (22’), Guido Pizarro (44’) and Luis Quiñones (82’).
REFEREE: César Ramos
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