The time has come, our fifth title is in sight

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday, December 24, 2016.- The countdown is over. This Sunday, Tigres has an engagement with Mexican football history when they host América, and do so with two goals in mind: to be champions of the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura) and to embroider a fifth star on the crest that is a source of great pride for all the Incomparable Ones.

The first chapter of the Final ended in a 1-1 draw on the pitch of the Azteca Stadium, with André-Pierre Gignac continuing on his quest to become the bane of the Águilas, against whom he has scored in all the League and Playoff matches between the two sides.

In four matches, three in the regular tournament and one in the Fiesta Grande, he has always left an indelible mark on América with goals.

This Sunday, 25th December, on Christmas Day, the champion of the 2016 Apertura will be defined, and the felines hope that their Christmas gift to the fans will be another title, something that happened in the 2011 Apertura, also held in December – a feat that will never be erased from the supporters’ memories.

The aggregate score right now is 1-1, putting both sides on an equal footing, because neither away goals nor General Table ranking count in the Final, just the goals. If the second leg ends in a tie, the match would go to extra time or be decided in a penalty shootout, if necessary.

Right now, Gignac’s participation with Tigres in the second leg is in doubt, after having to leave the pitch in the first leg as a result of a cervical sprain. The team will have to wait until the very last minute to see if he has recovered sufficiently to play with his side.

Apart from the feline’s fifth title, the team will also be commemorating Ricardo Ferretti’s thousandth match in the League and Playoffs since he began his career in 1991, and what better way to celebrate than with a championship, which would also be his fifth and third with the universitarios.

The Uni (Tigres’ stadium) will be ablaze this Sunday and, if everything works out as hoped, the Incomparable One will be celebrating a very merry Christmas with a new League title.