Tigres come back to gain upper hand: 2-1!

    SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, November 29.-The UANL Tigres came back from behind to defeat the UNAMPumas 2-1, gaining the upper hand for the next leg in Mexico City, where they will be looking for a spot in the Semifinals.

                Javier Aquino, in collaboration with a defender, andJesús Dueñas scored the goals that  electrified the over 41 thousand Incomparable Ones who filled the Universitario Stadium to capacity.


                FIRST HALF

                As soon as the whistle was blown, Tigres showed that their goal was to strike first, but they were facing a well-organized opponent who was waiting for their hosts to make a mistake so they could score.

                At minute seven, our side had their first chance through André-Pierre Gignac, whose shot from outside the box came very close, but barreled past the right post.

                And Pumas didn’t waste any team  and had an opportunity in the very next minute, taking advantage of a defensive error that had left a loose ball inside the box, whereFelipe Mora unforgivingly shot the ball powerfully past Nahuel Guzmán.

                Being down in the score wasn’t the only thing happening on the pitch. Pumas was beginning to waste time and the referee became rather fastidious, showing Guido Pizarro a yellow card, but not the visitors when they deserved it.

                At 15’, Javier Aquino, who was playing an important role on the left flank, penetrated the box and managed a shot that goalkeeper Saldívar only just managed to block inside his own area.

                Pumas tried to respond, this time through Carlos González, whose attempt went wide of Patón’s net.

                André-Pierre Gignac, who received a standing ovation at minute 10 for his top scorer title, came very close at 32’, but his shot from outside the box was blocked by Pumas’ goalkeeper.

                Then, at 34’, in a clear counterattack, Luis Rodríguez received from the right inside the box, but his strong shot missed the net.

                Later on, Eduardo Vargas very nearly equalized, when the ball found him inside the box, but Saldívar intervened with a practically miraculous shot.

                Tigres was beginning to put the pressure on, since, at 41’, it was Gignac’s turn with a direct free kick that barely missed to the left, where Juninho was unable to finish.

                Towards the end of the first half, Aquino took a chance at a mid-distance shot, but it went over the crossbar.


                SECOND HALF

                In the second half, Tigres moved its lines forward and the opponent sought to take advantage of this strategy, since, at 46’, Carlos González came close the second, but his shot missed to the right.

                Aquino broke away at 48’, penetrated the penalty area between two defenders, but ultimately the chance was missed when they stole the ball from him. Then, at 49’, Malcorra almost scored, but his left-footed shot was off target.

                At 57’, Chaka Rodríguez advanced in a one-two with Gignac, passed again to the French player, who was inside the box, but the defense intervened.

                Chaka Rodríguez, at minute 65, assisted by Vargas from the right, raced into the box, but the defense intercepted his low cross before Gignac could move forward.

                However, at minute 68, their persistence was rewarded, thanks to Tigres’ best player so  far in this match, Javier Aquino, whose long-distance shot hit a defender to be deflected into the back of the net. The hard-fought 1-1 was now a reality.

                Two minutes on, Vargas came close to the second, when he received from the right, but this time the woodwork intervened and silenced the cries of ‘goal’.

               Chaka, at 76, came in from the right in a one-two withVargas, but the goalkeeper blocked his shot.

                Jesús Dueñas made the Universitario explode with joy at minute 80, when he stole the ball, made his way through surrounded by five defenders and put the ball into the net by the left post, scoring a superb goal and turning the score around to2-1.

               Tuca decided on the first substitution taking Vargas off and sending Enner Valencia on, at 86’, with the clear idea of seeking the third that would give them an easier second leg.

                In injury time,  he replaced Aquino with Damm, but there wasn’t enough time left to score the third.



TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Jesús Dueñas, Rafael de Souza, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Jürgen Damm 92’), Eduardo Vargas (Enner Valencia 86’) and André-Pierre Gignac.


UNAM: Alfredo Saldívar; Alan Mozo, Alejandro Arribas, Luis Quintana, Alan Mendoza, Pablo Barrera, Felipe Mora (Matías Alustiza 78’), Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Martín Rodríguez (Juan Iturbe 78’) and Carlos González (David Cabrera 86’).




0-1   (9’) Felipe Mora’s cross from inside the box defeats Nahuel Guzmán.

1-1 (68’) Javier Aquino’s long-distance shot is deflected by the defense and he scores.

2-1 (80’) Jesús Dueñas takes the ball outside the box and puts it inside the left post.



TIGRES: Guido Pizarro (20’)

UNAM: Alan Mendoza (91’)





 Referee: Oscar Macías

 Assistant referee No. 1: Mario López

Assistant referee No. 2: Miguel Chua

Fourth official: Francisco Chacón