Stupendous night for Gignac and for Tigres: 6-1
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, November 10.- In a stupendous night for French footballer André-Pierre Gignac, who scored four goals and assisted another two, the UANL Tigres defeated Puebla 6-1 and are on track for the Apertura 2018 Playoffs.
Gignac’s haul shot him to the top goal scorer spot in the Apertura 2018, with a total of 14, just one fixture before the end of the tournament’s regular phase.
The rain that began to fall in the evening looked as though it would complicate the teams performance, particularly our side who at first was slow to gain possession.
At minute 17, in the opponent’s very first opportunity, Nahuel Guzmán one-handedly cleared the ball, Luis Rodríguez attempted to get it out the box, but Lucas Cavallini was quick off the mark and scored.
The 0-1 was as shocking as the icy rain falling on the Universitario Stadium, which was silenced for a few seconds, but brought back to life, together with the team, when, at minute 24, VAR confirmed André-Pierre Gignac’s goal.
Carioca’s powerful shot was deflected by Vikonis and the Frenchman slid in to score, in a play that left Puebla’s goalkeeper injured with a fractured fibula. The linesman annulled the goal, but VAR reversed his decision.
From then on, our side fully dominated their opponent. At minute 37, Gignac crossed to Eduardo Vargas, who broke through and made it 2-1 with a diagonal shot that sent the Incomparable Ones wild.
At 43’, Gignac was fouled outside the box and the French player’s direct free kick found the upper right-hand corner of the net. With the score at 3-1, our side’s victory was practically guaranteed.
Just as the first half was drawing to a close, Gignac yet again appeared on the left, having received from Julián Quiñones, and passed to Vargas, who broke into the box and completed his brace to make it 4-1.
Javier Aquino was substituted for the second half, since Tuca sent Jair Díaz on to the field, to earn more youth player minutes. It was not long before Gignac, at minute 48, broke into the box and scored his third of the night with a mid-height cross, making it 5-1.
Tigres’ control of both the match and the score was complete and, at minute 66, Vargas attacked from the left, crossed to Gignac, whose shot from outside the goal area, though difficult, was sufficient to bring the score to 6-1.
The Frenchman’s restrained celebrations contrasted with those of the Incomparable Ones, since our striker, who reached a personal total of 14 goals, was astounded at having scored four goals for the first time ever in Mexico.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Juninho (Francisco Meza 68’), Hugo Ayala, Jesús Dueñas, Rafael de Souza, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Jair Díaz 46’), Julián Quiñones (Enner Valencia 65’), Eduardo Vargas and André-Pierre Gignac.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
PUEBLA: Nicolás Vikonis (Jesús Rodríguez 25’); Alejandro Chumacero, Daniel Arreola, Lucas Cavallini, Christián Tabó Félix Micolta (55’), Diego Cruz (Hugo Rodríguez 75’), Alonso Zamora, Luis Robles, Omar Fernández, José Pallas and Vladimir Noroña.
0-1 (17’) Lucas Cavallini pushes in a ball that Luis Rodríguez was unable to clear.
1-1 (24’) Rafael de Souza shot is blocked by the goalkeeper and André-Pierre Gignac moves forward to score.
2-1 (37’) André-Pierre Gignac passes to Eduardo Vargas, who breaks through and scores.
3-1 (40’) André-Pierre Gignac’s direct free kick finds the upper right-hand corner of the net.
4-1 (43’) André-Pierre Gignac breaks away down the left, crosses to Eduardo Vargas who comes into the box to score.
5-1 (48’) André-Pierre Gignac wins a ball, defeats a defender and scores with a mid-height cross.
6-1 (64’) André- Pierre Gignac puts a difficult shot from outside the box past the goalkeeper.
TIGRES: Luis Rodríguez (83’), André-Pierre Gignac (88’)
PUEBLA: Alejandro Chumacero (32’), Luis Robles (40’), Daniel Arreola (84’)
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