Tigres Suffers a Defeat at Pachuca

PACHUCA, Hidalgo, August 12.- The UANL Tigres left the Hidalgo Stadium pointless after suffering a 2-1 defeat tonight against the Pachuca Tuzos, remaining on five points in the Apertura 2017.
Although they played some fine football at times and displayed a certain level of control over the opponent, they were unable to find the points, despite having equalized 1-1 with a penalty taken by André-Pierre Gignac.

FIRST HALF
Both sides started the match somewhat cautiously, although the hosts had the first opportunity inside the box at minute 6, but the attempt ended up in a goal kick.
In just their second attacking play, Pachuca opened the scoring when Urretaviscaya, in a one-two with Sagal, came face-to-face with Nahuel Guzmán to score as the Argentine came off his line.
The goal should have given the Tuzos greater confidence and control of the game, but our team began to gain possession and greater ball circulation, even attempting mid- and long-range shots.
At 14’, Lucas Zelarayan’s attempt from outside the box went over Conejo Pérez’s goal, and then, at minute 24, a confident Jesús Dueñas looked as though he would surely score off a long-distance shot, but Conejo’s save conceded a corner.
Tigres was pressing forward to the Tuzos’ goal and, at 25’, as he was about to head a ball in the air, Eduardo Vargas was brought down inside the box to earn a penalty kick for his side.
André-Pierre Gignac asked for the ball and brought the score to 1-1: his 60th goal in Mexican football, which also made him the fourth best scorer in the history of the UANL Tigres, surpassing Jerónimo Barbadillo.
At 31’, the Frenchman once more made his way through to penetrate the box, although the ball ended up in the hands of the Tuzos’ netkeeper.
Tuzos closed the first half with an attempt on a one-two play. First, Urretaviscaya’s shot flew over Nahuel at 42’, and, at 45’, the Uruguayan Tuzo sent the ball wide of the right-hand post.

SECOND HALF
Pachuca put the pressure on at the start of the second half, and, at 46’, Juninho cleared the ball in the box on seeing that Nahuel had been defeated, but minute 47 saw the felines’ reaction when Gignac’s shot went just wide of the left post.
Later, at 49’, Javier Aquino had a chance inside the box, but Oscar Pérez managed a save at point blank range.
Then, at minute 51, Erick Gutiérrez’s attempt went over Nahuel’s crossbar.
Tuca made his first substitution at minute 62, replacing Sosa with Damm, and within a minute, the Mexican National player crossed to Gignac, whose shot skimmed past the right post.
Tuca then sought to refresh Tigres’ attack sending Enner Valencia on to substitute the Chilean Eduardo Vargas, at minute 73.
The Ecuadorian footballer had only been on the pitch for 50 seconds when he attempted a mid-range shot that went wide of the right post.
But Tuzos surprised our team’s defense with a deep ball that targeted Erick Gutiérrez, who entered the box unmarked and defeated Nahuel to make it 2-1 at 79’, making things difficult for Tigres.
At 89’, Gignac almost equalized, but his header went over the goal, just centimeters above the crossbar.
In the very last play, in injury time, Nahuel Guzmán attacked off a corner, but the opportunity was wasted with a cross that was completely off target.

LINEUPS
PACHUCA: Oscar Pérez; Víctor Guzmán, Raúl López, Angelo Sagal (Roberto de la Rosa 78’), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Emmanuel García, Erick Aguirre (Edson Puch 66’), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, Oscar Murillo and Robert Herrera.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Alberto Acosta, Jesús Dueñas, Lucas Zelarayán (Damián Torres 85’), Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 62’), Eduardo Vargas (Enner Valencia 73’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

GOALS
1-0        (10’) Sagal, in a one-two with Urretaviscaya, came face to face with Nahuel Guzmán to score.
1-1        (26’) Penalty after a foul on Eduardo Vargas, converted by André-Pierre Gignac.
2-1       (79’) Erick Gutiérrez receives in the box and crosses past Nahuel to score.

YELLOW CARDS
PACHUCA: Angelo Sagal (60’) and Raúl López (61’).
TIGRES:  Alberto Acosta (40’) and Nahuel Guzmán (60’)

RED CARDS
None

REFEREE: José Alfredo Peñaloza
No. 1:  Mario López Carrillo
No. 2: José Martínez Chavarría
Fourth official: León Barajas Anzures