Top of the Table for Now with a 2-0 Win
VERACRUZ, February 8th.- The UANL Tigres found their “Venegol”, in Francisco Venegas, who led them, for now, to the top spot in the Liga MX Clausura 2019 tournament, with a 2-0 defeat over the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos.
The new young player scored both goals, while adding to the total minutes for the Youth Player rule, together with JuanJo Purata, to reach a total of 13 points, compared with 11 by Rayados, their closest rival, and who will be playing this Saturday in the sixth match day.
The start of the match wasn’t optimal, since the opponent, remembering that they were at home, began to put the pressure on, attacking Nahuel Guzmán’s goal, to the extent that, at minute three, Sebastián Rodríguez came close with a shot that was off target.
It wasn’t until minute 12 that Tigres was able to generate an opportunity, thanks to Enner Valencia, although the shot went wide.
Later, at 20’, Valencia broke away along the right, looking to cross to the near post where André-Pierre Gignac tried to finish, but the defense intercepted the French footballer.
Our team was gradually taking control of the match, and it would likely be just a matter of time before they opened the scoring. However, at that point, goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado began to excel, blocking everything that came his way.
At 31’, Gignac came close again, when he received a pass from behind, made a half-turn , but his shot was only just wide to the right.
A shot by Luis Quiñones was easily saved by Jurado. Then, at 38’, the Veracruz goalkeeper intercepted an attempt by the French player on the line and, just a minute on, blocked a shot by Francisco Venegas.
The pace was very similar in the second half, with Tigres recovering the ball, overlapping and creating opportunities, against an opponent who endeavored to hold firm defending their goal.
At 48’, it was Quiñones’ turn to send the ball wide of the net. Then, at 50’, the Colombian had another chance, but keeper Jurado blocked this opportunity.
Later, at 53’, JuanJo Purata came close with a header inside the box, but Jurado intervened yet again.
Quiñones had an opportunity at 62’, when a ball from the left reached his area, but he was unable to control and the shot went over the goal line.
Afterwards, at 73’, Luis Rodríguez, in a one-two with Quiñones, broke into the box by himself and crossed to put the ball inside the net. However, VAR determined that Chaka had controlled and lowered the ball with his arm, resulting in his goal being annulled.
Time went by until, at 87’, Valencia appeared on the right, crossed to Gignac, whose shot was deflected by Jurado on the line. Venegas caught the rebound and his left-footed shot smashed into the opposite post and then into the back of the net. The hard-won 1-0 lead was ours.
Just when it seemed we would win by the minimum difference, Venegas appeared along the left again in injury time, putting a powerful shot past Jurado to make it 2-0.
VERACRUZ: 25 Sebastián Jurado; 2 Fabricio Dornellas, 5 Carlos Salcido, 8 Luis Noriega, 9 Colin Kazim, 11 Cristian Ménendez, 14 Sebastián Rodríguez, 16 Lampros Kontagiannis, 28 Jesús Paganoni, 30 Edson García and 33 Carlos Gutiérrez.
MGR.: ROBERT SIBOLDI
TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia, 14 Juan Purata, 15 Francisco Venegas, 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.
MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI
0-1 (87’) Francisco Venegas recovers on the left, breaks into the box and scores close to the post.
0-2 (92’) André-Pierre Gignac’s header is deflected by the goalkeeper, and finds Francisco Venegas who scores.
VERACRUZ: Lampros Kontagiannis (28’).
TIGRES: Luis Rodríguez (25’).
VERACRUZ: Lampros Kontagiannis (92’)