Tigres, the Most Effective of the Decade

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday, April 27, 2019.- With this Friday’s result on Matchday 16 of the Liga MX Clausura tournament, Tigres became the top team in the Mexican League with the most points obtained in this decade, which is synonymous to effectiveness and constant work.

Up until yesterday, at the end of the felines’ game against Puebla, our side had accumulated 305 matches played in this period, since Clausura 2010, and 510 points out of a possible 915, which translates into an effectiveness of 55%.

This positions Tigres in first place, followed by América, who, without counting matchday 16, have 509 points out of a possible 912.

These figures showcase the stability and consistency of the feline team, already considered as one of the biggest winners of the decade.

Tigres Women Take the Lead in the Playoffs: 2-1!

PUEBLA, April 25.- Tigres Women came from behind, turning the match around in stoppage time to defeat Puebla Women 2-1, in the first leg of the Clausura 2019 Quarter Finals.

Katty Martínez equalized with a shot in the box and Liliana Mercado made sure that they would take a goal advantage home by converting a penalty at minute 92.

 

FIRST HALF

From the very first minute, our team wanted the ball and, when they had it, sought to pass around the pitch, achieving possession and attacks that kept the hosts at bay.

Belén Cruz on the right and Katty Martínez on the left generated good opportunities in La Franja’s box, although the hosts warded off their attacks while trying to settle into the field of play.

Minute 30 saw the best play of the first half, when the goalkeeper saved a shot by Belén Cruz and Selene Cortés’ counterattack hit the bar.

Puebla’s reaction came five minutes later, when Maria López tried to capitalize on a ball that had slipped away from our keeper, Ofelia Solís.

Control of the match was shared equally in the midfield, though La Franja’s goalkeeper, Brissa Rangel, was becoming the best player of the match.

Liliana Mercado managed a weak shot at 40’, and later Katty Martínez attempted to create an opportunity in an individual play, but was unsuccessful.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Ramón Villa Zevallos’ players came out with the idea of improving their performance across the field of play, which was reflected at minute 51 when Puebla’s keeper was kept busy blocking two goal opportunities.

Karen Luna brought Brissa Rangel off her line and in the next play Puebla’s goalkeeper spectacularly blocked on the line a scissor kick by Belén Cruz from inside the box.

However, the hosts put the pressure on and, at the 67th minute, Miriam defeated our keeper inside the box with a header to put her side ahead 1-0.

However, Tigres held their own and, at minute 71, Katty Martínez received in the box, made a half-turn to avoid her mark and shot to the left of the goalkeeper, who could do nothing about it. Our side was back in the fight with the score at 1-1.

At minute 75, Blanca Solís, who had come on to replace Sonia Vázquez, glanced it just wide of the left post and, a minute later, a Puebla defender almost scored an own goal.

Solís persisted at 77’, when in an individual play she broke into the box, but her weak shot went into the keeper’s hands.

And just when it looked as though the match would end in a draw, a handball was called inside the box on a Puebla defender, giving away a penalty to our side. Liliana Mercado, at 92’, converted the last-minute penalty to put our side ahead.

 

LINEUPS

PUEBLA: 1 Brissa Rangel; 3 Guillermina Martínez, 5 María Sainz, 6 Jessica Tenorio, 9 Karla Saavedra (27 Jaqueline García 89’), 10 Miriam Castro, 15 Diana Anguiano, 17 Mariela Jiménez, 18 María López, 22 Damaris Godínez and 24 Ivonne Najar.

MGR.: JORGE GÓMEZ

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 10 Katty Martínez, 13 Karen Luna, 14 Jacqueline Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 16 Sonia Vázquez (19 Blanca Solís 66’), 18 Belén Cruz and 22 Selene Cortés.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

GOALS

1-0 (67’) Miriam Castro scores with a header in the box.

1-1 (71’) Katty Martínez controls in the penalty area and scores off a half-turn.

1-2 (92’) Penalty converted by Liliana Mercado.

 

YELLOW CARDS

PUEBLA WOMEN: None

TIGRES WOMEN: Jaqueline Ovalle (43’)

RED CARDS

None

1-0 down, but it’s not over yet

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, 23 de Abril.- Tigres lost at home 1-0 in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final, against Rayados. However, the series could still go either way in the second leg at Monterrey’s Stadium, where our side will fight courageously to the finish, just as we did in December 2017.

A goal just before the end of the first half put our team put on the spot, while Carlos Salcedo and Jesús Dueñas had to play as wingers since Luis Rodríguez had been handed a one-match ban.

 

FIRST HALF

The first half wasn’t particularly good for our side, who struggled not only with the opponent’s defense, but also in their overlapping and couldn’t even get close to the visitor’s goal.

Enner Valencia snatched a ball from the goalkeeper just three minutes into the match, but touched it with his hand, giving away a free kick. A cross for Monterrey by Dorlán Pabón was blocked by Nahuel Guzmán.

Later, at 18’, Avilés Hurtado’s header went into Nahuel’s hands, and, at 21’, Tigres keeper spectacularly saved his goal from defeat.

Funes Mori appeared at 23’ with a shot that Patón blocked. The opponent was creating dangerous-looking opportunities, while our side couldn’t seem to advance beyond the midfield area.

Tigres tried to react at 27’ with a cross into the box by Carioca, looking for Valencia, but the defense intervened.

At the 31st minute, Jesús Dueñas then pressed forward and crossed to the center of the box, but no one managed to finish.

At 38’, the opponent had another chance when Pabón fired off a shot into Nahuel’s hands, and then Nicolás Sánchez broke through to shoot to the right, but, fortunately for us, hit the post.

Just when it look as though the first half would end in a tie, Pabón crossed with a corner kick to the center of the box, where Sánchez scored with a header. The 1-0 score was a hard blow, but we weren’t finished yet.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres took control of the second half, attacking along the flanks and keeping Marcelo Barovero busy.

At 49’, Carlos Salcedo attempted a one-two with Eduardo Vargas, but the ball disappeared over the byline.

Then, at 55’, Carioca’s powerful counterattack was saved by Rayados’ keeper. Our side was beginning to doggedly unnerve the opponent.

At 60’, Valencia took a direct free kick aimed at the left post, but Barovero blocked the shot.

At that point in the match, Tuca decided to replace Vargas and Aquino with André-Pierre Gignac and Jürgen Damm, allowing our side to put more pressure on up front.

At 63’, Valencia played a wall pass with Jesús Dueñas, who penetrated the goal area from the left and shot from the center, forcing Barovero to use all his skills to overcome the threat to his goal.

Monterrey tried to regain control with a free kick by Avilés Hurtado, but Patón rushed off his line to intervene.

Afterwards, at 75’, Luis Quiñones broke into the box with an advantage, but the pass was too long and Barovero held tightly onto the ball to prevent another attempt.

Gignac tried his luck with a mid-distance shot into Barovero’s hands. Tigres continued to put the pressure on.

Guido Pizarro came close at 85’, when Damm crossed into the box, but the captain’s header went wide to the left.

Ultimately, Tigres persisted against a well-defended, and sometimes lucky, goal.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas (10 André-Pierre Gignac 59’), 13 Enner Valencia,  19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (25 Jürgen Damm 59’), 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

MONTERREY: 1 Marcelo Barovero, 4 Nicolás Sánchez, 7 Rogelio Funes, 8 Dorlán Pabón (11 Leonel Vangioni 88’), 16 Celso Ortiz, 17 Jesús Gallardo, 18 Aviles Hurtado (32 Maximiliano Meza 72’), 20 Rodolfo Pizarro, 21 Miguel Layún, 29 Carlos Rodríguez (35 Eric Cantún 88’) and 33 Stefan Medina.

MGR.: DIEGO ALONSO

 

GOALS

0-1 (43’) A cross by Dorlán Pabón following a corner finds Nicolás Sánchez, who scores with a header.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Hugo Ayala (17’)

MONTERREY: Nicolás Sánchez (15’), Aviles Hurtado (36’), Celso Ortíz (58’) and Jesús Gallardo (89’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: John Pitti (PAN)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Christián Ramírez (HON)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Said Martínez (HON)

Ready for the Concacaf Final: 3-3!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 20th.- With an alternative side, saving the big guns for the Concacaf Final, the UANL Tigres came back from behind to tie 3-3 with the Morelia Monarcas.

Manager Ricardo Ferretti, with the Concacaf Final in mind, left his best players on the bench, only sending on star starters Nahuel Guzmán, Luis Rodríguez and André-Pierre Gignac, who was back after recovering from his injury.

 

FIRST HALF

Our team surprised everyone by using an alternative team for this match, which made it hard for them to settle in across the pitch and affected their overlapping and recovery.

However, our side had the first opportunity at minute six, when Luis Rodríguez’s shot hit the defense. Soon after, at minute 11, Lucas Zelarayán managed a through ball to Jürgen Damm, but it fell short.

Two  minutes later, Chino controlled with his chest and shot, but the ball went over the crossbar. It looked as though we would soon be well in our stride in our attack.

However, at minute 19, the defense’s disarray allowed Miguel Sansores to force his way into the box and score, putting the opponent ahead 1-0, after confirmation by VAR, in a troubling start to the evening .

Tigres reacted at 22’, with a header by André-Pierre Gignac that was intercepted by the Michoacán keeper.

At 28’ Gignac created another opportunity, but his attempt from inside the box was saved by Monarcas’ keeper.

However, the opponent’s luck was better than its football and a long pass again found Sansores, who toe poked the ball in as Nahuel came off his line, making it 2-0 and turning the evening into a nightmare in the Universitario.

Two minutes on, Tigres came very close when Eduardo Tercero’s shot rebounded off the post and fell to Gignac, but the counterattack was blocked by the keeper on the line.

At 38’, in a one-two play between  Chaka Rodríguez and Gignac, the Monterrey native managed to shoot, but the defense intervened.

 

SECOND HALF

Our team came out from the break with greater determination to gain possession and increase their attack, in order to make a comeback.

At 48,’ Chaka Rodríguez crossed into the box towards Gignac and Zelarayán, but they were both too far away. Then, at 53’, Chino’s shot from inside the goal area bounced off the defense again.

Gignac played individually at 58’, but his soft shot was easily saved by the Michoacán goalkeeper.

At 63’, Zelarayán’s shot went over the crossbar, too high to score, but a minute afterwards Damm broke away down the left, cutback to Zelarayán to close the gap and make the Universitario Stadium explode with joy.

However, 75 seconds later, Edison Flores slowed our side’s momentum when he brought the score to 3-1, putting the ball in by the near post and defeating Nahuel.

Our side were saved from the opponent’s fourth when Aldo Rocha hoped to take Nahuel Guzmán by surprise, but his attempt hit the bar.

However, it was Monarcas who were taken by surprise when, at the 78th minute, Gignac received inside the goal area, cutback to Chino, whose powerful shot to the left of the keeper brought the score to 3-2, to the delight of the fans in the stands.

Tuca made the match even more exciting by sending on Jesús Dueñas and Eduardo Vargas, to replace Jair Díaz and Israel Jiménez, clearly reflecting the aim of putting the pressure on the opponent.

A minute later, Zelarayán backheeled to an unmarked Eduardo Vargas, whose goal was then confirmed by VAR.

In stoppage time, Damm came close to the fourth, making his way into the box with a long pass, but the goalkeeper denied him the opportunity.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 2 Israel Jiménez (29 Jesús Dueñas 81’), 6 Jorge Torres Nilo, 8 Lucas Zelarayán, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 14 Juan Purata, 16 Damián Torres, 23 Jair Díaz (9 Eduardo Vargas 81’), 25 Jürgen Damm, 28 Luis Rodríguez and 36 Eduardo Tercero (291 José García 46’).

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

MORELIA: 35 Luis Malagón; 2 Efraín Velarde, 6 Sebastián Vegas, 8 Mario Osuna, 14 Edison Flores (25 Roberto Meráz 87’), 15 Cándido Ramírez (286 Andrés Catalán 75’), 20 Rodrigo Millar, 22 Alberto Acosta (31 Gastón Lazcano 70’), 24 Gabriel Achilier, 26 Aldo Rocha and 27 Miguel Sansores.

MGR.: JAVIER TORRENTE

 

GOALS

0-1 (19’) Miguel Sansores forges through to score next to the right-hand post.

0-2 (34’) Miguel Sansores toe pokes the ball in as Nahuel Guzmán comes off his line.

1-2 (63’) Jürgen Damm breaks in from the left and cuts back to Lucas Zelarayán who scores.

1-3 (65’) Edison Flores scores from the left side of the box.

2-3 (78’) André-Pierre Gignac passes to Lucas Zelarayán, who scores with a right-footed shot.

3-3 (82’) Lucas Zelarayán backheels to Eduardo Vargas, who fires the ball past the keeper.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Jair Díaz (24’) and Jesús Dueñas (85’)

MORELIA: Gabriel Achilier (93’).

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Oscar Mejía

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: José Alfredo López

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jimmy Acosta

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sergio Ruvalcaba

We Mustn’t Anticipate Anything.- Meza

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 17th.- Francisco Meza was quite forthright with the Media, claiming that he doesn’t want to anticipate anything and that right now the team is focusing on the match against Morelia.

“Personally, I’m focusing on Saturday . If people are thinking about the Local Derby Final, well, they’re within their right, but the squad is thinking about Morelia,” commented the Colombian defender.

Possibility of playing…

“Unfortunately, Carlos won’t be able to play, so now, against Morelia, I could be picked, but I don’t want to anticipate anything . I’m concentrating on Morelia, and then I’ll think about the Final to give the very best to the team.”

Giving his best…

“The idea is to give my best for the team. At that time, I did and I still do. I’m always willing to do my job as well as possible and give my all to the team, that’s the attitude we need to have.”

Rallying around Julián…

“I think the whole squad has been consoling him, talking to him. They are things that happen in football,  but I’m sure all will be well. Perhaps some regrets, but if it happened, it means good things lie ahead.”

Before and after the Local Derby Final

“For me, that’s in the past, pleasant memories of the goal and the match, as well as of my teammates’ performance. I didn’t play much and I played in the Final. Now people comment on that match, marking a before and after, their recognition has been important, their trust and I’ve also tried to live up to that trust.”

Can it be seen as a rematch for the opponent?

“For us, it’s about winning, we have just one result and that’s win and win. I don’t want to get ahead and think about the Final as first it’s Morelia, but we have to be in the top positions, since this team has its history and we need to strengthen our performance day by day.”

VAR in Concacaf…

“It’s been used appropriately, with VAR or without VAR, there can be mistakes. That means we need to be on top form, because the referee can be wrong. You have to give 150 per cent.”.

Everyone is the team to beat…

“The teams that qualify all have the same possibilities. Anything can happen in the Playoffs. It happened to us last season, we were sent out by Pumas. The idea is to defeat whoever we play, as we want to enrich the history of our Club.”

What’s Most Important Is the Next Match.- Chaka

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 16th.- Even though all anyone is talking about is the CONCACAF Champions League Local Derby Final, for Luis Rodríguez, right now what’s most important is the next match.

“We’re focused on the upcoming match, we’re not thinking about that (CONCACAF Final)… hoping the good streak will continue, although we still have room for improvement”.

Fulfilling goals…

“The first goal was to qualify /to the Playoffs), and we’ve done that, and now another goal is to fight for the top spot.”

Making amends…

“We were very unhappy with our work in past tournaments (for not having achieved anything in 2018), so this is a good opportunity to make amends.”

Upset…

“At the moment, upset (knowing that I won’t be able to play the Local Derby Final), though on top form for the team, confident about our performance and that we’ll achieve a good result.”

No worries about the player who will substitute you?

“Everyone here can do it”.

Wouldn’t wish an injury on anyone…

“Sad about his injury (Julián Quiñones’), it’s something you wouldn’t wish on anyone.”

Is the CONCACAF Final a rematch?

“We view it as a Final, but right now we’re thinking about our next match (against Morelia).”

Tigres Women Finish the Tournament with a Win and Qualify to the Playoffs

MONTERREY, APRIL 15, 2019.- TIGRES WOMEN finished their participation in the regular phase of the Clausura 2019 tournament with a victory against Chivas Women, in which the felines’ dynamism, determination and performance thrilled the more than 16 thousand fans who had made their way to the Universitario Stadium to see their side win.

 

With this victory, their sixth against Chivas, Ramón Villa Zevallos’ team has accumulated 36 points and reached second place on the General Table, as well as in Group 2.

 

The goals arrived early in the first half. The first, at the four-minute mark, by Belén Cruz who scored with a header off a cross from Jackie Ovalle on the left, after a penetrating pass by Sonia Vázquez. This is Tigres Women’s second earliest goal against Chivas, after Blanca Solís’s goal on Matchday 2 of the Apertura 2017 tournament.

 

Soon, at the 7th minute, Chivas Women responded through Ana Gabriela Huerta, who shot from inside the six-yard box, assisted by Tania Morales with a cross.

 

This goal was the equalizer, although on the field of play it was a very different story that did not reflect the score: Tigres Women constantly put the pressure on Blanca Félix’s net, who, as on other occasions, became increasingly stronger under pressure from the opponent and was able to repeatedly keep her goal safe.

 

Half-time arrived and both squads went to the changing rooms boasting a goal each.

 

Tigres made their first move in the second half, replacing Evelyn González with top scorer Katty Martínez, seeking to move ahead on the scoreboard. And they almost managed it at 48, with a header after a free kick, but goalkeeper Félix saved the ball practically on the line, just as it was about to turn into a second goal.

 

A minute later, anticipation grew on the pitch and in the stands, when Jazmín Enrigue came very close to scoring the second, after the ball stayed inside the six-yard box following a corner in which several players tried to shoot, but were all blocked by Chivas’ defense, who conceded another corner.

 

Excitement grew even more as the minutes went by, since Tigres Women’s intention of securing a home win became increasingly clear when Villa Zevallos sent on forward Blanca Solís to replace center-forward Jazmín Enrigue. And it was Solís, also known as “Blankiller”, in her return to the pitch after months of inactivity owing to an injury, who ended up bringing about Chivas’ own goal and victory for Tigres Women at 88’.

 

With this result, Tigres Women reached 36 points and have played all their matches, with 11 wins. They are now preparing to compete in the Playoffs in which eight teams participate.

 

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 20. Ofelia Solís, 3. Jazmín Enrigue (79’ 19. Blanca Solís), 4 Greta Espinoza, 13. Karen Luna, 22. Selene Cortés , 7 Liliana Mercado, 16. Sonia Vázquez 14 Jackie Ovalle, 8. Belén Cruz, 9. Evelyn González (46’ 10. Katty Martínez), 5. Fernanda Elizondo (90’ 15. Cristina Ferral)

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MGR.: Ramón Villa Zevallos

CHIVAS: 12. Blanca Félix, 2. Vanessa Sánchez 10. Tania Morales, 11. Norma Duarte (74’ 4. Arlett Tovar), 14. María Andrea Sánchez (80’ 25. Rubí Soto) 15.  Miriam Castillo 16. Priscila Padilla, 20. Ana Huerta, 26. Angélica Torres, 27. Paloma Guzmán, 28. Nicole Pérez (63’ 8. Victoria Acevedo).

MGR.: Luis Díaz

 

Yellow cards

TIGRES WOMEN

BELÉN CRUZ 85’

CHIVAS WOMEN

MIRIAM CASTILLO 63’

KINBERLY GUZMÁN 69’

 

REFEREE: Priscila Eritzel Pérez Borja

Assistant referee No. 1: Viridiana Aglaeth Flores Ayala

Assistant referee No. 2: Valeria Sarahi Andrade Lázaro

Fourth official: Óscar Eduardo Peña Dávila

I’ll Use My Best Players.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 15th.- For this Saturday’s match, against Morelia, manager Ricardo Ferretti will use his best players, since his objective is to take over the leadership position currently held by León.

“I have to consider my players’ recovery, but for the match against Morelia, I’ll be using my best players to obtain a good result and, in this way, practically secure at least second place.

“Then after Saturday, I’ll be thinking differently or otherwise, but for the Morelia game and the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final, we’ll be using the best we’ve got.”

Playoff spot secured…

“I think that the fact that we earned three points yesterday and qualified mathematically gives us a certain level of reassurance, and also fulfills the commitment we set at the start of the tournament.

“Lately, we had always been struggling around this time, in fact, people had commented that Tigres would be waiting until the last five or six games to start looking for their qualification, that we were always somewhat behind.

“But in the last three games, which can translate into nine points, we have to think about winning as far as possible so as to hold onto the position we have right now and even think about first place, currently and deservedly, for everything they’ve achieved, held by León.

“A while ago, I commented that in this tournament León is the team to beat because of everything they have achieved and also that qualifying ten times in a row must mean that we’re doing things right.”

Aspiring to first place…

“We’re not taking it easy because otherwise it might seem that we’re not interested in the next possible nine points and if we don’t earn points, we’ll move down. We aspire to first place and if we didn’t think like that, we could drop to third or fourth, which wouldn’t be good for us.”

We’re below standard…

“We’re still way below the standard I think the team has the potential to reach. Perhaps it’s an exaggeration, but we’re not up to standard and we still haven’t found the balance we’re looking for.

“The idea is to win each upcoming match, that’s our idea and if we manage to do it, well, we’ll be reaching our objectives. If we win on Saturday, then basically we will have assured second place.

“However, we should always be ambitious and look for more and more. Of course, León has the advantage, I think they are performing well. In the Concacaf Champions League, it’s the same, with the idea of getting a good result in the first leg and in the second as well, not just being content with getting ahead and then suffering like we did against Santos. I think that we played well in the first half, but in the second we left a lot to be desired.”

Regarding Julián Quiñones’ injury…

“In five minutes, Julián will be undergoing tests to determine the seriousness of his injury. It doesn’t look too good at the moment, but let’s hope that after the examination we’ll have better news. It’s such a shame because he’s a player who is in a very good position at the moment. He looked for and found his objective, he was being extremely consistent, producing very well and this will affect us a lot. I think the absence of these players has a huge impact on us and particularly when it’s the result of injuries. Let’s hope we can report something positive about the examination tomorrow, but right now the situation is difficult.”

 

Invasion, Victory and Playoffs: 3-0!

PUEBLA, April 14th.- Almost 8,000 Incomparable fans received their reward after invading this city, witnessing the UANL Tigres’ 3-0 win over BUAP Lobos, thus securing their qualification to the Clausura 2019 Playoffs.

Eduardo Vargas, who substituted an injured Julián Quiñones, scored a brace, while another goal by Enner Valencia brought the total to three.

 

FIRST HALF

During the first 45 minutes, each side took turns at being in control, although Tigres dominated in possession, but without putting much reassure on Lobos’ goal, while the hosts created their best chances along both flanks.

Just seven minutes into the match, Nahuel Guzmán had no trouble saving an attempt by Michael Chirinos, and then at 8’, Enner Valencia responded with a promising-looking breakaway but was unable to bring it to fruition when he reached the net guarded by José Rodríguez.

Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez had a chance nine minutes into the match with a mid-range shot that was saved by the keeper.

Not long after, Tigres had a bit of bad news when, at 35’, Julián Quiñones sustained an injury to his right knee. He was replaced by Eduardo Vargas, who would later add a couple of numbers to the score.

Before the end of the first half, it was Javier Aquino who had a good look at goal, with a shot that the goalkeeper and then the crossbar only just managed to block.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres started the second half with the effectiveness they have been showing lately, since at minute 49, Eduardo Vargas toe poked a ball outside the box, hitting a defender but ending up inside the net. Thousands of Incomparable fans in the stands celebrated their team’s first goal of the match.

At 54’, Chaka Rodríguez broke away down the right flank, defeating two defenders then crossing to Vargas, who pushed the ball in to make it 2-0 and promise a good evening for our players.

Tigres was still in control of the match, particularly in recovery and overlapping, since, at 64’, Javier Aquino received from the left and crossed into the center, where Enner Valencia, shaking off his mark, scored the third with a diagonal shot that put the finishing touch to their victory and the Incomparable fans’ invasion.

After that, with Tigres seeming to slow down their pace, the opponent made their final effort, though it was nothing our defense couldn’t deal with.

Towards the end, Argentine keeper Nahuel Guzmán won in a one-on-one, denying Lobos their  goal.

 

LINEUPS

LOBOS BUAP: 1 José A. Rodríguez; 3 Francisco Rodríguez, 4 Joaquín Esquivel (307 Oscar Macías 67’), 6 Félix Crisanto, 10 Abraham González,  14 Brian Rabello (310 Edson Torres 81’), 18 Aldo Cruz, 19 Mauro Lainez (22 Beto Da Silva 57’), 25 Víctor Velázquez, 29 Leonardo Ramos and 33 Michael Chirinos.

MGR.: FRANCISCO PALENCIA

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 13 Enner Valencia (8 Lucas Zelarayán 77’), 15 Francisco Venegas (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 46’), 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino, 21 Francisco Meza, 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones (Eduardo Vargas 35’).

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1 (49’) Eduardo Vargas toe pokes a ball that bounces off a defender and ends up inside the net.

0-2 (54’) Eduardo Vargas finished off a cross from the right by Luis Rodríguez.

0-3 (64’) Enner Valencia controls a pass from Javier Aquino from the left, breaks into the box and fires the ball into the net.

 

YELLOW CARDS

None

RED CARDS

None

Being Champions Is What Matters.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 11th.- Reaching the Final has been the team’s goal since the start of the Concacaf Champions League. Where they play isn’t important, but winning and being champions is what matters, Nahuel Guzmán affirmed.

“That possibility (of a local derby final) is practically assured, we just need to wait for today’s result to determine whether the second leg will be at home or we’ll have to define the series as visitors.

“If you’d asked me this question about what I wanted at the start of the championship, against Saprissa, the first thing I would have said is to reach the Final. Right now, it doesn’t matter whether we’ll be playing the second leg as the home or visiting side.

“I don’t have a preference. You can prove that you’re the champion or the best on any pitch,” said the three-times League champion goalkeeper with Tigres.

It’s not about a rematch…

“It’s something we really want, we’ve talked here about it not being a rematch, or a thorn in our side, or a score to settle, but it’s about embarking on a very difficult journey and earning the chance to play in an international tournament.”

About what happened in Torreón on the way to the dressing room…

“The pictures speak for themselves. Sometimes it’s good to reflect on it because in this case it was recorded, it’s on film, but it’s not the first nor the last time it’s happened, and neither am I the only victim of this.”

The possibility of André Gignac playing on Sunday…

“It’s hard to say if he will be 100% because he hasn’t played for a month and needs to get back into playing at the competitive level, but it’s always important to have a player like André on hand – he represents a lot not only for us, but also for our opponents.

“In the group, he’s a player who can contribute so much when he’s fit. I’m glad he’s nearly better and I say nearly because he still has to play on the pitch. I’m not putting pressure on him, but I think we have to be careful about creating expectations and thinking that because he’s recovered, he’ll be playing on Sunday.”

What is the team most passionate about, winning the Liga or Concacaf?

“As a player, it’s another title, just like the Champions Cup, the Champion of Champions, it’s a title, a trophy and that’s how we view it. It hurt when we lost against América and Pachuca, it was very painful and that’s why we have to remember it, to try again with everything we’ve got.”

About the Local Derby Final…

“Both teams represent something great and very important for the local championship, given the players each institution currently has and because after just over a year, perhaps it will be the repetition of a new final in another championship and this gives prestige to the Concacaf tournament.”

 

 

We’re in the Concacaf Final!  

TORREÓN, April 10th.- The UANL Tigres are set to play their 11th Final of the  Ricardo Ferretti era, after defeating Santos Laguna 5-3 on aggregate in the second leg of the Semifinal, and are now waiting to see whether their opponent will be Monterrey or Kansas City.

Goals by Enner Valencia and Julián Quiñones put our side 2-0 ahead (5-0 aggregate), but Santos reacted, scoring one goal at the end of the first half and two during the second.

 

FIRST HALF

Our side dominated the first half, generating an opportunity with just nine minutes on the clock, when Enner Valencia broke away down the left, crossed to the center looking for Eduardo Vargas, but the defense intervened.

Two minutes later, the Tigres nation was ecstatic when Valencia broke away along the left, penetrated the box, brought keeper Jonathan Orozco off his line, crossed and scored, making it 1-0, or 4-0 aggregate.

Rafael de Souza created an opportunity at 14’, when he controlled but his shot went wide of the right-hand post.

Marlos Moreno tried to rouse Santos, at 17’, with a shot that missed to the left of the net guarded by Nahuel Guzmán, who just a minute later saved an attempt by the opponent on the line.

Julián Quiñones began to increase his interaction with the ball and, at 20’, came face-to-face with the net, but hit the right post. Tigres was eagerly looking for the second goal.

And Jesús Dueñas made this quite clear when, in a one-two with Valencia, he fired off a shot that missed to the right at the 21st-minute mark.

However, Tigres persisted, and, at minute 34, Vargas sent a long pass to Julián Quiñones, who, in an individual play, penetrated the penalty area and defeated the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 (5-0 aggregate).

Our team was in charge of the match at that point, since, at 36’, Dueñas came close to the third, but goalkeeper Orozco sent the ball out for a corner and, straight afterwards, Julián created another opportunity, but the keeper intervened yet again.

Santos reacted at 40’, when Nahuel intercepted Javier Abella’s attempt to concede a corner and, in the very next play, Julio Furch took advantage of our players’ lack of focus and scored. The 2-1 score gave the opponent hope.

Tigres ended the first half with two attempts. First, Vargas’ shot went high and, second, Enner’s direct free kick was intercepted by Jonathan, conceding a corner.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres came out for the second half with the clear idea of looking for the third to quash their opponent’s ambitions, with Orozco forced to save a shot by Valencia, at 51’, and the defense to clear Julián’s counterattack.

At 55’, Valencia came close with a shot from inside the box that was blocked first by Orozco and then the post. Santo breather another sigh of relief.

But fate had determined another course for the match since, at 59’, Julio Furch revitalized Santos once more, bringing the score to 2-2 (5-2 aggregate) and complicating  the evening for our team.

At that point, Tuca decided to make his first substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Javier Aquino, in order to refresh overlapping on the left.

Torres Nilo then came on to replace Carioca, in an attempt to reinforce the defense, placing Dueñas there and leaving Pechu on the left flank.

Santos was enjoying possession, enthusiasm and motivation, leaving Tigres to up their defensive efforts and look to break away with long-range passes for Valencia.

At 77’, Nahuel dropped a ball in the air, Diego Valdes took advantage and pushed it in to bring the score to 3-2 (5-3 global).

After that, Tigres pulled further back, seeking recovery and greater ball possession, leaving Julián Quiñones and Valencia to break away and create any possible opportunities.

Santos almost scored the fourth in stoppage time, at 94’, with a highly controversial penalty call by the referee. Javier Correa stepped up with the chance to make it 5-4 on aggregate, but missed, hitting the bar.

 

LINEUPS

SANTOS: 1 Jonathan Orozco; 2 Javier Abella, 5 Hugo Nervo, 9 Julio Furch, 10 Diego Valdes, 11 Marlos Moreno (4 Jesús Angulo 50’), 15 Brian Lozano (22 Deiner Quiñones 63’), 17 Gerardo Arteaga, 20 Hugo Rodríguez (8 Carlos Orrantia 74’), 23 Juan Vazquez and 24 Javier Correa.

MGR.: RUBÉN DUARTE

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 73’), 9 Eduardo Vargas (21 Francisco Meza 79’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 65’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1 (11’) Enner Valencia receives from the left, breaks into the box, draws the goalkeeper off his line and scores.

0-2 (34’) Eduardo Vargas sends a long pass to Julián Quiñones, who, in an individual play, scores.

1-2 (40’) Julio Furch finishes a series of rebounds after a corner kick.

2-2 (59’) Julio Furch capitalizes on a ball in the box and pushes it in.

3-2 (77’) Nahuel loses a ball and Diego Valdez pushes it in.

 

YELLOW CARDS

SANTOS: Diego Valdes (5’), Juan Vazquez (26’), Hugo Nervo (64’), Gerardo Arteaga (71’) and Julio Furch (91’)

TIGRES: Enner Valencia (58’), Francisco Meza (79’), Luis Rodríguez (92’) and Hugo Ayala (93’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Marco Ortiz (Mex)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Miguel Hernández (Mex)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Ibrahim Martínez (Mex)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Iván Barton (Slv)

 

Tigres Women Win to Contend for the Top Spot

MORELIA, April 8th.- Tigres Women, for the time being, are back at the top of Group Two having defeated the Morelia Monarcas 1-0 this afternoon, with Nayeli Rangel scoring the goal.

The squad managed by Ramón Villa Zevallos reached 33 points, one more than the Rayadas, who are yet to play this matchday.

 

FIRST HALF

During the first few minutes, our side struggled to get into their stride, particularly in their offensive play, while the hosts enjoyed possession and overlapping.

In fact, at minute six, Diana Guatemala received outside the box and attempted to overcome our goalkeeper, Vania Villalobos, one-on-one, although Jazmine Enrigue rapidly came forward to clear the loose ball.

This made our players react and gradually begin to gain possession, improve their rotation and penetrate the opponent’s penalty area.

At the fifteen-minute mark, following a corner kick, Nayeli Rangel capitalized on a series of rebounds to open the scoring. The 1-0 advantage gave our side the confidence to regroup on Morelos’ pitch.

Later on, at 24’, Belén Cruz broke away along the left flank, penetrated the box and fired off a dangerous-looking cross, but the Michoacán defense cleared the ball out for a corner.

A couple of minutes afterwards, the Monarcas reacted with Diana Guatemala controlling again, but her powerful shot just missed to the right. At this point in the match, the hosts began to create several goal opportunities.

Then, at 31’, it was María Sandoval’s turn to shoot at the felines’ goal, but her attempt was far too high.

Tigres Women responded at 38’, when Belén Cruz controlled on the outskirts of the box, but her shot was just wide of the right-hand post.

Three minutes seemed to flash by in a second, when in a one-two play between Evelyn González and Natalia Villarreal, the latter player ended up face-to-face with the net, but keeper Diana García blocked the shot.

 

SECOND HALF

Our players’ objective for the second half was to take their hosts by surprise and they succeeded three seconds in, when Belén Cruz’s long-range shot would certainly have gone into the net if it hadn’t been for the goalkeeper’s quick reactions.

Morelia had a chance at 50’, when María Cruzaley controlled and fired off a shot that goalkeeper Vania only just managed to save, conceding a corner.

At that point, manager Ramón Villa Zevallos began to make some substitutions, sending on María Fernanda Elizondo first and then Sonia Vázquez, seeking to improve the team’s overlapping.

At minute 68, Evelyn González broke away along the right flank, shook off her mark and crossed into the center, but no one was there to finish, putting an end to this opportunity.

María Fernanda Elizondo had a chance at 78’, when, with a half-turn on the edge of the box she managed to shoot, but the ball went over the net.

Evelyn González came close to scoring the second at 82’, but was unable to control sufficiently to shoot after a long ball had brought the keeper off her line.

Afterwards, at 86’, the goalkeeper sent Liliana Mercado’s direct free kick out for a corner, just after  keeper Vania intervened in the box when Monarcas had come very close to equalizing.

It was Liliana Rodríguez’s turn at 88’, when she received outside the box, but her attempt went high over the bar.

 

LINEUPS

MORELIA WOMEN: 2 Diana García; 3 Michel Guerrero, 5 Maria Cruzaley, 11 Andrea Torres, 13 María Ruíz, 15 Alejandra Calderón (16 Maria del Socorro Gutiérrez 84’), 19 Jaqueline Ayala, 20 Diana Guatemala (17 Madelaine Pasco 66’), 21 María Sandoval, 22 Dalia Molina and 27 Sahiry Cruz.

MGR.: FILADELFO RANGEL

TIGRES WOMEN: 33 Vania Villalobos; 3 Jazmín Enrigue, 4 Greta Espinoza, 7 Liliana Mercado, 9 Evelyn González, 11 Nayeli Rangel (5 Fernanda Elizondo 59’), 13 Karen Luna, 17 Natalia Villarreal, 18 Belén Cruz (27 Liliana Rodríguez 76’), 21 Jaquelin García and 22 Selene Cortés (16 Sonia Vázquez 64’).

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

GOALS

0-1 (15’) Nayeli Rangel capitalizes on a loose ball inside the box.

 

YELLOW CARDS

MORELIA WOMEN: María Ruíz (52’)

TIGRES WOMEN: Nayeli Rangel (22’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Lizzet García Rangel

ASSISTANT No. 1: Mayra Rangel

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Damaris Jiménez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Edgardo Espejo

Calm, but not overconfident.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 8.- Ricardo Ferretti commented today that they are calm about the second leg of the Semifinal, after their recent triumph in the Liga, but will not allow their 3-0 advantage in the CONCACAF Champions League to make them overconfident.

In his Monday press conference, the manager said that they will be going out onto the pitch on Wednesday thinking that the score so far is nil-nil.

“Rest assured that we won’t be feeling overconfident about anything or anyone, but will be thinking that the score so far is nil-nil and looking for a good result; that’s the mentality we all have right now, viewing Santos with the utmost respect, all of which will help us to avoid many things.”

With a negative track record…

“They are situations (of not winning in Torreón since 2011) in which we haven’t performed well and it’s been difficult for us on that field, as it has for them as well. You’re right that we have struggled there, but football gives you the opportunity to do better and achieve the result you need to give you the right to be in the Final.”

Harmony in the team…

“Having a good group, without worrying about any details that will upset the harmony, is important. While harmony reigns in the locker room, I think it’s gradually reflected on the pitch, the solidarity, the team spirit, which is the outcome of the group’s humanity.

“The footballers I have are first and foremost men, amazing human beings, which reassures me. I can’t say that we don’t have our differences, egoisms, but nobody puts themselves above the group and that is very reassuring.”

Internal competition…

“Our mindset here is that each and every one of us is important, nobody is indispensable. Everyone has to work hard and fight for a position on the team during the training sessions. I respect hierarchies, but we’re all necessary and working hard, which is fundamental to being needed and giving the best to the team. When we’re successful, everyone is included and it’s the same when we’re not. Everyone is committed to giving their all to the team.”

How can you help the team understand that when André is ready he’ll be back in his place?

“It’s not André, it’s everyone. Everyone has their place, because of what they’ve done. The facts are there and no one can deny them and be it André, Enner, Aquino, Damm, everyone knows how important they are, but they are humbly aware too. They don’t think they are better than anyone else and they know what is expected of them, and of the team, in the training sessions or in the matches. We’re aware of their capacity. When André is ready, there will have another problem. I can only send eleven on, not twelve. It will always be unfair for a player. If I am unfair, well, my aim isn’t to be unfair with the team and I always try to make them see that that’s how things are and they should do their best to prove me wrong, that’s what I want.”

Will Gignac be playing on Wednesday?

“Not on Wednesday, but perhaps Sunday.”

Is the team thinking about a local Derby Final?

“Dreaming is one thing, something you think about, hopefully imagining things, but that will come later. First Santos, we haven’t done well there, we need a good result and, of course, on Wednesday after the match, we’ll see if the dream will come true.

“Whenever you start out in a tournament, you dream of the championship, but there are many objectives to be reached before you can get there. We still have more to do and need to perform well in order to participate in another Final, keeping our feet firmly on the ground, respectfully and humbly.”

The idea is not to be overconfident…

“I’ve spoken to them, we’ve talked, watched videos, with that integration we have. This doesn’t mean it’s enough, but I’m confident in a team that is somewhat hurt because we didn’t do well at all in 2018 and we’re hoping to improve a lot in the things we neglected to do. We have the opportunity and we’re going to take it to show ourselves we can do it and meet every expectation.”

Another Win Brings Tigres Closer to the Leader: 2-0!        

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 6.- The UANL Tigres are still engaged in a close battle for the top spot in the Liga MX, having defeated the UNAM Pumas 2-0 this evening, adding the team’s 27th, 28th and 29th points to their total in the Clausura 2019 tournament.

Julián Quiñones scored a brace to assure a victory that was well deserved from start to finish, against an opponent who could have done more, but was thwarted by Nahuel Guzmán.

 

FIRST HALF

The first half was somewhat subdued at first, with Tigres trying to gain possession but struggling to break into the opponent’s box, while focusing on pressing forward rapidly in order to do some damage.

With only four minutes on the clock, our side generated an opportunity outside Pumas’ box, but Enner Valencia’s attempt ended up in the keeper’s hands.

Two minutes on, the opponent showed that the evening would not be peaceful, forcing  Nahuel Guzmán to block Carlos González’s shot from outside the penalty area and concede a corner.

Then, at 13’, Julián Quiñones sent a long pass to Valencia, who got off a shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to send out for a corner.

Javier Aquino, who has been a starter since recovering from his injury, came close at 21’, but a defender intervened just as he was about to fire off a shot.

A minute later, our team had a lucky escape when Andrés Iniestra’s attempt was cleared by Carlos Salcedo and, in the counterattack, Carlos González sent the ball wide to the left.

Francisco Venegas, adding on more minutes for the youth player rule, made his way into the box after a one-two with Guido Pizarro, but his shot was cleared by the defense for a corner.

The next play delivered our goal, when the ball was left adrift and Julián Quiñones advanced to push it in and bring the score to 1-0.

Pumas fought back putting Patón Guzmán to the test again, at 34’, when Andrés Angulo came face-to-face with the Argentine keeper who blocked the shot, avoiding the equalizer.

Two minutes afterwards, Julián had a chance inside the box again, but his attempt went high over the bar.

Kevin Escamilla gave Pumas hope with a powerful shot that barely missed to the left of Nahuel’s goal.

Just before the end of the first half, our side created two fine opportunities, first when Valencia advanced down the right but his cross to Aquino was too long, and then the Ecuadorian footballer fired off a powerful shot that was blocked by the goalkeeper, conceding a corner.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Tigres enjoyed better recovery and attacking, reflected at 46’ when Paco Venegas crossed, though no one was there to finish, and again at 47’ when Valencia’s shot was saved by the keeper.

At 52’, Valencia advanced down the center and crossed to Julián Quiñones, who broke into the box unmarked to make it 2-0 and send the fans into a frenzy.

Later, at 55’, Vargas’ attempt went wide to the left, then, at 62’, Valencia did the same after firing off a direct free kick.

Pumas had a chance at 68’, with a free kick that forced Nahuel to stretch himself to the limit to save and concede a corner.

At minute 72, Chaka Rodríguez sent a long-range pass to Julián, who broke away and crossed to Valencia, enabling the Ecuadorian to enter the box and shoot, but the goalkeeper intervened.

Pumas came close at 76’, but Tigres sighed with relief when Carlos González’s header from inside the box was blocked by the crossbar. Just twenty-five seconds later, Vargas’ header went wide of the left post.

Vargas had a chance to score a superb goal at 81’, when Julián crossed from the right and the Chilean backheeled the ball into the netkeeper’s hands.

Julián came close to the third at minute 87, when, receiving from the right, he made his way into the penalty area alone, but the keeper deflected the shot, which found Jesús Dueñas, whose attempt missed to the right.

Nahuel blocked a shot by Carlos González from point-blank range. In the very next play, Julián broke away and crossed to Valencia, who penetrated the box unmarked, but the defense intervened when he was trying to shake off the keeper to score what could have been Tigres’ third.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (29 Jesús Dueñas 54’), 9 Eduardo Vargas (26 Luis Quiñones 87’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 71’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

UNAM: 1 Alfredo Saldívar; 2 Alan Mozo, 3 Alejandro Arribas, 4 Luis Quintana, 6 Rafael Escamilla, 10 Víctor Malcorra, 15 Juan Iturbe (8 Pablo Barrera 69’), 16 Andrés Iniestra, 17 Martín Rodríguez (9 Felipe Mora 54’), 23 Andrés Angulo and 32 Carlos González (96 Brian Mendoza 87’).

MGR.: BRUNO MARIONI

 

GOALS

1-0 (28’) Corner play leaves the ball adrift and Julián Quiñones advances to push it into the net.

2-0 (52’) Enner Valencia from the right passes to Julián Quiñones, who draws the goalkeeper off his line and scores.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES:

UNAM: Luis Quintana (62’), Andrés Angulo (83’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: César Arturo Ramos

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Alberto Morín

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Telly Saldívar

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Brian González

 

Focus is on Pumas, not Concacaf

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 5.- Jesús Dueñas, UANL Tigres midfielder, told the media that the squad’s focus isn’t on the Concacaf Final, but on the UNAM Pumas, their next Liga opponent.

Dueñas explained that the idea is to earn another three points this Saturday and share the leadership with León, to continue at the top of the Liga MX and qualify to the Playoffs.

“Our focus is on Pumas (not on a Local Concacaf Final). We want to earn the three points we need to draw level with León. We want to finish in first place in the Liga (MX), the loss against América really hurt us, particularly because of the way it happened.

“But we know that life offers second chances and we have one against Pumas. These three points are crucial to assure our qualification.”

Reaching the Final wouldn’t be enough…

“No, I’ve always said that the directors and the fans want to see their team fighting for the title. I think it’s always come together well; the team invests every season so they won’t just be satisfied with reaching the Semifinal, but humbly compete on an equal standing with anyone.

“We know that by working hard and giving our all on the pitch, we achieved the scores we wanted right from the start. The team has been consistent, which has allowed us to reach second place.”

We are blessed…

“I’ve always said that we are blessed to be experiencing these moments, to be champions in some tournaments. We can’t think about the Final yet as there’s still another game to go. It’s happened to us in other tournaments and in Concacaf, that the score turns around because we’ve neglected to do things.

“I think the team is looking strong, focused. We want the title, but we’re taking it step by step, first Pumas, then Santos. We can’t be overconfident but need to be prepared for whatever lies ahead.”

Does Tigres generate animosity because of its achievements?

“I don’t know. I’m enjoying being able to win championships, qualifying to the Playoffs. The team has been very humble and we’re enjoying ourselves. We’ve never laughed at anyone. God willing, we’re one objective away from competing in a Final, but no one has given us anything.

“So, that’s why the team is where it is. We have a lot of experience, we’re humble, hard-working and when we win, we celebrate with our people and families; all of this has kept our feet firmly on the ground.”

Great or small…

“I’ve heard a lot of comments about whether they’re great or small. I’ll speak to you as a fan, you must stop thinking about whether or not they’re great, but try to enjoy yourselves, the teams from Monterrey, and Santos who have been in Finals, each fanbase needs to enjoy themselves.

“We’re very close to being able to play in another Final, we don’t know whether it will happen again, but what’s most important is to enjoy ourselves. We’ve never won an international tournament, so we pray to God that we’ll achieve this. We’ll talk about this when the time is right. All the clubs’ fans should be enjoying themselves instead of insulting each other.”

Gignac’s return…

“It’s very important for André and for everyone else, he’s a striker together with Enner, Vargas, Quiñones, Aquino, all extremely important players, and what could be better than having the whole squad now that the Liga is coming to an end and we’re just days away from competing for a place in the Final, better than everyone being on top form. The team has the capacity to participate in two tournaments, since whoever has played has done a good job.”

 

With One Foot in the Final: 3-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA,  April 3rd.- The UANL Tigres had cause for celebration this evening, placing one foot in the Final of the Concacaf Champions League by defeating Santos Laguna 3-0 in the first leg of the Semifinal.

Eduardo Vargas and Enner Valencia, the latter with a brace, scored the three goals between them, all in the first half.

 

FIRST HALF

Our team got straight into their stride, as requested by the manager before the match, with ball control and possession. In fact, Eduardo Vargas came close at the five-minute mark, but the referee had already signaled offside.

But, three minutes later, the Chilean footballer broke into the box again, counterattacking when keeper Orozco saved a shot by Julián Quiñones and Vargas took advantage of the rebound to score, making it 1-0 and bringing the fans in the Universitario Stadium to their feet.

After the goal, the opponent seemed to grow somewhat, increasing their recovery and attack, only to encounter an inspired Argentine keeper, Nahuel Guzmán, who, at  23’, blocked Julio Furch’s point-blank shot.

A couple of minutes later, at 25’, Patón (Nahuel Guzmán’s nickname) loomed large again to intercept a powerful shot by Matheus Doria.

However, Ricardo Ferretti’s men wanted more and, at 27’, Chaka Rodríguez controlled along the right flank and crossed into the heart of the penalty area, where Enner Valencia leapt and headed the ball into the net, scoring Tigres’ second.

The Ecuadorian was also inspired and, at minute 30, came close again inside the box, but the defense intervened.

Nevertheless, minute 36 told another story when Luis Quiñones controlled, broke away down the right and crossed to the near post, where Valencia finished and brought the score to 3-0 – it was the start of a brilliant evening for our team.

Afterwards, at 40’, Vargas’ indirect free kicked smashed into the wall, but he fired off a shot on the rebound that the defense intercepted and sent out of play for a corner.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tigres aimed to continue with the same strategy against an opponent that wanted to wake up and sought to close the gaps, but, at 56’, Julián Quiñones attacked along the left, crossed, but just as Valencia was about to shoot, the defense intervened.

Two minutes afterwards, the Ecuadorian fired off a shot from inside the box, but Orozco made a spectacular save.

Tigres created another opportunity at 64’, when Valencia broke away along the right and cut back to Vargas, whose shot was saved by Orozco, with the rebound finding Julián, but his attempt was intercepted by the defense whose clearance went out of play, conceding a corner.

Tuca chose to make his first substitution on the pitch, taking Luis Quiñones off at minute 71 and replacing him with Javier Aquino, who had already recovered from an injury sustained on Saturday.

Carioca had a chance at 75’, with a direct free kick that only just missed to the left.

Nahuel appeared again at minute 77, when the Argentine saved an attempt by Marlos Moreno from the center of the box and up close, in two moves.

Just before the final whistle blow, Jesús Dueñas came close to the fourth, when, in a one-two with Vargas, he came face-to-face with the goal, but Orozco intervened, and then Valencia had a chance with a shot that looked as though it would go into the upper-left corner.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 71’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

SANTOS: 1 Jonathan Orozco; 2 Javier Abella, 4 Jesús Ángulo, 5 Hugo Nervo, 9 Julio Furch, 10 Diego Valdes, 11 Marlos Moreno, 16 Ulises Rivas (24 Javier Correa 46’), 18 Ayrton Preciado (15 Brian Lozano 74’), 21 Matheus Doria and 23 Juan Vazquez.

MGR.: SALVADOR REYES JR.

 

GOALS

1-0 (8’) The ball jumps over the line, finds Eduardo Vargas, who shoots and scores.

2-0 (27’) Cross from the right by Luis Rodríguez to Enner Valencia, who heads the ball in.

3-0 (36’) Luis Quiñones crosses from the right to the near post, where Enner Valencia scores.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Guido Pizarro (51’)

SANTOS: Javier Correa (25’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Ismall Elfath (USA)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Corey Parker (USA)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Armando Villareal (USA)

“It’s Something We’re Seeking”

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 2nd.- In a press conference, Ricardo Ferretti and Hugo Ayala agreed that the Concacaf Champions League is a tournament that they are seeking and will fight for, whoever the opponent.

“It’s a tournament we’ve been seeking. We’ve had two opportunities without success and, of course, now we’re in the Semifinal I think we’re all aware that we don’t want to let this chance slip away and we’ll do everything we can to achieve this goal,” said Tuca.

“We have high hopes of winning every tournament we participate in, we’re nearly there, but we need to work hard in the matches, and we hope and want to win this Cup,” the center back reiterated.

Ferretti explained that, just like Tigres, every single team wants to gain an advantage in the first leg of each qualifying round.

“Every single teams wants an advantage. If you ask them, I think they’ll say they want an advantage tomorrow as well, just like us.”

“Let’s think that in the first match we want to do well, improve on our performance in the last match, improving on things we neglected to do. Of course, every game is different and I hope that tomorrow my team will get back on track and be up to their usual standard,” explained the Tigres manager.

Gain an advantage at home…

“ We first have to think about the home game and try to gain an advantage. It won’t be easy, so we need to keep a cool head,” commented Hugo Ayala.

We’ve prepared for the best Santos…

“We’ve prepared to compete against the best Santos, we have a great deal of respect for today’s opponent, they have players who can throw you off balance, who have an excellent track record. It won’t be easy, even though they’re not at their best moment right now. They have the capacity to resolve a match, so we need to concentrate and be focused throughout the whole time, trying not to let them through or give them goal opportunities,” Ayala said regarding this Wednesday’s game.

There’s no difference between Mexican and MLS teams…

“I can’t see much difference (between the MLS and Mexican teams). We always try to watch the MLS matches and have played against them quite often and, as Hugo said, we respect every single opponent.

“Just because Santos belongs to our league and another one to the MLS, it doesn’t mean we’ll be underestimating anyone. We view all our opponents equally,” commented the head coach.

The team has talked privately…

“We have plenty of room for improvement, we’ve discussed this with each other. We’ve said what we had to say and I hope that the improvements resulting from our discussions will be reflected tomorrow,” Tuca reiterated.

Neglected to Do Things.- Ferretti

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 1st.- Ricardo Ferretti quite frankly acknowledges that the team played badly against América and that’s all there is to say about it, since they neglected to do things on the pitch that they know how to do, he stated during the press conference.

Tuca said that he’s not satisfied and that losing hurts, but he doesn’t want to make a storm in a teacup about the defeat, like some people have been doing.

“We lost because we neglected to do things that we know how to do,” Tigres manager stated. “We’re not satisfied at all, but we’re not going to make a storm in a teacup out of it. We didn’t have a good match, which hurts, but we reached the conclusion that we neglected to do things that we had been doing before,” he said.

The match was even…

“We still insist that before the second goal, the match was even. Yes, we made a mistake in the first goal and even more so in the second. What we neglected to do is what worries us most.

“I’ve always said that the team shouldn’t have these ups and downs, moments when they play very well and others when they don’t perform properly, and that’s the conclusion we reached. We have to move on as soon as possible, because we have another opportunity on Wednesday.”

The squad trained today at La Cueva, in Zuazua, and, before going out onto the pitch, they held a video session to analyze the errors made on Saturday against América.

Afterwards, on the field, they carried out physical exercises under the direction of Guillermo Orta, then played an inter-squad football game, where the coach began to reveal the eleven who would be playing against Santos, in the Semifinal of the Concacaf Champions League.

Mental preparation omitted…

“I didn’t focus on any of that (mental preparation). I saw that they played a good game, deserved to win. I won’t deny it because they were very consistent across the 90 minutes.

“Regarding the match we lost here against them, 3-2, the only difference I could see with the game played there was that they scored 3 goals from set-pieces and this time two, and, in this aspect, we faltered again.

“And we can’t be in this position, but mentally I didn’t see any difference. It’s true that they took advantage of some very silly mistakes on our part.”

No message for the fans right now…

“You want to make out that things are worse than they are and I’m not going to fall for it, because before Saturday, you didn’t say send a message now that you’re winning, that you’re in first place overall together with León. Let’s all keep things in perspective.

“If when I lose a match, I have to go and apologize to my supporters, then when we win they should all come here to say something to me. Let’s not exaggerate, there’s no need to. We lost because we neglected to do some simple things that we do well, and this time we didn’t do them.”

The fans aren’t the only one who suffer…

“The fans aren’t the only ones who suffer, we suffer too, we’re not made of stone, we do have a heart.”

Nothing to do with the break for the FIFA calendar…

“It’s got nothing to do with the break at all. Just because we lost, if I say it’s because of the break, well, it’s impossible for me to say that, it would be foolish. We had two weeks for players to recover, we didn’t win, but it hasn’t got anything to do with the FIFA calendar.”

About André Gignac’s status…

“He’s recovering, he already in rehabilitation and we just need to focus on the physical aspect a bit more until he’s fine again. His injury is getting better, he can pass the ball more and we hope that he’ll soon be able to join the team again, get fit so that he will be back in form at the same level as he was before.”

Brought to a Halt in the Azteca

MEXICO CITY,  March 30th.- The UANL Tigres were brought to a halt in their upward trend, having lost 3-0 to América on matchday 12 of the Liga MX.

With this result, our team holds onto 26 points and second place in the general table, while León has reached 29.

 

FIRST HALF

The start of the match looked promising for Ricardo Ferretti’s players, since just two minutes in, Eduardo Vargas controlled inside the box, but was so closely marked by América’s defense that he was unable to finish.

Soon afterwards, at minute five, Bruno Valdez scored the hosts’ first from inside the box. He seemed to be offside, but after a VAR review the referee confirmed the goal.

After that, the Águilas gave the impression of wanting more, reflected in the intensity of the pressure they put on Tigres’ attempts to come out from the back and attacking as soon as they recovered the ball.

However, our team gradually began to gain possession, rotate the ball across the  pitch, something they do so well, and began to put the pressure on the opponent’s goal.

At 18’, Enner Valencia’s attempt was blocked by the defense and, a minute later, the Ecuadorian leapt inside the box, receiving a cross from Javier Aquino, but his header was too high.

Aquino, at 21’, came very close with a powerful mid-distance shot that keeper Marchesín only just managed to save, conceding a corner.

A minute afterwards, Aquino shouted for a penalty when he entered the box from the left, was pushed from behind and knocked down, but the referee didn’t agree.

América responded with a shot  by Andrés Uribe, at 24’, forcing Nahuel Guzmán to leap and stretch to the limit to send the ball out for a corner.

Enner appeared again at minute 32, attempted a scissor kick, but the ball rolled past the outside of the left post.

 

SECOND HALF

At the start of the second half, it looked as though our side was going all out for the equalizer, since they were dominating in possession and recovery, but were unable to press forward and penetrate the opponent’s goal area.

Nevertheless, at 48’, Aquino had an opportunity with a mid-distance shot, but a defender intervened, conceding a corner. Luis Quiñones tried to attack along the right flank, in partnership with Chaka Rodríguez, but they couldn’t get close.

The opponent began to use counterattacking as their main strategy since they wanted even more, and, at minute 68, they succeeded when Víctor Aguilera capitalized on a free kick to score the second, sending the ball under the wall and into the net inside the right post.

Being 2-0 down made it more difficult for our team to come back, although they never stopped trying.

At 73’, Luis Quiñones’ weak shot was blocked by América’s goalkeeper. Later, Lucas Zelarayán, who had substituted Vargas, had a chance with a free kick, but his attempt hit the wall.

Minutes before the final whistle, at 87’, Nicolás Novaretti received outside the box, his shot hit the post and ended up inside the net. The final score was 3-0.

 

LINEUPS

AMÉRICA: 1 Agustín Marchesín; 3 Jorge Sánchez, 4 Edson Álvarez, 5 Guido Rodríguez, 8 Andrés Uribe (14 Nicolás Benedetti 62’), 11 Andrés Ibarguen, 15 Nicolás Castillo (21 Henry Martin 50’), 18 Bruno Valdez (2 Carlos Vargas 79’), 19 Víctor Aguilera, 22 Paul Aguilar and 30 Alex Ibarra.

MGR.: MIGUEL HERRERA

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas (33 Julián Quiñones 62’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (8 Lucas Zelarayán 79’), 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

1-0 (5’) Bruno Valdez shoots from inside the box and scores.

2-0 (68’) Víctor Aguilera scores off a free kick to the inside of the right post.

3-0 (87’) Nicolás Novaretti’s shot hits the post and goes into the net.

 

YELLOW CARDS

None

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Jorge Antonio Pérez

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Michel Morales

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: César Cerritos

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jonathan Hernández

Home Draw Enough to Qualify

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Friday, March 29, 2019.- Tigres Women earned one point this evening and, even though it was enough to secure their qualification to the Playoffs, the feeling in the Universitario Stadium was one of having lost two points against a side that played defensively to avoid defeat and make up somewhat for stiff legs after a 12-hour journey.

Tigres Women were superior from the starting whistle to the very end, took control as of minute one and generated as many opportunities as they liked on Necaxa’s goal, but ultimately paid the price for their poor aim owing to their over-eager and uncontrolled attitude in front of the opponent’s goal.

The match got off to a troubled start, with Necaxa arriving late after the bus transporting them to San Nicolás de los Garza was involved in an accident. Tigres sent one of their own buses to the Saltillo-Monterrey highway to rescue them and ensure the game could go on.

The starting whistle sounded 25 minutes  late and from that moment Katty Martínez, Evelyn González, Jacqueline Ovalle, Liliana Mercado and even Greta Espinoza all had a chance to open the scoring, but the ball just refused to go into the net, going wide to the sides, hitting the woodwork or because of two miraculous saves by the visiting goalkeeper, Andrea Rivera.

The clearest opportunities were seen at minute two when Ovalle’s impeccable direct free kick lobbed over the wall, but found the crossbar, marking the start of a long, nightmarish evening for our felines’ nose for goals.

Just 22 minutes later, Espinoza pulled off a solid header inside Necaxa’s goal area, but keeper Rivera displayed cat-like reflects with a spectacular save that sent the ball out for a corner, dampening the cries of ‘goal’ of the 8,853 fans who had come to the stadium to enjoy a Friday-night football match.

After the break, manager Ramón Villa Zevallos sent Nayeli Rangel and Liliana Rodríguez on to replace Cristina Ferral and Nancy Antonio, respectively, endeavoring to increase the team’s depth and taking advantage of the fact that the opponents hadn’t even come close to the felines’ goal.

It wasn’t until minute 77 when Ovalle again attempted a shot from outside the box, which was intercepted, conceding a corner. Our players’ frustration was beginning to show, since neither Evelyn nor Jacquie could cross accurately, despite their assertiveness.

‘Chito’ called on Fernanda Elizondo to increase the number of attackers and create more chances, but neither luck nor accurate passes were on the sprightly striker’s side, preventing her from making her mark. The closest she came was in injury time with a sliding tackle in front of the goal that she tried to finish, but without any success.

Tigres reached 30 points, but lost Group 2 leadership. However, they have secured a spot in the Playoffs, even though there are still two more fixtures to go, against Morelia and Chivas, as well as resting on the last matchday.

 

 

LINEUPS:

TIGRES: Vania Villalobos; Karen Luna, Cristina Ferral (Nayeli Rangel 46’), Greta Espinoza and Selene Cortés; Mariana Elizondo, Liliana Mercado (Fernanda Elizondo 71’) and Nancy Antonio (Liliana Rodríguez 46’); Evelyn González, Jacqueline Ovalle and Katty Martínez.

Manager: Ramón Villa Zevallos

 

NECAXA: Andrea Rivera; Lucía Muñoz, Emili Bautista, Liliana Sánchez and Brianda Escobedo; Valeria Meza, Nohely Enríquez, María Magaña (Olimpia Cuevas 65’) (Andrea Villalobos 84’) and Brenda García; Claudia Sánchez and Vyaney Zorrilla (Michelle Medina 59’).

Manager: Fabiola Vargas

 

Referee: Felipe Moreno

 

Yellow cards: Nohely Enríquez, Necaxa (49’)

 

A Fine Game.- Luis Quiñones

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 28th.- A special and a fine game that everyone wants to play is how Luis Quiñones described this Saturday’s fixture against América, in a press conference.

“I think there’s something special, something fine about these matches. With an opponent like América, we have to go there committed to achieving a good result on a difficult pitch, but we’re aware of our capacity as a group and will try to capitalize on what we’ve got.

“Everyone experiences these matches differently, knowing that América has great players, as does Tigres. I think it will be a good game for us to play and make the most of our qualities.”

There’s a plus…

“There’s a plus that gives you the confidence to carry on working day by day, achieving the clear objectives we have set for ourselves.”

The opponent’s challenging factor…

“I think it’s their forwards. They have players who can throw you off balance in their attack, which is important for them, but we’ll be trying to offset this with the strategy we’ve been managing of having an equal team pitch-wide, never dividing it into two halves.”

Trust…

“I’ve been working on gaining trust since last year. I had the trust, I had the minutes, I’ve received it again here and I was aware of the responsibility of being here in Tigres, the existing position, competing with great players and that has helped me to improve every day.

“I think it’s about seizing opportunities. You always have to be willing and trust that You always have to be willing and trust that whatever you are given, you have to give back in the same way.”

Tigres is the best team in Mexico…

“There’s no doubt about that. We know that right now Tigres, in my opinion, is the best team in Mexico. It’s clear everywhere. The team has great players who know what it’s like to play in international tournaments, with their National Teams, so the club has earned respect.”

Respect for everyone…

“I believe that we view all our opponents with respect, whether it’s América, whichever team, we always try to win, do what we do best. We know that with América, it’s a difficult, different match and we’ll be playing it in the best possible way.”

Everyone has done well…

“I think that the players who are participating have done well, scoring goals again. We’re going to carry on working and hope that André Gignac will soon be coming back and will do so in the best possible way.”

Working at Full Stretch.- Quiñones

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 27th.- The team has been working at full stretch and the upcoming match is one everyone wants to play in, affirmed Julián Quiñones, when discussing the game against the América Águilas

“The team has always been on good form, we’ve been working at full stretch and now the international players have returned, we’re back to normal, focusing on Saturday’s match, which we know won’t be by any means easy,” affirmed the Colombian striker.

Not forgetting about work on days off…

“I think that’s why we’re professionals. We all know that they gave us days off, but that doesn’t mean we forgot about our work. We knew we had to come back and we did so on top form. The team is very close-knit and the intensity can be seen in the training sessions.”

Everyone wants to play…

“Everyone would like to play these games. Let’s hope those who are on the pitch can give their all, because this is a team that always moves forward and always wants more.

“I’ve always felt fine. Opportunities come up and, whether or not it’s my turn to play, I’ll always be there supporting the team.”

We’ll be playing as a team…

“We’re going to do our job, we’ll be playing like the team we are, there’ll be no rivalry. We’ll simply be looking for the three points that the team wants.”

It’s not a Derby…

“I don’t see it like that (as a derby). We really need to put that to one side, that rivalry  you mention, just go out and do our job, play the game in the way that characterizes this team and go all out for the three points.”

Gignac’s possible absence…

“André is an excellent footballer. We’ve had a few matches without him and the team has performed well, because we all play the same and whoever is picked to go on will do their best, which has been reflected in the matches we’ve played without him.”

The Derby Is Ours

GUADALUPE, March 25th.- Tigres Women put an end to Rayadas’ unbeaten streak by winning the local Derby in the Women’s Liga MX with a minimum difference of 1-0 and claiming the top spot in Group Two.

With this win, thanks to a goal by Katty Martínez, our team now has a total of 29 points, just one behind Pachuca, and equalizing those of Rayadas and América.

 

FIRST HALF

Only three minutes had gone by when Liliana Mercado escaped along the left flank and managed to cut back just before the ball went over the line, but the defense intercepted, putting an end to the threat.

Afterwards, the road ahead improved for our players, since at 8’ Evelyn González broke away down the center only to be tripped up by Mariana Cadena, who was immediately shown a red card, leaving Rayadas one woman down.

At that point in the match, Tigres Women took control of possession, though had difficulty in their overlapping, forcing them to make use of the flanks as their breakaway zone.

At 23’, Lizbeth Ovalle broke away along the right, crossed into the goal area, where the defense intervened, conceding a corner. A minute later, Belén Cruz attacked down the center, but the defense intercepted her shot yet again.

Rayadas tried to react at 31’ when our goalkeeper, Ofelia Solís, one-handedly cleared a ball inside her area.

Tigres Women responded  a minute later with a backheel by Lizbeth Ovalle to find Belén Cruz, who came very close to scoring a superb goal, but only just missed to the left.

However, the opponent wasn’t about to give anything away and, at 38’, came so close that we only just escaped, when Selene Cortés intercepted a shot in front of an empty net and, in the counterattack, Daniela Solís sent the ball too high over the crossbar.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tigres Women came out onto the pitch seeking to capitalize on their numerical advantage and, at 47’, Katty Martínez got off a shot looking for the left post, but goalkeeper Claudia Lozoya cleared the ball out of play, giving away a corner.

Katty Martínez tried her luck again at 60’, when her mid-distance shot came close but missed to the left.

And, at the 65th minute, Belén Cruz penetrated the box in an individual play, the goalkeeper cleared and the ball reached Katty Martínez, whose shot was also saved but bounced back to her and she pushed it in to make it 1-0 and send the Tigres fans wild in the Rayadas’ Stadium.

Tigres Women dominated in possession, but the opponent, now that they were trailing behind, endeavored to attack with all ten players. In fact, at 73’ Desirée Monsivaís, who had just come on, entered the box but her cross went wide to the left.

At 88’, Belén Cruz received outside the box and managed to shoot in two moves, though the keeper had no trouble blocking the attempt.

 

 

LINEUPS

RAYADAS: 1 Claudia Lozoya; 2 Alexia Frías, 4 Rebeca Bernal, 10 Dinora Garza (7 Hilary García 57’), 16 Selena Castillo, 17 Alicia Cervantes,  19 Mariana Cadena, 20 Daniela Solís (8 Diana Evangelista 77’), 25 Norali Armenta (9 Desirée Monsivaís 67’), 26 Valeria Valdéz and 27 Victoria López.

MGR.: HÉCTOR BECERRA

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio (27 Liliana Rodríguez 59’), 7 Liliana Mercado, 9 Evelyn González (21 Jaquelin García 89’), 10 Katty Martínez, 13 Karen Luna, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz and 22 Selene Cortés (17 Natalia Villarreal 75’).

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

GOALS

0-1   (65’) In an individual play, Belén Cruz penetrates the box, shoots, the goalkeeper clears and the ball reaches Katty Martínez, whose shot is also saved but bounces back to her and she pushes it in to score.

 

YELLOW CARDS

RAYADAS:

TIGRES WOMEN: Greta Espinoza (21’)

 

RED CARDS

RAYADAS: Mariana Cadena (9’)

TIGRES WOMEN:

 

REFEREE: Diana Pérez

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Sandra Ramírez

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Viridiana Flores

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Julián Duarte

We Can Cope with the Liga and Concacaf.- Damm

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 21st.- Tigres has a squad that can cope with the Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, affirmed Jürgen Damm, who is confident that the team will do well.

“Competing in two tournaments – from the very beginning of a tournament the objective is to finish in the top three places and we’re on the right track in both of them. I think we have an excellent group, a great squad and will be able to cope with both tournaments.

“Any player who is in either of the tournaments will do a good job because there’s quality. The goal is the same for both of them. We’re not going to prioritize a tournament and the objective, our obligation, is to be champions in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Liga,” Damm declared.

In an unusual press conference, since it took place before the training session, the midfielder explained that the injury that has been troubling him for weeks is now in the past.

“Fortunately, I’ve recovered and am now working at the same pace as the others, getting back on form physically and in my game, so that when the coach decides to send me on, I’ll be ready and at the best possible level.

“It’s been a difficult tournament regarding injuries. I had a muscle injury, then a relapse. After excellent physical therapy, I’m ready if I’m needed and, if not, I’ll carry on supporting the team. We’re on the right track.”

Will the FIFA calendar help the team?

“Yes, so that the whole team will be available and they can select the appropriate starting eleven for the Concacaf and Liga matches. The two tournaments are in their final stretch and in both of them we’re generating the obligation and the commitment to give our supporters, the group and the directors our all. It’s important for everyone to be on top form and available, and then ‘el profe’ will decide who’s going to play.”

A few days away from seven years in the First Division…

“I’m very happy to have been in the First Division for seven yours. As they say, it’s not difficult getting there, but staying. I’m very happy to have been in this great profession for seven years and want to carry on and try to make the most of my time and establish myself in Tigres, a team with the best squad not only in Mexico, but also the continent.

“It’s an amazing challenge, an enormous test to establish myself with such good players. God willing, I’ll be able to live up to the trust the players, the fans and, of course, the coaches placed in me, all of them have supported me across these four years here in Tigres”.

There’s an outstanding debt…

“I know I’ve still got a lot more to give this Club, with what they’ve invested in me, supported me, I think there’s so much more I can still give them. So, I need to carry on working, carry on fulfilling objectives, winning championships and, personally, to give everything I’ve got to football so I can give Tigres many more reasons to celebrate.”

    Glad for the Quiñones…

“In general, the whole team is performing well and they are also making a difference, scoring goals. They’ve done a fine job, they’re players who have grown a lot. Whoever is playing, we always support them, that’s fundamental”.

    The media insists on asking players to imagine another local derby in the final…

“It would be nice, it’s happened before in the Liga and the atmosphere was amazing, the Derby with the most passion, it was a fantastic Final and now repeating it in the Concacaf Champions League, well, why not?  We’re the teams who are doing best, but both sides have another match first – we’re playing Santos, a team we respect a great deal, that’s always a difficult opponent. We can’t think about the final yet, we have to play in the Semifinal first, but, if it happens, it would be very special.”

       The standard of football is growing…

“We’re reaching a pretty high standard of football, something not only the group, the directors and the coaching staff all wanted, but also the fans, spectacular football, with goals, and I think we’re achieving that.

“And, actually, we’re one of the teams that’s putting on the best performance for the fans and it’s important to play good football, while prioritizing the result, which will always be the most important aspect, achieving results, championships and if you can play spectacular football, that’s even better. But, what’s most important for us right now is to stay in the top spot, first place in the table and finish this fantastic season we’ve had with a title.”

We Can Cope with the Liga and Concacaf.- Damm

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 21st.- Tigres has a squad that can cope with the Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, affirmed Jürgen Damm, who is confident that the team will do well.

“Competing in two tournaments – from the very beginning of a tournament the objective is to finish in the top three places and we’re on the right track in both of them. I think we have an excellent group, a great squad and will be able to cope with both tournaments.

“Any player who is in either of the tournaments will do a good job because there’s quality. The goal is the same for both of them. We’re not going to prioritize a tournament and the objective, our obligation, is to be champions in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Liga,” Damm declared.

In an unusual press conference, since it took place before the training session, the midfielder explained that the injury that has been troubling him for weeks is now in the past.

“Fortunately, I’ve recovered and am now working at the same pace as the others, getting back on form physically and in my game, so that when the coach decides to send me on, I’ll be ready and at the best possible level.

“It’s been a difficult tournament regarding injuries. I had a muscle injury, then a relapse. After excellent physical therapy, I’m ready if I’m needed and, if not, I’ll carry on supporting the team. We’re on the right track.”

Will the FIFA calendar help the team?

“Yes, so that the whole team will be available and they can select the appropriate starting eleven for the Concacaf and Liga matches. The two tournaments are in their final stretch and in both of them we’re generating the obligation and the commitment to give our supporters, the group and the directors our all. It’s important for everyone to be on top form and available, and then ‘el profe’ will decide who’s going to play.”

A few days away from seven years in the First Division…

“I’m very happy to have been in the First Division for seven yours. As they say, it’s not difficult getting there, but staying. I’m very happy to have been in this great profession for seven years and want to carry on and try to make the most of my time and establish myself in Tigres, a team with the best squad not only in Mexico, but also the continent.

“It’s an amazing challenge, an enormous test to establish myself with such good players. God willing, I’ll be able to live up to the trust the players, the fans and, of course, the coaches placed in me, all of them have supported me across these four years here in Tigres”.

There’s an outstanding debt…

“I know I’ve still got a lot more to give this Club, with what they’ve invested in me, supported me, I think there’s so much more I can still give them. So, I need to carry on working, carry on fulfilling objectives, winning championships and, personally, to give everything I’ve got to football so I can give Tigres many more reasons to celebrate.”

    Glad for the Quiñones…

“In general, the whole team is performing well and they are also making a difference, scoring goals. They’ve done a fine job, they’re players who have grown a lot. Whoever is playing, we always support them, that’s fundamental”.

    The media insists on asking players to imagine another local derby in the final…

“It would be nice, it’s happened before in the Liga and the atmosphere was amazing, the Derby with the most passion, it was a fantastic Final and now repeating it in the Concacaf Champions League, well, why not?  We’re the teams who are doing best, but both sides have another match first – we’re playing Santos, a team we respect a great deal, that’s always a difficult opponent. We can’t think about the final yet, we have to play in the Semifinal first, but, if it happens, it would be very special.”

       The standard of football is growing…

“We’re reaching a pretty high standard of football, something not only the group, the directors and the coaching staff all wanted, but also the fans, spectacular football, with goals, and I think we’re achieving that.

“And, actually, we’re one of the teams that’s putting on the best performance for the fans and it’s important to play good football, while prioritizing the result, which will always be the most important aspect, achieving results, championships and if you can play spectacular football, that’s even better. But, what’s most important for us right now is to stay in the top spot, first place in the table and finish this fantastic season we’ve had with a title.”

There are good and bad moments.- Carioca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 20.- Even though the team has 26 of a possible 33 points and is the leader in the Liga MX, together with León, Rafael de Souza still sees ups and downs in the matches.

“I think we need to be more decisive, play the 90 minutes consistently, since during a match we have a lot of good moments and bad moments. Tuca had already talked to us about this, such as in the game against Rayados when we didn’t play so well in the first half, but performed very well in the second.

“So, we need to be like the team that played against Rayados in the second half, an aggressive team that likes ball possession, everyone attacks, everyone defends, and we can achieve this adjustment through training,” commented the Brazilian footballer.

Regarding the break for the Liga owing to the FIFA calendar, Carioca made it quite clear that they can’t waste this opportunity for injured players to recover and for the team to work on any weaknesses.

“Actually, we’re enjoying an excellent moment right now and we can’t waste time during the FIFA calendar period. I think we need to make the most of this opportunity for injured players to recover, to work on any weaknesses in the training sessions, because there’s always something that needs improving.

“I expect Tuca will give us some time off to rest and then get back into our normal routine, starting against América and playing a fantastic game”.

Is the team hoping for the overall leadership?

“Yes, we’re going to fight for first place, because it’s not easy to have earned as many points as we already have, halfway through the tournament. I think we can earn more points, we’ll be competing for the top spot together with León, Rayados, América that’s moving up now. Our goal is to finish in first place. Before the tournament, we had in fact talked about the first four places, but things have changed and now we want that top spot.”

Pressure is normal…

“In a squad like ours, I think there’s a lot of pressure and that’s normal. Real Madrid is under pressure because they didn’t win major tournaments when last year they won everything. People, the fans, the press have forgotten everything we did because that’s how football us. We need to win more and more to convince people.”

Remembering past eliminations …

“It was very painful for us because we left two tournaments, one against Santos and the other against Pumas. We played very badly and we knew that we had to improve a lot in order to hope to win. I think we’re on the right track now, but we haven’t won anything yet, so there’s nothing to celebrate.”

A humbler team…

“We’re very humble now, perhaps before we were lacking humility, respect, but now we aren’t taking any opponent for granted, we’re playing well, winning. Last season, we needed to win more on the road and that’s something we’ve achieved this year. We’re playing well in our away games and at home, so we’re on the right track.”

We Can’t Be Complacent.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 19th.- The UANL Tigres squad can’t afford to downshift in the tournament, just because they are one step away from assuring their qualification to the Playoffs, affirmed goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán.

The renowned Patón, champion with Tigres in 2015, 2016 and 2017, feels that the team is doing well right now, the same as in the Clausura 2017 tournament, when they lifted the trophy as champions in the final against Monterrey.

“We’re doing well right now, I’m not sure if the team is at 100% – I hope not. I know that there are always some details that need to be corrected, but practically having qualified at this point in the tournament hasn’t happened since the year when we finished in second place, at the end of 2017, which is reassuring, although we can’t afford to be complacent.

“We’re aware of how important it is to finish in a good position for the Playoffs format, so we need to give our all to make sure we qualify in the best possible place.”

Regarding the defense’s good performance…

“Every time I speak in favor of something, that positive streak seems to come to an end, so I’ll try to be cautious. I think this is something we’ve talked about a lot in each conference or chats with your colleagues. Last year, the defense, the offense and possession performed somewhat irregularly.

“Now I think that match after match we’ve been looking for consistency, but not based on four or five defenders. As a team, we’ve improved. Perhaps the collaboration of the midfielders in the defense has helped and strengthened us, our focus every day on set-pieces, aerial play and, well, working on details in our competition. Let’s see if we can keep this up throughout the championship. We’ve achieved a solidness that is good for all of us as a team.”

Days for resting and recovering…

“This week will be for resting, especially our minds. We know that we’re facing two months where, if everything works out as we expect and hope, we’ll be playing one match every three days, so now we’ll be enjoying time with our families, forgetting about football for a bit and then starting again. I don’t mean we’re going on holiday tomorrow, but we do have a weekend in which we can stop concentrating on football, except for our international players, of course.

“Players with injuries will be able to recover and we can all get ready to be on top form to face the last stretch of the tournament, as well as the elimination rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League. After the break, we’ll be working on some details, preparing for these eight consecutive games, involving long trips, a great deal of concentration in the hotel, and then think about the match against América.”

We mustn’t be overconfident…

“We mustn’t be overconfident, since each game deserves to be taken seriously and, of course, keeping in mind that we need just one more point to secure a spot in the Playoffs and think about fighting for the leadership, that’s our objective. Coming face to face with the final if we qualify in time will be a match-by-match effort.”

About Gerardo Martino, the Mexico National Team manager…

“There’s not much I can say about Tata. I imagine all the coaching staff has high hopes, intending to work hard and grow as time goes by. It’s a process that’s just getting started, with some players who worked in prior processes.

“I wish him all the best, every success. I hope they can capitalize on everything he has to offer the National Team, just as he did in Atlanta a few months ago and in Argentina, Newell’s.”

The Tri’s (Mexico National Team) identity: What is Tata Martino’s priority?

“I can talk about my own experience, not about right now, since I’m not a fortune teller. When he arrived at Newell’s, he told us that he’d try to adapt to the players he had and to the group’s potential, so perhaps one of the perspectives I might have is that, as a National Team manager, he will obviously choose his players and, based on those characteristics, try to exploit the potential of each player and then merge them together as a team.

“I think it’s the most difficult job of all, getting each and every one of the players you like to work together as a team. The coaches have the task of using their intelligence and capacity to get the players to give their all. One of his qualities is that he knows how to interpret what each individual can give, proving his intelligence and ability to read the game, and, therefore, get every player to fulfill their potential.”

Does he have a style of play?

“At times he can be flexible, but I think that as time goes by he’ll gradually generate his identity. He’s a coach who likes possession, who is aware that Mexican football employs that strategy – endeavoring to play with ball possession.

“So, their job is to provide the players from each call-up with the necessary tools so they can ultimately use them on the pitch, but perhaps some of the qualities or characteristics could be ball possession, playing at times with three forwards, a nine and two wingers, a holding midfielder and center backs. Let’s see what happens in these matches, and I wish all the members of the National Team and Tata’s coaching staff every success.”

 

Ferretti explains the key to their successful tournament

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 18th.- The key to enjoying a tournament with 26 points in 11 matches is not the result of just one factor, but ranges from a sense of sporting honor to more games with no goals conceded, affirmed manager Ricardo Ferretti.

When asked specifically what the key is, the head coach answered, “Well many things, we could start with a sense of sporting honor because we were eliminated last season and didn’t achieve anything, being humbler, working harder, more consciousness, more concentration.

“More position, more games without conceding so many goals, it’s an array of factors that you can mention about being where we are. I think it’s everyone’s objective, it’s not that easy, but so far this tournament things are going in the right direction.

“There’s still a long way to go, we’re in a good situation in both tournaments, one practically reflected in the number of points, although it doesn’t satisfy us or anything, we have to keep on looking for more points to finish as well as possible, and the other looking to qualify and the objective we’ve yet to achieve.”

Will the FIFA calendar break have an impact?

“I don’t think so. There’s no point in thinking negatively, the calendar was planned beforehand and you have to make the most of it. We have a few injured players and this is their opportunity to recover, the mindset has to be the same as it has been so far.”

The team has proven that it doesn’t depend on Gignac…

“It’s not about whether André is as important as everyone else. We’re happy that regardless of whether a player is absent, the team maintains its level. I’d like the team to be complete, without any injuries or suspensions and, of course, we have our basic work, all the players know the simple things they have to do and that gives us peace of mind. Any player who goes on knows what is expected of him and is prepared to give his all for the good of the team.”

Is there anyone  in Tigres who should be in the National Team, in your opinion?

“The ones who are supposed to be there are there, in accordance with the requirements of the National Team’s manager. Our support for him is unconditional and if he thinks there should be one, two or none, than we respect his decision.”

What tips would you give Martino for the start of this stage?

“That’s not up to me. I don’t have to tell him what to do. He has more than enough experience, he was the Argentina manager, he knows more than I do, what the obstacles are, what he should do and, whatever he does, we’re behind him.”

The team is working to fight for the title…

“That’s what we’re working for, the Playoffs, fighting for the title. That’s always been a distinguishing feature of our team. I don’t look at statistics, but I do believe that we have such and such a number of years qualifying, but it’s something I have always imagined. Last tournament, we ended up in fifth place and now we’re fighting for the top spots, so we need to carry on with this mentality.”

Respect for hierarchies…

“I’ve always respected hierarchies, because they’ve got where they are over the years with their performance. I’ve always respected them and still do. But, if a player isn’t on top form, then there’s another one who can take his place.”

Growing internal competition…

“Excellent. It’s all healthy competition. As we’ve already discussed, I have two good players for each position. I have to choose eleven, but all of them are ready to play. I am fully confident that whoever I send on won’t detract from the team in any way.”

A Win for Tigres Women

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 18th.- Tigres Women achieved a win again in the Clausura 2019 tournament, defeating Santos Women 2-0, to hold onto third place in Group Two.

Goals by Liliana Mercado and Lizbeth Ovalle helped the team to reach a total of 26 points, compared with 29 for Rayadas and 27 for Atlas.

 

FIRST HALF

In the first half, Tigres Women dominated in possession, but not in depth, with short passes all over the field, but ineffectiveness in penetrating the opponent’s box and, without taking the initiative, focused on counterattacks.

Minute 13 saw an attempt by Lizbeth Ovalle, but Santos’ netkeeper, Wendy Toledo, cleared the ball for a corner.

Then, at 21’, a shot by Katty Martínez inside the box was blocked and, later, at 35’, she came close to scoring from right in front of the net, but the goalkeeper intervened, conceding a corner.

Santos reacted through Cynthia Peraza, when she saw that our goalkeeper had come off her line, getting off a shot that came close to going into the net, but Ofelia Solís responded brilliantly and saved the ball, at minute 41.

 

SECOND HALF

The pace of the match remained much the same after the break, with the yellow-and-blues having possession, while the side from the Comarca region tried to come out from the back with long passes.

At the 51st minute, as Belén Cruz broke into the goal area, the keeper came off her line and committed a foul, forcing the referee to award a penalty. A minute later, Liliana Mercado converted the penalty, missed but Sully scored in the counterattack, putting her side ahead 1-0.

At 59’, a long pass looked for Belén, who had entered the box, but a defender intercepted her good chance at goal.

Then, at 61’, Mariana Elizondo’s shot from outside the box was blocked by the woodwork, saving Santos from conceding a second goal.

And, at 65’, Lizbeth Ovalle scored a superb goal, shaking off two defenders on the edge of the box and firing off a left-footed shot that the goalkeeper didn’t stand a chance of saving, making it 2-0.

Afterwards, Mariana Elizondo had a good look at scoring the third, but her shot was sent out for a corner by Santos’ netkeeper.

At 73’, Liliana Rodríguez, who had just come on, conceded a corner when her direct kick rebounded off the wall.

An unmarked Ovalle came close to the third at minute 79, receiving in the box, but she took too long to get into position and then shake off her marker, giving the defense time to intervene.

A few minutes later, at 83’, Mariana Elizondo managed a long-range shot, but wasn’t able to score the third either since the ball hit the bar.

Daniela Delgado came close to reducing the difference when a defensive error allowed her to come face-to-face with the goalkeeper, but her shot went high.

At 89’, Nayeli Rangel penetrated the box and made it 3-0, only for her goal to be disallowed for an alleged offside.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio (27 Liliana Rodríguez 69’), 7 Liliana Mercado (11 Nayeli Rangel 78’), 10 Katty Martínez, 13 Karen Luna, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz (9 Evelyn González 73’), 22 Selene Cortés and 32 Mariana Elizondo.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS

SANTOS: 29 Wendy Toledo; 5 Ana Gutiérrez, 7 Brenda Guevara (20 Sofía Ochoa 77’), 10 Cinthya Peraza, 11 Nancy Quiñones, 14 Katia Estrada, 15 Daniela Delgado, 18 Aide Pérez, 19 Isela Ojeda (30 Yeni Rodríguez 84’), 23 Alexxandra Ramírez and 28 Linda Valdez.

MGR.: JORGE MACÍAS

 

GOALS

1-0   (52’) Penalty converted by Liliana Mercado, saved by the goalkeeper, but Mercado counterattacks and scores.

2-0 (65’) Lizbeth Ovalle receives on the edge of the box, overcomes two defenders and scores with a left-footed lob over the keeper.

Tigres Take Back the Top Spot, for Now: 4-1!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 16th.- The UANL Tigres took back the top spot in Mexican football, defeating the Querétaro Gallos 4-1, to reach a total of 26 points, just three more than their closest rival.

Goals by Julián Quiñones, who scored twice, Carlos Salcedo and Eduardo Vargas gave our team their eighth win in 11 matches in the Liga MX Clausura 2019 tournament.

León, who is hosting Veracruz on Sunday evening, is the only team that could topple Ricardo Ferretti’s players from the top of the table.

 

FIRST HALF

Our team got straight down to business, knowing that they needed three points to recover their leadership position in the Liga, to the extent that just one minute into the match Julián Quiñones created an opportunity that went straight into the hands of Querétaro’s goalkeeper.

At 4’, Luis Quiñones broke away down the right and got off a cross that Jesús Dueñas intended to finish, but the pass was too long.

Then, around the seventh minute, Luis Quiñones advanced to cross into the box, where Julián, face-to-face with the keeper, headed the ball in, bringing the Incomparable fans to their feet in the Universitario Stadium.

Now they were ahead, Ricardo Ferretti’s men wanted more and, at 10’, midfielder Dueñas looked for Julián, but the defense intervened.

Just a couple of minutes later, following a corner, Carlos Salcedo headed the second goal into the net. The 2-0 lead made things easier for our team, although they continued to show that they wanted even more.

As a result, at 19’, Hugo Ayala came close with a header that hit the bar. The visitors were safe for now. Afterwards, at 22’, Dueñas’ mid-distance shot went over the crossbar.

Soon after, at 27’ and 28’, Eduardo Vargas had a couple of chances, first with a header that went high and next with a shot that was aimed at the left post, but went over the end line instead.

Querétaro had an opportunity at 32’, when Ake Loba forced Nahuel Guzmán to come far off his line to defend his goal.

At minute 42, Vargas had an opportunity with a mid-range shot that hit the left-hand post.

 

SECOND HALF

For the second half, Tigres maintained its attacking strategy, knowing that the goal difference could begin to impact the fight for the top spot.

At 48’, Vargas received outside the box, but his soft shot went wide to the right. Soon after, at 53’, the Gallos reacted with a shot by Daniel Villalva that Patón stretched to save and keep out of his net.

A minute later, Luis Quiñones broke away down the left, crossed to the far post, where an unmarked Julián headed the ball in, bringing the score to 3-0 and painting the night yellow and blue.

At that point, the opponent got a break, capitalizing on Tigres’ slackened pace, which allowed the Gallos to shrink the difference at 69’, when Daniel Villalba, in an individual play in the box, crossed to Ake Loba, who made it 3-1.

The unremitting support of the Incomparable fans drove Tigres to look for the fourth, which they achieved thanks to  Vargas, who received on the edge of the box at 74’, shook off his mark and shot past the goalkeeper 4-1.

Three minutes later, the referee awarded Luis Quiñones a penalty, but VAR didn’t agree and took away the chance of a fifth for our side.

Nevertheless, Vargas came close again at 80’, controlling the ball, but the shot went over the bar.

Victory was for us in the end and, for now, put us back at the top of Mexican football.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo (21 Francisco Meza 80’), 4 Hugo Ayala, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia (Javier Aquino 61’), 15 Francisco Venegas, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (8 Lucas Zelarayán 84’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

QUERÉTARO: 22 Nicolás Navarro; 3 Luis Romo, 4 Diego Novaretti, 11 Daniel Villalva, 14 Carlos Acosta (17 Paolo Yrizar 58’), 15 Ricardo Peña, 18 Jordan Sierra, 25 Alexis Pérez, 27 Ake Loba, 28 Jaime Gómez (29 Jordi Cortizo 53’) and 306 Marcel Ruíz (Camilo Da Silva 65’).

MGR.: VÍCTOR VUCETICH

 

GOALS

1-0 (7’) Breakaway along the right by Luis Quiñones, who crosses and Julián Quiñones scores with a header.

2-0 (13’) Following a corner, Carlos Salcedo heads the ball into the net.

3-0 (54’) Luis Quiñones breaks away down the left, crosses and Julián scores with a header.

3-1 (69’) Ake Loba scores assisted by Daniel Villalva from the left.

4-1 (74’) Eduardo Vargas receives a through ball in the center of the box, shakes off his mark and shoots past the goalkeeper.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Carlos Salcedo (49’)

QUERÉTARO: Camilo Da Silva (67’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Fernando Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: José Martínez

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: José de Jesús Baños

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Saúl Silva

No Opponent Is Easy.- Salcedo

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 14th.- On paper, the media view Querétaro as a weak opponent, but that is definitely not true, according to Carlos Salcedo, who even rated the Gallos Blancos as dangerous.

“An opponent is dangerous when there’s a new manager, because you always want to perform well to stay in the team and not be put on the transfer list, so that makes a team more dangerous than they look on paper. Right now, we know that no opponent is easy,” he said.

The Mexican international defender addressed the media in today’s press conference and stressed that the idea is to finish with a win this weekend, before the FIFA Calendar.

“I think how we finish before the FIFA Calendar will be important, so we can go feeling at ease and knowing that we’re doing things right.”

The opponent’s manager…

“He has a lot of experience, knows the team well because of his work with this team, and we need to be able to figure that out and that’s what we train for every day.”

The draw in the Derby…

“Very happy and really satisfied with the result we obtained, which keeps us in the running to qualify. Very grateful to the supporters who attended and took the time to go to the stadium.”

Call up to the Mexico Team…

“Happy, it’s the best for any player of any nationality to represent their country. It implies starting a new process from scratch. What I did in the process implemented by Profe Osorio, to whom I will always be grateful for everything he did for me, is in the past and now I need to focus on this new process.”

His integration into the group…

“I’m really happy with my teammates for everything they’ve done for me, for making me feel so welcome from the very first day I arrived, the directors, “Tuca”, Miguel Ángel Garza, everyone has contributed to helping Carlos Salcedo to integrate faster than expected.”

Hunger for doing things right…

“Of course, everyone always has a hunger to do new things…now I have to do things right here and I’m really very happy about it.”

Possibility of a local City Derby in the CONCACAF Champions League Final…

“It would be amazing to be able to offer that to the state of Nuevo León, it would give the final another flavor, so I think that each and every one of us, from both teams, will be giving our all in the semifinals to bring that trophy home to the city of Monterrey.”

Chino Delighted to Be Back

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 14th.- He was so happy to be back on the field of play that, today, Lucas Zelarayán couldn’t stop smiling and in a press conference he described the life lesson he experienced during his five-month absence owing to an injury.

“What makes me happiest is being free from pain and feeling physically strong,” said Chino, recalling the days in which the discomfort from his injuries prevented him from joining in the daily activities.

“Most of all, I’m delighted to be back. It was a long, challenging and unfortunate time, in which I suffered a lot, but thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches, medical staff, I recovered well and was able to get back on my feet,” explained the midfielder.

The Argentine highlighted the warm welcome he received from the fans when he trod on the pitch in the Universitario Stadium, having come on to replace Eduardo Vargas in the match against Houston Dynamo.

“I’m happy to have had a few minutes yesterday, grateful to the Tigres fans for such a warm welcome that I wasn’t expecting – it was amazing. I’m eager to play, I feel fine physically and I’m trying to get back on form 100%,” Chino commented.

Explanation of his injuries…

“It all started with a broken toe on my right foot in October; then inflammation of the nerve on the sole of my foot, which took nearly two months to heal; when I returned, I strained a muscle slightly and, since I’d just come back from two injuries, I didn’t wait long enough, I was so frustrated. Being absent and then trying to get back quickly isn’t a good idea.”

The team’s internal competition…

“I think this competition has always existed in the team. If there’s something that has always driven me to give my all in the training sessions, it’s feeling that I can play as a starter, that I can play in this team, which is what I think every morning, otherwise I’d have to stay at home.”

“That’s what always kept me going while I was injured, knowing that I’d recover and be able to play, so I get up and train to the best of my ability every day. Obviously, if it’s not my turn, I accept it and give my support wherever necessary. It’s a great group with a fantastic team spirit and I’m happy when my teammates do well; if they do well, I do well, everyone does well. So, I’m always willing when I’m given however many minutes and do my best for the team.”

High hopes for the Concacaf title…

“I don’t know if obligation is the right word, I think we have high hopes about winning the Concacaf Champions League, and that the team deserves it. We’ve been performing well, we’ve conceded a couple, it’s a tournament we all want to win – the fans, players, coaches, all of Tigres wants to win the Concacaf and the Liga.

“We want to reach the final of every tournament we compete in and win the championship. We didn’t win anything last year and it seemed to be our worst moment. Sometimes the team can’t win, that’s how football is, but we’d been winning for three years running, and had gotten used to that. I think that we’d set the bar very high and we want to get back up there, to a title and hopefully we’ll be champions in the Concacaf, which is something we’ve longed for and that the club hasn’t yet achieved.”

Semifinals, here we come: 1-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 12th.- The UANL Tigres advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals having defeated Houston Dynamo 1-0 (3-0 aggregate).

The second-half winning goal scored by Carlos Salcedo puts Tigres in the semifinal against Santos from Torreón, looking for a ticket to the Final of a tournament in which they have twice been runners-up.

 

FIRST HALF

The match started with an air of uncertainty, although the visitors had the first chance just three minutes in, when a shot by Mauro Manotas missed to the left of Nahuel Guzmán’s goal.

Tigres responded with an attempt by Julián Quiñones, who received a long ball from Carlos Salcedo, but the Colombian’s shot was blocked by the defense.

Minutes went by and, at 11’, Chilean player Eduardo Vargas, after controlling on the edge of the box, got a good look at scoring with a superb lob that Dynamo’s netkeeper saved with one hand, conceding a corner.

Our side was beginning to create opportunities, as reflected at 17’, when Luis Quiñones’ cross just missed to the left.

The visitors, aware that they needed at least two goals, put a great deal of pressure on and, at minute 23, Thomas McNamara’s shot from inside the box was blocked with a low diving save to the left by Nahuel Guzmán.

Four minutes went by and then it was Jesús Dueñas who attempted a mid-distance shot that goalkeeper Willis saved.

Houston was coming close as well, this time at minute 29, when McNamara managed another shot in the box that Nahuel sent out of play for a corner.

However, Tigres wanted and was achieving possession, doing their best to attack, such as at the 39th minute, when Jesús Dueñas crossed into the goal area to Enner Valencia, whose header went over the bar.

Then, at 42’, in a set-piece situation, Guido Pizarro’s shot was too high and wide to the right.

 

SECOND HALF

The pace of the game was much the same in the second half, with Houston seeking rapid attacks, while Tigres were enjoying possession and rotation.

Nevertheless, it was our side that generated another opportunity at 49’, when Luis Rodríguez recovered on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked by the keeper.

Later, at 51’, Dueñas’ cross in an individual play was saved by the goalkeeper and, just as Vargas came forward to finish, a defender cleared the ball away from danger.

Our manager decided at minute 62 to make the first substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Javier Aquino, who was back after an injury that had kept him on the sidelines for three weeks.

At 63’, Vargas came close again with a header near the left-hand post, off a cross from Carioca on the right, but the keeper blocked the shot.

A couple of minutes later, at 65’, Carioca crossed into the box and Julián re-centered with a header towards Valencia, but a defender intercepted the ball, conceding a corner.

Proving that persistence pays off, Tigres finally delivered when Aquino’s cross was headed down by Valencia, ready for Carlos Salcedo to fire the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 (3-0 aggregate).

Houston had an opportunity at 71’ with a shot by Alberth Ellis on the edge of the box, but the ball went over Nahuel’s goal.

At that point, Tuca decided to make two more substitutions, sending on Lucas Zelarayán, who had been kept off the field for five months by an injury, to replace Eduardo Vargas, and then replacing Carioca with Torres Nilo.

Later, at 88’, Dueñas came close to scoring the second when, assisted by Aquino from the left, the Michoacán-born player’s shot missed to the left.

In the end, victory belonged to Tigres, who will now have to wait until the first week of April to face Santos in the First Leg of the Semifinal.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 85’), 9 Eduardo Vargas (8 Lucas Zelarayán 83’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones (Javier Aquino 62’), 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

HOUSTON: 23 Joseph Willis; 6 Aljaz Struna, 7 Damarcus Beasley (3 Adam Lundkvist 19’), 9 Mauro Manotas, 11 Thomas McNamara, 15 Maynor Figueroa (16 Kevin García 74’), 17 Alberth Elis, 20 Aj Delagarza, 22 Matías Vera, 27 Boniek García (10 Tomás Martínez 72’) and 31 Romell Quioto.

MGR.: WILMER CABRERA

 

GOALS

1-0 (67’) Javier Aquino’s cross is headed down by Enner Valencia inside the box, ready for Carlos Salcedo to fire the ball past the goalkeeper.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: None

HOUSTON: Maynor Figueroa (45’), Matías Vera (54’) and Aljaz Struna (64’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Yadel Martínez (CUB)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Gerson López (GUA)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Yordanis Gómez (CUB)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Walter López (GUA)

 

I’m not satisfied.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 11th.- The team is at the top of the table together with León, and has just achieved a draw in the city Derby, but it’s not enough for manager Ricardo Ferretti, who commented that he isn’t satisfied with the performance on the field.

“I’m not satisfied with the team’s performance across the 90 minutes or with the result. I’ve been saying for weeks that we need to be more consistent,” explained the felines’ head coach.

With regard to losing the leadership position to León, owing to the goal difference, our team’s coach pointed out that other squads are also doing well.

“Today, León is the team to beat, they’re doing well, playing good football throughout the matches, with a solid defense, scoring goals. It’s the team of the championship and they are deservedly level with us in points, but the goal difference puts them in first place,” he clarified.

Regarding Gignac’s health…

“He’s still recovering and if he’s not 100% better, then he won’t be playing. He’s a player who has made more than enough sacrifices and, as a result, his injury has gotten worse and right now we’re doing everything we can to help him recover and reach 100%. He’s aware of what he did for the team. I would always talk to him and he’d say he could and wanted to do it, and we sent him on. But the time came when it was impossible for him to carry on, so once he’s 100% fit, he’ll be back.”

Respect for the opponent…

“I really wouldn’t want to comment on what they (Rayados) did or didn’t do. I think my team played well in the second half, and what the other team did has nothing to do with me. I’m not going to say anything, so don’t put words in my mouth.”

His thoughts on the result…

“When we coaches do something illogical and win, nobody says anything, and then there are times when we do logical things that determine what we think and it doesn’t work out and we’re the ones who are criticized. That’s why I say, the players win, we all draw and the manager loses.”

Still Leaders: 1-1 in the Derby!

GUADALUPE, March 9th.- The UANL Tigres’ performance was a reflection of their leadership position in the 118th Derby, coming back to equalize 1-1 in the Rayados’ stadium and reaching 23 points in the Clausura 2019 tournament.

The only team that can topple us from the top spot is León, since a win on this matchday would put them ahead on goal difference. Luis Quiñones scored our goal and Funes the host’s.

 

FIRST HALF

Our team took a while to settle down on the pitch, allowing the rival to gain possession, but not overlapping in the first few minutes. However, at minute four, Miguel Layún managed a shot that went over the crossbar.

After that, Tigres began to gain possession, displaying recovery and passing the ball.

In fact, at minute 13 Eduardo Vargas, who was alone inside the box, came very close, assisted by Luis Quiñones, but his shot went high.

Despite the offensive miscalculation, Ricardo Ferretti’s men persisted in attacking, resulting in an opportunity at 16’, when  Julián Quiñones’ long pass was blocked by Monterrey’s keeper, who came off his line to save the ball.

Minute 18 brought the opponent’s first warning, when Argentinian player Rogelio Funes lowered the ball inside the box, overcoming Carlos Salcedo’s mark, controlled but his shot was blocked spectacularly by Nahuel Guzmán.

A minute afterwards, Julián Quiñones came in from his right, but his cross went just wide of the left-hand post, having already defeated Marcelo Barovero.

At 21’, Jesús Gallardo broke away along the left flank, crossed hoping to find Funes, but Nahuel beat him to the ball, blocking the opportunity.

Yet again, Julián Quiñones controlled the ball on his right, shaking off his mark, although his diagonal shot missed to the left.

Three minutes later, Monterrey scored when Gallardo crossed from the left to Funes, whose backheel got past Nahuel to make it 1-0.

At one goal down, Tigres did their best to bring their courage and fighting spirit to the surface, creating a couple of chances, but without delivering. Just before the end of the first half, Funes came close again, but this time Salcedo blocked his shot and conceded a corner.

 

SECOND HALF

For the start of the second half, Tuca replaced Francisco Meza with Hugo Ayala, seeking greater control of the opponent’s attacks.

However, the hosts wanted more, since, at  46’, Layún managed an excellent cross from his right but nobody finished, and Luis Rodríguez cleared the ball away, conceding a corner.

Julián Quiñones responded with a header from inside the box at 49’, although it went over Barovero’s bar. And a minute later, Celso Ortíz’s shot went wide of Nahuel’s goal.

Afterwards, at 55’, Chaka Rodríguez received from the right, advanced and achieved a dangerous cross that Barovero intercepted, putting an end to this opportunity. A minute later, it was Eduardo Vargas who came close with a mid-range shot that was blocked by a defender.

Vargas had a chance at minute 62 when, in a one-two with Julián Quiñones inside the goal area, the Chilean’s cross made its way over the whole of the box without anyone coming forward to finish.

Luis Quiñones came very close at 69’, chipped the ball in the box and got off a powerful shot that Barovero only just managed to save in two moves.

A minute later, Enner Valencia received a long-range pass, broke away from his mark, but was knocked down just outside the box. In the very next play, the Ecuadorian’s shot hit the woodwork.

At 78’, Enner tried again with a mid-distance shot, but the defense intervened, conceding a corner. Just a minute went by when, at 79’, Chaka Rodríguez fired off a shot, forcing Barovero to give away a corner.

Just seconds later, Carioca’s mid-range shot missed to the left.  Tigres was putting the pressure on their rivals goal.

It was at minute 81’ that Luis Quiñones appeared along the left flank, crossed and defeated Barovero to equalize. The 1-1 score fired up the thousands of Incomparable fans in the BBVA stadium.

Funes pushed to get his team to react at 84’, with a mid-distance shot over Nahuel’s bar.

Jesús Dueñas also created an opportunity at 87’, receiving outside the box but shot over the bar. Then, at 89’, Enner’s attempt was off target.

Just before the end of the match, a header by Aviles inside the box came close, but was too high.

 

LINEUPS

MONTERREY: 1 Marcelo Barovero; 3 César Montes, 4 Nicolás Sánchez, 7 Rogelio Funes Mori, 8 Dorlan Pabón (23 Johan Vázquez 75’), 11 Leonel Vangioni (9 Adam Bareiro 82’), 16 Celso Ortíz, 17 Jesús Gallardo, 21 Miguel Layún, 29 Carlos Rodríguez and 32 Maximiliano Meza (18 Aviles Hurtado 66’).

MGR.: DIEGO ALONSO

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 21 Francisco Meza (4 Hugo Ayala 46’), 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

1-0 (34’) Rogelio Funes Mori receives in the box and scores.

1-1 (81’) Luis Quiñones breaks away down the left and crosses to defeat Barovero.

 

YELLOW CARDS

MONTERREY: (Dorlan Pabón 18’), César Montes (70’), Rogelio Funes (79’) and Nicolás Sánchez (85’).

TIGRES: Francisco Meza (22’), Guido Pizarro (44’) and Luis Quiñones (82’).

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: César Ramos

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Pablo Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Enrique Bustos

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Roberto Ríos

TIGRES WOMEN LOSE TO ATLAS

GUADALAJARA, JAL\ MARCH 9, 2019.- The UANL felines gave up three points this morning on Match Day 12, after losing 2-1 in the Pistache Torres Stadium to Atlas Women.

The fixture, on an opponent’s pitch where Tigres had never lost, began intensely for both sides, with both teams endeavoring to control the ball and the opportunities to score first.

Ramón Villa Zevallos’ defensive work was impeccable, even with a few sparks of genius, such as  when Jazmín Enrigue, at minute 10, sprinted to intercept an attack by Atlas.

At minute 14, Tigres were able to dream of opening the scoring with an attempt by Jaquelín Garcia who, in an individual play, fired off a powerful shot that slipped past several opponents before going wide of the post. Barely a minute later, Belén Cruz gave a hint of her talent by controlling the ball by means of a fantastic play with her right heel.

 

The match soon became even tighter in the midfield and it looked as though the teams would go to the dressing rooms with the score at nil-nil, until Ofelia Solís, after an extraordinary blocking/clearing play against Alison González’s attack, in the very next attempt with a typical Alison-style play, gave away a penalty, which was converted by Fabiola Ibarra.

 

Two minutes later, the hosts scored their second goal following a rebound in the box that former Tigre, González, put inside the net. Tigres Women ended the first half two goals down, but fully determined to turn the numbers around.

 

Tigres Women then came out with the bit between their teeth, proposing a livelier attack after Karen Luna replaced Evelyn González and then Fernanda Elizondo and Liliana Rodríguez took over for Liliana Mercado and Jazmín Enrigue, respectively.

 

The team seemed to be under pressure, missing passes and failing to finish any good opportunities at goal, such as when Fer Elizondo’s header found the woodwork instead of Ana Gaby Paz’s net.

 

Tigres began to lessen the pressure through shots, short and mid-range passes, connected plays, until Liliana Rodríguez received a ball cleared by Paz and fired a shot with her instep into the left corner that shook the net.

 

With their spirits lifted, Tigres Women carried on trying to come back, but Atlas Women also tried to increase the goal difference. Both sides did their best to attack to the very end, but ultimately the Guadalajara players kept the three points for themselves.

 

Tigres Women still have 23 points and are now preparing to host Santos on March 18th and keep on track toward their longed-for second title.

 

 

LINEUPS

ATLAS: 1 Ana Paz, 2 Karla García, 3 María Pérez, 4 María Martínez, 5 Alejandra Franco, 22 Fátima Delgado, 10 Ana Rodríguez (9 Adriana Iturbide 78’), 26 Zellyka Arce, 11 Fabiola Ibarra, 28 Ana García (7 Joana Robles 66’), 30 Alison González (15 Mayra Santana 83’).

Houston, We Have an Advantage: 2-0!

HOUSTON, March 5th.- The UANL Tigres put on a superb performance in Texas, bringing home a 2-0 advantage over Houston Dynamo and taking a major step forward towards the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal.

In front of the more than 12 thousand Incomparable fans who had invaded the BBVA Compass Stadium, Enner Valencia and Julián Quiñones, who was named player of the match, scored the goals that they will bring to the second leg of the series at home.

 

FIRST HALF

There wasn’t much excitement in front of either goal during the first 45 minutes, with Tigres in control of possession and Houston attempting to put pressure on Nahuel Guzmán’s net from both flanks.

Four minutes in, Eduardo Vargas’ powerful shot outside the box was too high, going over the crossbar, even though the Chilean footballer usually succeeds in this type of shots.

Beforehand, Albert Elis had nearly caused an upset to the right of Nahuel’s goal, but the Argentinian’s excellent placement put an end to this opportunity.

Then, at 15’, Vargas fought for and won a ball inside the opponent’s territory, crossed to his left where Enner Valencia passed back to the Chilean, but the ball went too far ahead inside the box.

Valencia’s header at minute 28 went into the Texan keeper’s hands.

A few minutes later, at 33’, in our side’s best offensive play, a one-two between Luis Rodríguez and Valencia left Chaka to cross and come close, but the defense intercepted and cleared his shot.

Towards the end of the first half, Elis created a chance for his side, when he was about to shoot, inside the box, but Jorge Torres Nilo intervened.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Tigres was clearly seeking to maintain possession, while putting the pressure on the opponent’s net. At 47’, Rafael de Souza crossed into the box, nearly provoking an own goal.

Afterwards, at minute 55, an unmarked Julián Quiñones received the ball, broke into the box , but his shot went over the bar.

A minute later, taking advantage of a ball Vargas lost as he came out from the back, Mauro Manotas attempted to score, but his shot missed to the left of Nahuel’s goal.

At that point, our manager Ricardo Ferretti made his first substitution, replacing an injured Torres Nilo with Guido Pizarro at 62’, placing the latter in the center and moving Jesús Dueñas to the flank.

Enner had the best chance so far in the match when, at minute 71, he broke away unmarked, penetrated the box, but the goalkeeper blocked his shot.

Then, at 73’, Enner leapt inside the box, but was unable to head the ball in, missing what seemed to be a surefire opportunity.

Finally, third time lucky, Julián Quiñones received from the right and crossed to the center of the box where Enner finishes and scores. The team’s hard-fought 1-0 became a reality to the delight of the over 12 thousand Incomparable fans who had invaded Houston.

Later, at 81’, Julián Quiñones received a long pass, controlled, shook off his mark and, with a powerful shot, put the ball into the upper-right corner, which brought the score to 2-0 and the fans in the stands to their feet, gleefully crying “Tigres, Tigres”..

In the end, the opponent’s attempts to shorten the difference remained somewhat ineffective, leaving Tigres with a two-goal advantage, ready for next Tuesday when they hope to define their qualification to the Semifinal.

 

LINEUPS

HOUSTON: 23 Joseph Willis; 2 Alejandro Fuenmayor, 7 Damarcus Beasley, 9 Mauro Manotas (21 Ronaldo Peña 86’), 11 Thomas McNamara, 15 Maynor Figueroa, 17 Alberth Elis, 20 Aj Delagarza, 22 Matías Vera, 27 Boniek García and 31 Romell Quioto (14 Marlon Hairston 67’).

MGR.: WILMER CABRERA

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (3 Carlos Salcedo 88’), 6 Jorge Torres Nilo (Guido Pizarro 62’), 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia (16 Damián Torres 91’), 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1  (78’) Julián Quiñones receives a long pass and crosses to Enner Valencia who scores.

0-2  (81’) Julián Quiñones receives a long pass, controls, shakes off a defender and shoots into the upper-right corner.

 

YELLOW CARDS

HOUSTON: Alberth Elis (63’)

TIGRES: Jorge Torres Nilo (61’), Luis Rodríguez (86’) and Eduardo Vargas (92’).

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Iván Cisneros (SLV)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: David Moran (SLV)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Oshane Nation (JAM)

A Win Keeps Tigres at the Top

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, NL\ MARCH 4, 2019.- Tigres Women managed to earn three points this evening on their own field and hold onto the overall leadership and the top spot in Group 2 after matchday 11 of the Women’s Liga MX.

At first, it looked as though the players’ mobility and dynamism would be affected the temperature of 4 degrees centigrade, with a wind-chill of 2.

Nevertheless, once they had adapted to the conditions, the felines began to settle into their usual game, endeavoring to reach the opponent’s goal, which wasn’t easy against such a solid defense.

Attempts and plays by Nancy Antonio, Liliana Mercado together with attacks along the flanks comprised the attacking anthology orchestrated by Ramón Villa Zevallos’ team, with Belén Cruz as the striker, in Katty Martínez’s absence owing to her participation in the Cyprus Cup with the Mexico National Team.

It was the Acapulco native who, at minute 21, managed to break through León’s defensive wall and score the first goal with a left-footed shot, taking advantage of a rebound inside the opponent’s area. The shot slipped past goalkeeper Elizabeth Herrera.

After “Pollo’s” goal, Tigres Women continued to create opportunities, although none of them increased the number on the scoreboard, which remained unchanged as the whistle marked the end of the first half.

After the break, Villa Zevallos returned with the same formation, which didn’t help to reach the objective of growing the score, even though there were several good attempts by Jaquelin García along the left flank, such as at minute 57, when Belén Cruz was unable to finish her cross, but did rouse the 2,893 fans in the stands.

Sixteen minutes later, the first substitution resulted in Liliana Rodríguez’s début wearing the yellow and blue shirt, having replaced center-forward Jazmín Enrigue. Rodríguez immediately took advantage of this opportunity and just eight minutes after coming on, scored a superb goal off a direct free kick into the upper right corner of the net that Herrera had no chance of saving.

Another foul outside the box allowed Rodríguez to take another free kick and score her second for Tigres, this time with a low shot.

León’s efforts at withstanding Tigres Women’s attacks were rewarded with a goal at minute 93, in a left-footed shot from outside the box that took Ofelia Solis by surprise.

In the end, Tigres celebrated a home win and a 23-point total, as well as the highest number of goals in the tournament, the best goal difference and having Katty Martínez as the season’s top scorer with five goals in all. Now, Tigres Women will be playing away against Atlas Women next Saturday at 11:00 hours.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN:

20 Ofelia Solís

3 Jazmín Enrigue (73’ 27 Liliana Rodríguez)

4 Greta Espinoza

22 Selene Cortés

17 Natalia Villarreal (83’ 13 Karen Luna)

15 Cristina Ferral

7 Liliana Mercado

6 Nancy Antonio (86’ 16 Sonia Vázquez)

21 Jaquelín García,

9 Evelyn García

18 Belén Cruz

 

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

LEÓN WOMEN

1 Gabriela Herrera

2 Claudia Anguiano

4 Selene Valera

5 Jeniffer Salazar

8 Michelle González

22 Karla Zempoalteca

6 Joselyn de la Rosa (86’ 21 Paulina Gómez)

10 Diana García

11 Yamile Franco

20 Perla Navarrete (64’ 25 Dariana Rubio)

24 Denisse Valdéz

MGR.: EVERALDO BEGINES

 

GOALS

1-0  (21’) Left-footed shot by Belén Cruz after several rebounds in the box.

2-0   (81’) Liliana Rodríguez left-footed direct free kick into the upper right corner.

3-0 (87’) Liliana Rodríguez’s low free kick puts the ball out of goalkeeper Herrera’s reach.

3-1 (92’) Yamile Franco shoots from outside the penalty arc and lobs the ball in over Ofelia Solís.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: NONE

LEÓN WOMEN: NONE

RED CARDS:  NONE

 

REFEREE: Diana Stephanía Pérez Borja

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Rafael García López

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Luis Osvaldo Ibarra Aguilar

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mario Alberto Loredo Bocardo

Landslide and Leadership: 3-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, March 2nd.- The UANL Tigres maintained a firm hold on the leadership position of the Liga MX Clausura 2019, having defeated the Pachuca Tuzos 3-0 this evening in the Universitario Stadium.

Two own goals by Stiven Barreiro and a superb goal delivered by Guido Pizarro, all in the first half, gave our players their 20th, 21st and 22nd points in the tournament, to continue at the top of the general table.

 

FIRST HALF

Tigres got off to a very promising start in this match, against a team that spent at least the first five minutes speculating, though began to react when Enner Valencia came close at 3’ with a shot that went high.

The Tuzos were trying to put the pressure on our side’s defense, enabling them to create several chances against Nahuel Guzmán’s goal.

Nevertheless, at 5’, Luis Quiñones’ attempt went over the crossbar, assisted by Luis Rodríguez. Then, at 8’, Jesús Dueñas passed in the box to André-Pierre Gignac, whose header went wide.

Argentinian keeper Nahuel came into his own at 10’, when he was forced to intervene practically one-on-one against Edwin Cardona, blocking the shot with his body.

At 14’ Enner Valencia attempted a half-scissors kick on the outskirts of the box, but it went much too high, and, at 16’, Hugo Ayala prevented a goal with a spectacular sliding tackle, conceding a corner.

Gignac created another opportunity at 17’, but his soft shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. Pachuca reacted at 24’ with a shot by Franco Jara that Nahuel had no difficulty in saving.

A minute afterwards, the Universitario Stadium exploded with joy when Enner Valencia crossed from the right to the far post, where Gignac was waiting, but Stiven Barreiro cut off the attempt with a sliding tackle only to put the ball into his own net. The score was now 1-0.

This goal gave Ricardo Ferretti’s men a good tactical position and, at 29’, Gignac’s shot went into the goalkeeper’s hands. Then, at 32’, Barreiro scored yet another own goal, when Chaka Rodríguez, in a play along the right, crossed to Gignac whose backheel was intercepted by Stiven Barreiro who again put the ball into the net.

With a 2-0 lead, Tigres began to feel more relaxed on the pitch, allowing them to create attacks on the visitor’s goal, where keeper Blanco blocked several opportunities.

Minutes later, at 41’, excitement in the stands reached boiling point, when Guido Pizarro received the ball in the midfield area, shook off two defenders, broke away and penetrated the box to score with a superb shot as the keeper came off his line, making it 3-0.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, since Pachuca was forced to look for more, Tigres devoted themselves to waiting and attacking along both flanks.

At 55’, Luis Quiñones nearly scored the fourth when, in a play that looked offside and assisted by a defender, he came face-to-face with the goalkeeper, but his shot hit the right-hand post preventing the fourth goal from materializing.

Soon afterwards, at 59’, Gignac opened up a space outside the box, looked as though he was about to score, but the defense intercepted the shot, conceding a corner.

At 62’, it was Luis Quiñones’ turn to have a chance in the box, crossing to Gignac, but the defense intervened before it could reach him.

A minute later, Chaka Rodríguez crossed from the right to the far post, where Julián Quiñones endeavored to finish with a header, but missed to the left.

Pachuca reacted with a shot by Erick Aguirre inside the box, at 70’, but Nahuel intervened with a spectacular save.

Julián Quiñones came close to the fourth at 72’, when he took the ball off a defender, made his way into the goal area to come face-to-face with the keeper, but the shot went over the bar. Tigres was continuing to create opportunities and wanted even more.

Tuca began to move his players around, taking Julián Quiñones off at minute 74 to give Jürgen Damm an opportunity and to refresh the attack along the left-hand flank.

Luis Quiñones had another chance, this time at 78’, when Dueñas broke away down the left, crossed to Gignac, who back-passed to the Colombian, but the attempt missed to the left.

At 87’, the Tuzos came close, but Nahuel Guzmán kept the ball out of his net and saved it again in the counterattack.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 87’), 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia (9 Eduardo Vargas 87’), 19 Guido Pizarro, 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones (25 Jürgen Damm 74’).

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

PACHUCA: 13 Alfonso Blanco; 2 Stiven Barreiro, 5 Víctor Guzmán (11 José Ulloa 66’), 6 Raúl López, 10 Edwin Cardona (26 Víctor Dávila 66’), 14 Erick Aguirre, 15 Edwin Hernández, 16 Jorge Hernández (24 Pablo López 77’), 23 Oscar Murillo, 29 Franco Jara and 33 Ismael Sosa.

MGR.: MARTÍN PALERMO

 

GOALS

1-0 (24’) Enner Valencia breaks away along the right and Stiven Barreiro cuts off his cross to score an own goal.

2-0 (32’) Luis Rodríguez crosses from the right, then André-Pierre Gignac’s backheel is intercepted by Stiven Barreiro who scores an own goal.

3-0 (43’) Guido Pizarro receives in the midfield area, penetrates the box and scores as the goalkeeper comes off his line.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: André-Pierre Gignac (15’), Rafael de Souza (56’)

PACHUCA: Víctor Guzmán (10’), Erick Aguirre (73’), Oscar Murillo (77’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Marco A. Ortíz

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Michel Morales

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Enrique Martínez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mario Vargas

 

Street Soccer Selective Tournament Announced

SAN NICOLÁS DE GARZA | Thursday, February 28, 2019.- Club Tigres joined in as a sponsor of the Street Soccer State Selective Tournament, a social-outreach soccer competition that targets vulnerable young people.

The Tournament was announced by the mayor of San Nicolás de los Garza, Zeferino Salgado Almaguer, together with the Administrative and Operations Director of Sinergia Deportiva, Alberto Palomino Garza; Founding Partner and Coach of the Men’s’ Youth National Street Soccer Team and current World Champion, Abraham Miranda Carlos; and the Director of Street Soccer in Nuevo León, Javier Sánchez Castañeda, all of whom were accompanied by players and former national team members.

The competition will take place on May 24, 25 and 26 in the Main Square of San Nicolás and the invitation is open to all young men and women aged 15 to 23 years old.

Participants can register register, completely free of charge, through the Casa Municipio social sports programs, of the State Ministry of Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation, and of non-profit organizations that work with young people at risk.

In the Homeless World Cup, the young women who represent Mexico have been world champions six times, competing against over 50 countries, while the young men have won the championship three times.

Tigres Power through to the Quarter Finals: 5-1!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 26th.- A brilliant match by the UANL Tigres led to a 5-1 (5-2 aggregate) victory over Saprissa, from Costa Rica, earning them a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter Finals.

A hat trick by Enner Valencia, one goal by Eduardo Vargas and an own goal gave Ricardo Ferretti’s team the win they needed to prove their standing.

Tigres will now be travelling to Houston, Texas, on Monday to play against Dynamo, in the first leg of the Quarter Final match.

 

FIRST HALF

From the very start of the match, Tigres’ objective was clearly to attack, against a visitor who sought to block the ball as much as possible, though hadn’t ruled out any chance to strike Nahuel’s goal.

Three minutes in, Julián Quiñones attempted a shot in the box, but the defense, anticipating his intention, cleared the ball away from danger. Two minutes afterwards, the Colombian once more tried to score, assisted by Javier Aquino, but the defense intervened.

Saprissa responded at 11’, when Juan Bustos called for the ball outside the box, received, but his mid-range shot was intercepted by Nahuel Guzmán.

However, our side’s strong attack on the Costa Rican goal was relentless and, at minute 15, caused defender Aubrey David to clumsily return a ball to his goalkeeper, who collided with the defender, allowing the ball to roll into the net 1-0 closely watched by Enner Valencia.

Tigres continued to attack, but the rough play on the pitch soon affected both Javier Aquino and Valencia.

Soon after, at 24’, Quiñones, assisted brilliantly by Jesús Dueñas inside the box, came close, but the goalkeeper intervened. Eduardo Vargas found the rebound, but Bustos blocked the shot with his hand and the referee awarded a penalty for a hand ball.

Just a minute later, Enner Valencia converted the penalty with a shot into the bottom righ-hand corner, making it 2-0 and putting Tigres ahead in the series.

Two minutes went by and the Universitario Stadium exploded when Dueñas broke away along the right, crossed to the near post, where Valencia finished, making it 3-0 and driving the Incomparable fans into a frenzy.

The visitors had a chance at 31’, with another shot by Bustos that was brilliantly saved by Nahuel, whose skill was loudly applauded.

Soon after, Vargas came close to the fourth, when he received inside the box, but the Chilean took too long with the shot, giving the goalkeeper a chance to intervene.

However, Vargas persistently created opportunities and, at 36’, finally found the fourth, when Valencia broke away along the right, penetrated the box, cut back diagonally to the Chilean, who crossed to bring the aggregate score to 4-1.

Just a few minutes later, at 40’, Valencia came close to the fifth, when Vargas passed to the Ecuadorian inside the box, but the defense intercepted the shot.

Saprissa came close at 42’ when Rubilio Castillo broke away along the right, though his shot was saved one-handedly by Nahuel and found Marvin Angulo, but Dueñas protected Tigres’ goal with a sliding tackle.

At 45’, the visitors scored a goal, trying to get back into the fight, when Mariano Torres put the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the net with a mid-range shot, making it 4-1.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tuca made his first substitution, replacing Israel Jiménez with Luis Rodríguez in an area where the opponent was doing the most damage.

The pace of the game lost some of its intensity, which is what Tigres wanted, since they were in control of the match and the score.

Nevertheless, at 57’, Quiñones crossed inside the box to Luis Rodríguez, who shook off a defender and then passed looking for Vargas, but the Chilean player was unable to control.

Shortly afterwards, at 61’, Carioca made a mistake and gave the ball to Angulo, who broke into the box and passed to Leal, who had just come on, but his attempt was wide to the right.

Just a few seconds later, Enner Valencia received a long pass inside the box, shook off an opponent, came face-to-face with the net and, with a powerful shot, brought the score to a spectacular 5-1.

Then, at 64’, Vargas had an opportunity outside the box, but his shot went over the bar.

Vargas almost scored the sixth at 70’, when Jürgen Damm, who had come on to replace Valencia, sent a cross that the defense left at the Chilean’s feet in front of the goal, but he was unable to get into a position to shoot.

Quiñones had his turn at minute 79, receiving inside the goal area, but his shot was blocked and saved in two moves by the keeper, before Vargas could come forward to complete the play.

Quiñones created yet another opportunity when, at 86’, he controlled outside the box, broke through, but his shot went just wide of the right post.

Aquino came close to the sixth at minute 90, when, assisted by Damm from the right, he overcame the goalkeeper, but the shot was wide to the right.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 2 Israel Jiménez (28 Luis Rodríguez 46’), 3 Carlos Salcedo, 5 Rafael de Souza (19 Guido Pizarro 74’), 6 Jorge Torres Nilo, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia (25 Jürgen Damm 67’), 20 Javier Aquino, 21 Francisco Meza, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

SAPRISSA: 13 Aarón Cruz; 2 Christian Bolaños, 7 Johan Venegas (28 Jairo Arrieta 83’), 9 Rubilio Castillo (5 Alejandro Cabral 46’), 10 Marvin Angulo (8 Randall Leal 60’), 11 Michael Barrantes, 12 Ricardo Blanco, 20 Mariano Torres, 21 Juan Bustos, 29 Luis Hernández and 52 Aubrey David

MGR.: WALTER CENTENO

 

GOALS

  1. (15’) Aubry David returns the ball to the goalkeeper, but they end up colliding into each other, allowing the ball to roll into the net.

2-0 (25’) Penalty converted by Enner Valencia to the bottom right corner.

3-0 (27’) Jesús Dueñas breaks away down the right and crosses to Enner Valencia who puts the ball inside the near post

4-0 (36’) Enner Valencia breaks away along the right and cuts back to Eduardo Vargas, who scores with a diagonal cross.

4-1 (45’) Mariano Torres long-range shot into the upper left corner.

5-1 (61’) Enner Valencia controls in the box, shakes off a defender and scores.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES:

SAPRISSA:  Ricardo Blanco (18’), Juan Bustos (24’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Juan Fco. Zumba (SLV)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Travester Richards (SKN)

 

I’m Not Satisfied.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 25th.-Tigres is in first place on the Liga MX general table, but Ricardo Ferretti still isn’t satisfied, since the team still has plenty of room for improvement..

“We’re in first place, but I’m still not satisfied. I think, apart from victories, we need to improve our performance, which has been somewhat erratic. Sometimes we play very well and suddenly very badly. We need to be more consistent, without such dramatic ups and downs, because suddenly we play extremely well and then suddenly we seem to be fighting with the ball.”

Ready for the double competition…

“They (the players) are ready. If we’re not ready for a double competition like this, I don’t know what we’re doing, how the players are addressing their professionalism, since if we see that in Europe, a footballer plays 60, 70 games, are they superman or what? There’s time planning and training, so it shouldn’t be an issues. Fatigue can occur, but there’s nothing we can do about that; that’s the way things are planned and we have to deal with it.”

Gignac’s progress as a top scorer…

“Well, he has to think about improving day by day. He’s a forward and has to look for goals just like his other teammates. Of course, he has had an honorable, brilliant career with Tigres and has the chance to be the top scorer within the institution. I think he’ll easily manage that.”

Why isn’t Gignac included in the lineup against Saprissa?

“He’s injured.”

“I know that he’s injured, but I’m not a doctor so I can’t explain what’s wrong with him. They explain it to me and I don’t understand what they’re saying (laughter). What can I say? Perhaps you’ll be given a report later to keep you happy.”

Will he be ready for the match against Pachuca?

“He might be ready by the weekend. He’s been training separately for a while so he can at least be sufficiently recovered for the day of the match.”

Happy that the two Nuevo León teams are at the top…

“For the State (Nuevo León), it’s very positive. But, as I keep insisting, it’s too premature. There’s a way to go before we can think about that. Concerning us, well, we need to improve our collective and individual work significantly – there’s plenty of room for improvement.”

About the match against Saprissa…

“There was a very marked facet in our game there (in Costa Rica). We weren’t decisive, we were evenly matched and we created several goal opportunities, but then we lost, which left us feeling unsatisfied. But, how Saprissa is going to play tomorrow isn’t something I need to worry about.

“What I do have to do is be with my group, to counterattack, if they come to pressure us, if they hang back for us. I am confident that the training we’ve had for years is a good foundation. If they come to defend their goal, that’s nothing new for us. Most of the teams we face in our stadium, or even on the road, do that. But, I think they might be protecting their goal since they have an advantage right now and, tomorrow, we need to wrest that advantage from them.”

Are you expecting Saprissa to play defensively or will they try to score?

“It’s hard for me to get inside my colleague’s head and see what he’s planning. I think they’ll be cautious and try to counterattack, which is the most logical strategy in football.”

Tigres Women Regain Leadership: 4-1!

QUERÉTARO, February 24th.- Tigres Women stun the Querétaro Gallos Blancos 4-1, to regain their leadership of the Women’s Liga MX in the Clausura 2019 tournament.

A superb performance by Nancy Antonio, with two goals and an assist, gave our side 18, 19 and 20 points to level with the Rayadas, but with a better goal difference.

 

FIRST HALF

The match got off to an intense start for our players, since, just six minutes in, Nancy Antonio, following a corner, opened the scoring with a precise header inside the box surrounded by three defenders, making it 1-0 and putting our team on the path to victory.

Then, at 11’, it was Belén Cruz’s turn with a mid-distance shot that went into goalkeeper Natalia Acuña’s hands. Tigres Women were creating the opportunity for the second.

Our young keeper, Vania Villalobos, appeared at minute 13 to block a shot by Melissa Arredondo and protect her net.

Minutes later, Fernanda Elizondo, came close twice, since, at 18’, she attempted to finish in the box, but the defense intervened; then, at  20’, after a half-turn, she prepared to shoot, but the defense blocked her again.

The second goal was scored at minute 25, yet again by Nancy Antonio, whose mid-distance shot found the right-hand corner of the net, making it 2-0.

However, just a minute later, the referee awarded a penalty against our players that was converted by Melissa Arredondo, shrinking the difference to 2-1.

Evelyn González broke away at minute 32 along the right flank, crossed, but the goalkeeper blocked her shot.

A minute afterwards, Belén Cruz shook off three opponents in an individual play, but again the netkeeper intervened. Fernanda Elizondo found the rebound, but the defense got in the way, putting an end to the chance for the third.

At 39’, goalkeeper Villalobos’ quick reactions saved Tigres Women in a moment of confusion among the defense.

Fernanda Elizondo came close to the third at 41’, when, in an individual play, she shook off her mark, but her attempt was saved by keeper Natalia.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Tigres Women continued with the same strategy, seeking and creating opportunities, since, at minute 53, Jaquelín García crossed inside the box but the goalkeeper easily saved her fairly weak attempt.

Querétaro tried to react at minute 61, but Yokoyama was on the alert inside the box, ready to protect Tigres Women’s goal from any danger.

Just a minute later, Nancy Antonio came close but her shot was off target, despite being in front of an empty goal. Then, at 64’, Andrea Romero’s header went over keeper Villalobos’ bar.

Their persistence was rewarded finally at minute 78, when Greta Espinoza scored the decisive goal, making it 3-1 and taking another step towards a win.

Tigres Women wanted more, and, at 80’, Fernanda Elizondo almost top-poked the ball in for the fourth.

However, at 84’, the fourth became a reality when Belén Cruz made it 4-1 off a cross from the right by Nancy Antonio, assuring our team’s landslide victory.

In stoppage time, at minute 91, Liliana Mercado cutback inside the box and came face-to-face with the goal, but the defense rapidly intervened to avoid the fifth.

And a minute afterwards, Natalia Miramontes prevented the fall of Tigres Women’s goal, clearing the ball from the goal line when the keeper had already been defeated.

 

LINEUPS

QUERÉTARO: 23 Natalia Acuña; 5 Rebeca Villuendas, 6 Karen Espinoza, 9 Andrea Romero, 10 Elisa Espino (18 Alejandra Tapia 29’), 11 Daniela Vázquez, 12 Melissa Arredondo, 14 Luz Ruíz (15 Karym Iturbe 64’), 22 Sofía Álvarez (7 Valeria Reza 76’), 27 Fatima Servín and 28 Paola Urbieta.

MGR.: ALBERTO ARELLANO

TIGRES WOMEN: 33 Vania Villalobos; 2 María Yokoyama, 4 Greta Espinoza, 5 María Elizondo (15 Cristina Ferral 75’), 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 9 Evelyn González (13 Karen Luna 80), 18 Belén Cruz, 21 Jaquelín García (24 Vanessa González 86’), 22 Selene Cortés and 31 Natalia Miramontes.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

GOALS

0-1   (6’) Header by Nancy Antonio inside the box.

0-2 (25’) Nancy Antonio mid-distance shot into the right-hand corner of the net.

1-2 (26’) Penalty converted by Melissa Arredondo.

1-3 (78’) Greta Espinoza scores inside the box.

1-4 (86’) Belén Cruz decisive shot, assisted by Nancy Antonio.

 

YELLOW CARDS

QUERÉTARO WOMEN: Rebeca Villuendas (70’), Paola Urbieta (73’)

TIGRES WOMEN: Akemi Yokoyama (89’)

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Katia García

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Sandra Ramírez

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jair de Jesús Sosa

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ismael López

A Hundred for Tigres: 1-0!

GUADALAJARA, February 22nd.- A penalty shot at minute 92 gave André-Pierre Gignac his 100th goal and the UANL Tigres a 1-0 victory over the Atlas Rojinegros.

Just when it looked as though the match would end in a draw, Luis Quiñones, who was giving the defense a hard time, was pulled inside the box and awarded a penalty by the referee. Gignac converted with a shot to the goalkeeper’s left, bringing him just four goals away from the historic Tomás Boy.

 

FIRST HALF

The first 45 minutes delivered few opportunities for either side, with both teams studying each other, particularly when they had possession of the ball.

Nevertheless, Tigres created the first opportunity at minute six from a direct free kick, but Enner Valencia’s attempt went over the crossbar.

The opponent responded a minute later, when Nahuel Guzmán deflected a ball inside the box and Juan Vigón came forward, but his header was too high

After that, the match was played from end to end, though without disturbing the goalkeepers, with Tigres looking for long passes to Gignac, Valencia or Quiñones, while Atlas tried to pass the ball more pitch-wide.

At 38’, Osvaldo Martínez, from a direct free kick, rattled the Incomparable fans with a shot that went over the bar and then, at 44’, Gignac’s attempt was blocked by the goalkeeper.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Atlas took the initiative though our side stood firm in the defensive zone, with Carlos Salcedo and Hugo Ayala working well together, leaving Chaka Rodríguez and Francisco Venegas to break away along the flanks.

Nevertheless, Tigres pressed forward, and, at 46’ Luis Quiñones crossed looking for Gignac, but the French player was unable to finish. Then, at 48’, Gignac crossed to Valencia, who lowered the ball and shot, but the defense intervened.

At 51’, Nahuel blocked an attempt by Isijara, as Atlas reinforced their attack, and then Gignac just missed a scissors kick, assisted by Chaka Rodríguez from the right.

Beforehand, Facundo Barceló came close to scoring, but his shot from inside the box went wide of Nahuel’s left-hand post.

Vigón had a chance at 63’, but Nahuel easily saved the shot, then, two minutes later, Valencia broke into the box, but his cross missed to the left.

Tuca then decided to make his first substitutions, replacing Valencia and Carioca with Eduardo Vargas and Jesús Dueñas, thus consolidating the midfield and ball recovery.

This drove Tigres to improve their game, and, at 76’, Guido Pizarro’s header, following a corner, missed to the left.

Two minutes went by and Gignac came close, after a one-two with Eduardo Vargas, to shoot from in front of the goal, forcing  the goalkeeper to make a diving save.

Our team was creating chances, though later on the French player just missed a cross from Vargas that looked as though it would be a goal.

A HOME COMEBACK NEEDED

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, February 19th.- The UANL Tigres came close to scoring over and over again, but were unable to find the defining shot, resulting in a 1-0 loss against the Costa Rican side Saprissa, in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of Sixteen.

Enner Valencia, Eduardo Vargas, Javier Aquino, Julián Quiñones and even Israel Jiménez generated six clear opportunities, but they had left their decisiveness behind in Mexico, while the opponent capitalized on one of their very few chances to score.

 

FIRST HALF

The game got off to a slow start, with our side taking a while to settle in, but once they found their pace, they began to generate opportunities against a somewhat hesitant Saprissa.

At minute nine, Eduardo Vargas’ mid-distance shot was blocked by goalkeeper Aarón Cruz, in the start of a lucky, well-placed evening for him.

Then, at 13’, it was Aquino’s turn when he broke away from two opponents, but the Costa Rican keeper intercepted the shot again.

Saprissa reacted at 18’, when Manuel Torres’ right-footed shot was saved by Nahuel Guzmán, conceding a corner. Later on, Torres had another chance, but his attempt went wide to the left.

Johan Venegas headed the ball at 30’ into Nahuel’s hands, in another attempt by the hosts. And, at 33’, Julián Quiñones’ header in front of the net missed to the left.

Vargas tried again at 37’, but his shot went over the crossbar; Julián had another chance at 40’, but his shot from inside the box went into the goalkeeper’s hands.

Nevertheless, near the end of the first half, it was Tigres who was saved when Rubilio Castillo missed a shot right in front of the net.

 

SECOND HALF

The match continued along the same lines in the second half, with Tigres attacking and missing, against an opponent who sought to counterattack and found their best chances in set pieces.

At minute 51, Aquino masterfully stole the ball inside the box, advanced on the net, but his shot was blocked and deflected by keeper Cruz.

Afterwards, at 56’, Enner Valencia took advantage when a defender slipped, breaking away unmarked towards the goal, but his shot was intercepted yet again by goalkeeper Saprissa.

Just a minute went by when Vargas had another opportunity, with a mid-range shot that missed to the left. At 60’, Aquino forced the goalkeeper to dive low to make the save and, at 65’, Valencia broke away again, looked for Vargas, but the defense intervened first.

At minute 73, in a corner kick, the opponent scored a goal, with a header by Johan Venegas. The 1-0 felt like a bucket of cold water.

There seemed to be sufficient time to fight back, but a header by Luis Quiñones missed to the right, then Valencia put the ball in the keeper’s hands and finally, at 90’, Vargas’ attempt was saved by goalkeeper Cruz.

 

LINEUPS

SAPRISSA: 13 Aarón Cruz; 2 Christian Bolaños, 7 Johan Venegas, 9 Rubilio Castillo (8 Randall Leal 66’), 10 Marvin Angulo (5 Alejandro Cabral 85’), 11 Michael Barrantes, 12 Ricardo Blanco, 20 Mariano Torres, 21 Juan Bustos, 29 Luis Hernández and 52 Aubrey David

MGR.: WALTER CENTENO

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 2 Israel Jiménez, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 6 Jorge Torres Nilo, 9 Eduardo Vargas, 13 Enner Valencia, 20 Javier Aquino, 21 Francisco Meza, 29 Jesús Dueñas and 33 Julián Quiñones (26 Luis Quiñones 71’).

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

1-0   (71’) Off a corner kick, Johan Venegas scores with a header.

 

YELLOW CARDS

SAPRISSA: Aubrey David (44’) and Mariano Torres (62’)

TIGRES: Jesús Dueñas (22’).

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Jair Marrufo (USA)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Frank Anderson (USA)

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Reon Radix (GRANADA)

Tigres Women Draw in Guadalajara

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO | Monday, February 18, 2019.- Matchday 8 of the Clausura 2019 tournament brought together, in the Akron Stadium, two teams who are used to fighting hard, to the extent that many people view a game between Tigres Women and Chivas Women as one of the Women’s Liga MX derbies.

The first half served to allow both sides to size each other up after the last match that had put Chivas on the path to the Apertura 2018 championship. Even though Tigres was in control throughout most of the first half and created more opportunities, they were unable to put the ball past netkeeper Blanca Félix, given the opponent’s steadfast defensive strategy.

Early on in the match, at minute 10, a free kick by Liliana Mercado almost made it into the net when the goalkeeper dropped the ball, but none of Tigres’ strikers came forward in time.

Two minutes later, Katty Martínez put the keeper on the spot, but was unable to steal the ball that was right on the goal line.

The ferocity of the competition also gave Nayeli Rangel the chance to prove herself, when she received in a one-two play that left her to finish on her own inside the box, but she hit the ball too hard and her attempt went high.

Tigres Women seemed to be in possession, especially when Belén Cruz sent a through ball to Liliana Mercado, but she hit the ball too low and again it went over the crossbar.

At 35’, Katty Martínez broke a way from the defense, but just as she was about to shoot from the line, her shot was intercepted and rendered harmless.

Chivas came very close, but goalkeeper Solís and defender Natalia Villarreal crashed into each other, forcing the paramedics to come on to take care of them.

Just before the end of the first half, Tigres came even closer to opening the scoring, but both teams went to the locker rooms empty handed.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Tigres and Chivas insisted on reaching their opponent’s goal, but few opportunities were created in either box. Tigres Women were somewhat impetuous in their attack.

At 49’, Chivas gave Tigres a fright with a shot by Miriam Castillo that bounced onto Ofelia Solís’ post and looked as though it would go in. However, Tigres Women were ultimately saved from conceding the first goal in the Akron Stadium.

Substitutions began at 58’ to reinforce the attack and generate more and clearer opportunities. Ramón Villa Zevallos replaced Nayeli Rangel and Belén Cruz with Fernanda Elizondo, an intuitive striker, and Nancy Antonio, respectively.

Minutes after this adjustment, Katty Martínez penetrated Chivas’ box with a well-controlled ball, but, at the end of the play, she was unable to control and the defense intervened. Five minutes afterwards, at 67’, Katty managed to shoot in a half-turn inside the six-yard box, but her attempt went straight into Félix’s hands, though proving that Tigres wanted more.

Tigres constantly put the pressure on, so much so that they forced a new direct free kick taken by Liliana Mercado that nearly went into the net guarded by Félix, who was injured in this play.

After Selene Cortés was replaced with Vanessa González at 80’, Nicole Pérez, one of the U-17 stars, came close to scoring for the Guadalajara side, colliding with the feline keeper, Ofelia Solís.

Both teams were eager to score, but Guadalajara’s defensive efforts contained the best offense of the tournament. As a result, the two teams earned one point each from the nil-nil draw.

With this result, Tigres remains at the top of the general table with 17 points, continues to have the best offense in the tournament, with 22 goals, and Katty Martínez is still the top scorer in the Women’s Liga MX. Tigres Women’s next match will be in Querétaro, on February 24th.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 20. Ofelia Solís, 3. Jazmín Enrigue, 4 Greta Espinoza, 17. Natalia Villarreal, 22. Selene Cortés (79’ Vanessa González), 7 Liliana Mercado, 11. Nayeli Rangel (58’ Fernanda Elizondo) 14 Jackie Ovalle, 8. Belén Cruz (58’ Nancy Antonio), 9. Evelyn González, 10. Katty Martínez

.

MGR.: Ramón Villa Zevallos

NECAXA: 12. Blanca Félix, 4. Arlett Tovar, 14. María Sánchez, 16. Priscila Padilla, 26. Angélica Torres (67’ Guadalupe Sánchez), 6. Susana Bejarano (74’ Victoria Acevedo), 10. Tania Morales, 15. Miriam Castillo, 28. Dania Pérez, 9. Brenda Viramontes (60’ Norma Duarte), 25. Kristal Soto.

MGR.: Luis Díaz

 

Yellow cards

Tigres Women

14’ Selene Cortés

Chivas Women

9’ Priscila Padilla

90’ Arlett Tovar

 

REFEREE: Priscila Eritzel Pérez Borja

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Mayra Alejandra Mora Cerero

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jéssica Fernanda Morales

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Juan José Gutiérrez León

Costa Rica, the Land Where Tigres Have Never Known Defeat

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, February 18th.- The UANL Tigres have been participating in the CONCACAF Champions League since 2012 and, throughout these years, have never known defeat in Costa Rica.

However, this CONCACAF Champions League Round of Sixteen match will be the first time they face Deportivo Saprissa.

Alajuelense was Tigres’ first Costa Rican opponent in the history of short tournaments, in August  2012, drawing 2-2 with goals by Alonso Zamora and Manuel Viniegra, within that era’s group phase.

After that our team’s Costa Rican opponent has been Herediano, three times, with two draws and one win, the latter in the Round of Sixteen with a 2-2 tie after Tigres had been ahead 2-0.

The only win in Costa Rican territory took place in August 2016, when the team defeated Herediano 3-1 with goals by Fernando Fernández, Damián Álvarez and Jonathan Espericueta, within the group phase that was played back then.

Saprissa’s history

Tigres’ rival this Tuesday evening is a club that was founded 84 years ago and regularly plays a leading role in the local league. In fact, right now it is in second place overall, with 20 points.

Their last match in the Costa Rica Liga was last Saturday, which resulted in a 4-2 defeat over Grecia, the team currently at the top of the general table with 23 points.

Saprissa plays at the Ricardo Saprissa Aymá Stadium, with a capacity of 23,112, and named, like the team itself, after the club’s founder. Their fanbase, known as the Ultra Morada, is the largest in the country.

Saprissa is the Costa Rican club with the highest number of official titles won, with a total of 50, and the most championships at the national level, with 34 Liga and 8 Copa titles.

In 2005, they participated in the FIFA Club World Cup played in Japan, obtaining third place, an achievement that earned them the honor of being designated as the Top CONCACAF Club of the 20th Century, according to IFFHS.

Tigres Women aim to hold onto the top spot against Chivas

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, February 18, 2019.-  Tigres Women will be playing Guadalajara today in the Akron Stadium, at 7:00 p.m., with the idea of holding onto the Leadership position in the Clausura 2018 tournament.

Of the eight times the two squads have faced each, the yellow-and-blues have won five matches.

Nevertheless, games between these teams are usually pretty tight, with a total of 16 goals for the felines, while the Rebaño has scored 12.

It is worth noting that player Christian Jaramillo has scored five times.

Tigres and Chivas competed against each other in the Apertura 2018 Semifinals, where Tigres came out on top with a 5-3 aggregate score.

The felines are looking for a victory this evening to continue for another week at the top of the General Table and as group leaders.

 

Fifth Win: 3-2!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 16th.- The UANL Tigres enjoyed their fifth win of the Clausura 2019 tournament, reaching 16 points and holding onto second place in the Liga MX table, after defeating the Necaxa Rayos 3-2.

André-Pierre Gignac scored two, bringing him just four away from the legendary Tomás Boy, and Enner Valencia the third, giving Tigres five victories in seven matches.

 

FIRST HALF

Contrast was the main feature of the first half. Our side started with an opportunity, barely two minutes into the match, when Enner Valencia crossed from the right to André-Pierre Gignac, who came close, but the defense intervened before he could complete a right-footed shot.

Later on, Carlos Salcedo had his turn with a poorly controlled header inside the box that went wide.

At 18’, in a corner kick, Rafael de Souza crossed to the far post, where goalkeeper Hugo González intervened before Francisco Meza could finish.

A minute afterwards, Valencia sent a long pass to Jesús Dueñas, who broke away and crossed to Gignac on his right. The French payer came close to opening the scoring, but the shot went over the crossbar.

This roused the opponent to react, repositioning and pressing forward, putting the pressure on Tigres from the back.

At 23’, in a clear breakaway by the Rayos, Barragán came forward to finish in the box, but Luis Rodríguez prevented the goal with a fine sliding tackle.

At 26’, Ángel Sepúlveda’s shot hit the post, meaning that Nahuel Guzmán’s goal was still safe.

Tigres had a chance at 32’, when Gignac fought and won a one-on-one and passed to Valencia, whose attempt landed in the Necaxa keeper’s hands.

A minute later, Gignac created another opportunity with a mid-range shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to save, conceding a corner.

And just when Necaxa were doing their best to react, Luis Quiñones appeared on the right, broke away and crossed to André-Pierre Gignac, who was facing away from the goal but backheeled the ball into the net, making it 1-0 and bringing the fans in the Universitario Stadium to their feet.

However, the opponent wasn’t about the give up and, at 42’, Nahuel Guzmán only just saved a shot by Luis Gallegos who was hoping to find the corner of the net.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, even though our side was in control of the match, at 54’, the opponent equalized, when Kevin Mercado crossed to the far post, where Brian Fernández’s header made it 1-1.

However, Gignac fought back three minutes later, scoring with a header for Tigres, gleefully celebrated by our Incomparable fans.

Tuca began with his substitutions, taking Meza off and sending on Julián Quiñones, and, before that, replacing Luis Quiñones with Javier Aquino, to put even greater pressure on the opponent’s goal.

Then, at minute 79, Valencia drove down the center, shaking off a defender and put the ball inside the right post, making it 3-1 and practically assuring victory for our team.

But Necaxa wasn’t ready to accept defeat and, at 86’, Rodrigo Contreras’ mid-range shot went past Nahuel into the net by the left-hand post, bringing the score to 3-2.

Just before the end of the match, top scorer Fernández silenced the Incomparable Ones when he made it 3-3, but two minutes later, assisted by VAR, referee Francisco Chacón disallowed the goal for offside.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 3 Carlos Salcedo, 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia, 15 Francisco Venegas (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 74’), 21 Francisco Meza (33 Julián Quiñones 58’), 26 Luis Quiñones (20 Javier Aquino 55’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

NECAXA: 1 Hugo Rodríguez; 4 Alexis Peña, 5 Fernando Meza, 9 Martín Barragán (27 Rodrigo Contreras 76’), 11 Brian Fernández, 12 Carlos Guzmán (2 Brayan Beckeles 72’), 18 Luis Gallegos, 23 Ángel Sepúlveda (8 Facundo Castro 72’), 24 Fernando González, 26 Cristián Calderón and 30 Kevin Mercado.

MGR.: GUILLERMO VÁZQUEZ

 

GOALS

1-0 (39’) Luis Quiñones breaks away down the right, crosses to André-Pierre Gignac, who backheels the ball into the net.

1-1 (54’) Kevin Mercado crosses to the far post, where Brian Fernández heads the ball in.

2-1 (58) André-Pierre Gignac scores with a header.

3-1 (79’) Enner Valencia controls, shakes off his mark, shoots inside the right post and scores.

3-2 (86’) Rodrigo Contreras mid-range shot finds the inside of the left-hand post.

 

YELLOW CARDS

None

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Francisco Chacón

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Mario López

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Eduardo Acosta

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Aldo Cano

Tuca Reaches 350 Liga and Playoff Matches

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019.- This Saturday, Ricardo Ferretti will have managed a grand total of 350 Liga and Playoff matches with Tigres, in his third phase as the Universitarios’ manager.

The Brazilian joined the felines in the Apertura 2010 tournament, when the team was on the brink of relegation. Eight and a half years later, he has achieved four out of six Liga and three Champion of Champion titles, two Concacaf finals and runner-up in the Copa Libertadores.

Tuca’s record from 2010 to date shows that he has accomplished 157 victories, 113 draws and 79 losses, which translates into an efficiency of 56%.

RECORD IN 350 MATCHES

 

NOTE: In his third phase at the head of Tigres, Ricardo Ferretti has won four Liga championships (Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, Apertura 2016 and Apertura 2017).