Tigres and Pumas replay the last League Final

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Friday, March 11, 2016.- This Saturday’s match will bring back pleasant memories for all the Incomparable Ones (as the Tigres supporters are known), as Tigres and Pumas face off once more after the Final of the Summer  Tournament (Apertura) 2015, and will do so in the Universitario Stadium, which since 2010 has become a true fortress for the northern felines.

The representatives of UANL defeated UNAM in last season’s Final. After the first leg in the Universitario Stadium, the local team was ahead 3-0, while the regular match time of the second leg ended with an overall score of 3-3, sending the teams to overtime which ended 4-4, and finally the match had to be defined by a penalty shoot-out with a triumph for Tigres.

Since the Winter Tournament (Clausura) 2010, these two university teams have competed against each other seven times in the Uni (Tigres) stadium, with an overwhelming balance of 5 victories for Tigres, one draw and just one loss. But, the most interesting part of these matches is that they usually offer a good number of goals.

In these same seven games, Tigres has scored 20 goals compared with just five by Pumas. In fact, the last two meetings ended 3-0, reflecting the strength of Ricardo Ferretti’s players in the offense scheme.

Nevertheless, it is very important for Tigres to triumph once more in the Clausura 2016, because places in the playoffs are highly contended this season. ‘Tuca’s felines have 14 units and are fifth in the table, but there is just one unit between the fifth and eighth places.

‘Tuca’ will have to make an adjustment to his starting lineup, since in last week’s match Guido Pizarro received a red card and will not be playing against Pumas after being suspended by the Disciplinary Commission. With the Argentine on the bench, Tigres will be missing one the men with the best recovery skills in the team.

It will also be another opportunity for the French footballer, André-Pierre Gignac, to increase his lead as the top individual scorer, with 8 goals, scoring every 90 minutes on average.