Tigres win their first point of the season
TORREÓN, July 17.- In the start of the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura), the UANL Tigres earned one point with a goalless draw against Santos de la Laguna.
The game got to a slow start, although in the very first minute Nahuel Guzmán received a warning from Emiliano Armenteros, whose shot went straight into the Argentine’s hands.
Without André-Pierre Gignac, who is still absent after participating in Euro 2016, and without Guido Pizarro, who is suspended after being sent off in the Champion of Champions match, our team strove to play one on one, and at times was in control.
Manuel Viniegra was given the first opportunity by Tuca to replace Pizarro, playing well together with Jesús Dueñas, the other defense.
At the 18-minute mark, Ismael Sosa escaped down the right flank, overcoming a defender and was practically in the box when his cross was blocked by Agustín Marchesin before Zelarayán could finish.
Santos responded with a volley by Freddy Hinestroza, smashing the ball into the left-hand post to be deflected by the goalkeeper. Nahuel’s goal was saved by tenths of an inch.
Tigres endeavored to impose its ball control style and at the 29th minute, Sosa was back in the area, this time with a shot that went wide of the right-hand post, just grazing the net.
The second half was being dominated by Santos who was in possession of the ball and getting closer to Nahuel with greater confidence, although they lacked clarity when it came to finishing.
At minute 61, the Torreón team came close to scoring again, when Jonathan Rodríguez was in control of the ball in the area, but his powerful, sharp shot smashed into Nahuel’s left post.
Ten minutes later, Israel Jiménez, with a fine offensive move, sent a fine high shot from the outskirts of the box, that Marchesin only just managed to save. Tigres was knocking on its opponent’s door.
Then, the duo formed by Mejía Barón and Tuca Ferretti decided to make two changes at the same time, taking Zelarayan and Aquino off, replacing them with Fernando Fernández and Luis Quiñones, to give the offensive side greater speed.
At 80’, Sosa scored, but his goal was disallowed for offside. Our team was ready to go even further.
Sosa was a danger once more, when at the 86th minute he escaped down the center, getting away from a defender, but one-on-one with Marchesin he lost a clear goal opportunity.
The local team came back with a header by Molina, sending the ball crashing into Nahuel’s crossbar. Now it was Tigres’ turn to be saved.
In the end, the two teams earned one point each in their first 2016 Apertura match.
SANTOS: Agustín Marchesin; José Abella, Jesús Molina, Diego de Buen (Martín Bravo 78’), Bryan Rabello (Walter Sandoval 66’), Jonathan Rodríguez, Néstor Araujo, Freddy Hinestroza (Ulises Dávila 78’), Jorge Flores, Emiliano Armenteros and Carlos Izquierdoz.
TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Israel Jiménez, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Manuel Viniegra, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino (Luis Quiñones 66’), Lucas Zelarayan (Fernando Fernández 66’), Damián Álvarez (Francisco Torres 88’) and Ismael Sosa.