We Have Proved our Ambition and Hunger.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 15th.- Nahuel Guzmán, in a press conference, said that he is pleased with the team because they have found the way to prove their ambition and hunger for victory.

“Personally, I’m pleased we have recovered our ambition, our hunger, not because it’s been lacking in previous games or tournaments, but because we found the way to prove and express it on the field.

“I think all the players are keen to fight for important things again. I think we all want to make up for having been far from the top in previous tournaments and we’re trying to turn that page over in this championship.

“If everything goes as we want and with the way we are preparing, let’s hope we can aspire to qualifying in the top four places. There’s a way to go yet, but I think we’ve retrieved many things from previous successful tournaments, perhaps with a line of four or five, the intention to play and control the ball and to make as few mistakes as possible.”

Having two players per position…

“That’s the institution’s objective from the very beginning, to have a team with the idea of two players per position, or in the event of any issues, the aim of competing in both competitions on an equal footing.

“We’re on good form, there are always things that can be improved, but regarding the match against Veracruz, a difficult, tight game, where we constantly put the pressure on throughout the almost 95 minutes it lasted and found the result we wanted in the last five minutes. That’s the hunger we’re recovering, to go out and win on every pitch.”

Football that undergoes variations…

“I think they are variations that the manager is trying out. We’ve done it and trained beforehand. This is the football that undergoes tactical variations or incorporates variations all the time. A lot of teams readapt plans according to the opponent and the possibility of playing with one line, or at times it might be three or five, sometimes depends on the opponent’s formation and, in particular, that team’s center-forwards.

“More specifically, very often when the opponent has two strikers up front, the line of four leaves the midfielders hand in hand with the forwards, and a line of five, leaves one that can take those two.

“We’ve had to face teams with two forwards up front and we’ve adapted well. I think we need to continue to improve with this formation the intention of playing out from the back, of carrying on trusting in the manager in order to play out from the back, and I think we have the players who can do this, as shown the other day with two goals by Paco. We’ve proved that wingers can also be forwards. We practiced it and luckily it worked.”

Consistency in our football…

“This is something we have to prove game by game. We prepare to be consistent in our football, which is something we lacked in the last tournament. We’re aiming for consistency, to recover our traditional Tigres style of play, of controlling the ball, having possession and dominating the match, and everything that happens in the game should be our responsibility. We’re on the right track, the performance ideal is a weekly challenge that we have to show on every pitch against opponents who are just waiting for us to make a mistake.”

Achieving a good point base…

“That would be ideal. No one can guarantee that we’ll successfully reach the final objective or the championship, because we’ve been in first place and won the championship, and other times we’ve only just qualified and gone a long way.

I think the close of the championship is very important, but achieving a good point base, a good reserve of points as well, gives you the chance to work calmly and the possibility of incorporating other youngsters and not having to reach the end of the championship with just enough points, which doesn’t mean that you do well and first and then take it easy at the end. Let’s hope we can be consistent throughout the whole of the championship and not have to grit our teeth at the end of the tournament.”

Necaxa’s goal scorer…

“He’s a player (Brian Fernández) who has already proved himself in Argentina, and is gradually earning the trust of the Liga. In this championship he has the opportunity to exploit and show a bit of what he has to offer. He’s one of the players we need to take into consideration, since the ones who often unbalance a tight match are the players who make a difference. We have that type of players as well. We’ll try to play card by card and see collectively who will work best.”

Winning Concacaf isn’t all that’s left to do…

“Saying that all that’s left for us to do is to be champions in the next Concacaf Champions League, and after basking in the sun at home, would be exaggerated. I think the idea that it’s all that’s left is somewhat exaggerated and closed. I understand your question about the team’s and the group’s hopes of achieving what we were denied in two finals, it’s not something pending at all. It’s a hard journey, each tournament is different. We prepare in different ways. First it’s Necaxa and then the first Concacaf Champions League match, looking for that new aspiration, that new objective.

“I understand that all the teams that participate have the same objective. We need to aim for it in every game, to be able to come closer to our objective. I think this team has so much more to offer nationally and internationally, so let’s not believe that the Concacaf Champions League is all that’s left for Tigres to win. Let’s hope we’ll carry on accomplishing important things for this institution.”

We’re on the right track.- President

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 13th.- Even though the team might not have reached its full football capacity, it is on track to achieving the institution’s goals, commented Miguel Ángel Garza, president of Club Tigres UANL this morning.

During an interview with dozens of media representatives, within the framework of the Official Photograph event, the president made it quite clear that there has not been a formal approach with any club regarding the rumors that put Eduardo Vargas in the MLS.

“The team is on track to achieving what the club wants. I don’t think our form is 100%, but we’re working hard and hopefully in the next few games and starting the CONCACAF Champions League, the team will have reached nearly 80 or 90 per cent of its capacity.

“We’d like to start the Liga and CONCACAF Champions League at 100%; it’s a process we’re going through and what’s most important is to finish the tournaments as well as possible, and for the team to be 100% for the finals.”

Regarding the rumor you mentioned about Chilean player Eduardo Vargas…

“I found out about this situation yesterday in the media. They’re rumors that exist not only about Vargas, but also other players. There’s nothing official from the team.

“And if there is anything, well, the last time we talked we commented that on January 31st things would be quieter, regarding signings both into and out of the Club. We’ve seen that the window is still open in some leagues and we have that alternative until those countries close their windows.”

It’s positive that there’s interest in Tigres players…

“We’re very pleased that there’s interest in Tigres players, it means they are valuable in the international market, but unless there’s anything official, we are very happy with Vargas and, as a footballer, he has a role to play in the team.”

  Would you be willing to let him go for 10 million dollars?

“First, it has to be official and then we’ll discuss figures, although the club isn’t talking about a timeframe or numbers. It has to be something that’s good for the player, the institution and the other team. If all three parts come together, then we’ll do it, but we won’t do anything that would put the institution at a disadvantage sports-wise; the negotiation has to be good.”

Only rumors…

“There’s nothing, just media rumors and I know there are representative dealing with Vargas’ situation, but the same happened with Valencia, Zelarayán, Julián. We’re used to this type of situations.”

 So, we could say they are just putting out feelers?

“That’s right (feelers, but no formal offers)”.

Would the club be open to negotiating, if necessary?

“We’re not closed because that would be blocking an opportunity for our players to grow internationally, and if it’s good for the player and for Club Tigres, we’ll sit down and talk about it.”

Tigres Women 4-0 Victory!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 9th.- Tigres Women continue to reign supreme in the Women’s Liga MX, after a superb 4-0 victory this evening over the Morelia Monarcas – their fifth win in the Clausura 2019 tournament.

This victory brings them to 16 points, puts them in the Liga leadership position for now and keeps them at the top of Group Two.

FIRST HALF

The start of the match was intense for our side, who were beginning to pass the ball in every sector of the field, seeking to penetrate a seemingly lackluster opponent’s box.

Just three minutes in, Katty Martínez crashed the ball into the right post, to the relief of Morelia who were doing their best to defend their net.

But the opponent was not ready to surrender without a fight and, at minute eight, Diana Guatemala broke away in a clear counterattack, penetrated the box and, as keeper Ofelia came off her line, crossed but missed to the left.

Tigres realized that they couldn’t underestimate the opponent and later, at the 17-minute mark, Katty once more hit the woodwork and then a defender’s arm, earning a penalty.

A minute afterwards, Liliana Mercado converted brilliantly, to the right of the goalkeeper, putting Tigres Women ahead 1-0 and on track to their fifth victory of the tournament.

SECOND HALF

The pace in the second half was similar to the first, and, at 53’, Jacqueline Ovalle came very close to the second, when the goalkeeper made a mistake and left a ball loose outside the box, but she was unable to control and shoot.

Ovalle persisted, this time with a direct free kick that hit the wall and her reward was just a corner kick. Later, at 60’, Evelyn González attacked individually, but her attempt was wide to the right.

Ovalle had yet another opportunity when, at minute 62, assisted by Belén Cruz from the left, she made her way into the box, but her shot was wide of the left post.

At minute 65, our side came close to their second goal, but keeper Maricruz González saved a shot by Ovalle. However, her resistance only lasted until 66’, when Katty Martínez found the ball in the box and scored with a powerful shot, making it 2-0.

Two minutes on, Morelia responded, when María Cruzley’s free kick hit the crossbar, just missing the visitor’s first.

Then, at 72’, Ofelia Solís got the upper hand in a one-on-one with Cruzley, who had broken into the box unmarked in a play that looked as though it would be successful. And 35 seconds later, our goalkeeper yet again blocked the opponent’s attempt.

Katty Martínez came close to the third, when she received unmarked in the penalty area, but the defense intercepted her shot at 82’.

Soon after, at 84’, the referee showed the visitors the red card for a foul on Katty. She took the penalty shot herself and put the ball inside the left post, making it 3-0.

Only a minute went by before the forth of the evening was on the scoreboard. Ovalle broke away down the left, entered the box and made it 4-0 with an unstoppable shot.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 3 Jazmin Enrigue (Nancy Antonio 46’), 4 Greta Espinoza, 7 Liliana Mercado, 9 Evelyn González, 10 Katty Martínez, 11 Nayeli Rangel, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 18 Belén Cruz, 22 Selene Cortés (17 Natalia Villarreal 86’) and 31 Natalia Miramontes.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

MORELIA: 24 Maricruz González; 3 Michel Guerrero, 5 María Cruzley, 12 Nadia Barriga (9 Estela Gómez), 13 María Ruiz, 15 Alejandra Calderón, 19 Jaqueline Ayala (11 Andrea Torres 70’), 20 Diana Guatemala, 21 María Sandoval, 22 Dalia Molina and 27 Sahiry Cruz.

MGR.: FILADELFO RANGEL

 

GOALS

1-0  (18’) Penalty converted by Liliana Mercado to the right of the goalkeeper.

2-0 (67’) Katty Martínez finds a ball inside the box, shoots and scores.

3-0 (85’) Katty Martínez converts a penalty, putting the ball inside the left post.

4-0 (86’) Jacqueline Ovalle breaks away down the left, enters the box, crosses and is helped by Pasco, who scores an own goal.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: Jazmine Enrigue (35’)

MORELIA: Alejandra Calderón (15’)

RED CARDS

None

REFEREE: Julián Duarte

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Oscar Peña

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Rafael García

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Luis Ibarra

Plenty of Room for Improvement.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 11th.- Even though Tigres is in second place on the general table, just one point behind the leader, with four wins in six games, Ricardo Ferretti commented at midday that there is plenty of room for improvement in the team.

“We have to improve, we can’t just assume that what we’re doing is enough,” the manager reiterated. “Each game is different and we have to adapt, seeking to offset any harm they might wish to do when we have the ball, seeking to attack, not like madmen or fools, but properly. I believe that if we don’t think about continuing to improve and working hard every day, things could turn around and that would be a disaster.”

Carry on working…

“That’s how it is after these six match days, but we need to carry on working, that’s all we need to do. I don’t think that cheering and bragging will do us any good at all. I personally believe we need to carry on working with the same earnestness and the same commitment as always. I don’t think that there’s anything else we need to do apart from that.”

Support for those called up to the Tricolor (Mexico National Team)…

“It’s an essential situation for the National Team and we’re going to support them in every sense. It’s essential, something Martino has to do. If I were in his place, I’d do it. If we really want to obtain the results we all hope for after I don’t know how many World Cups, then I think that he’s doing the right thing and we are more than willing to support him.”

Without the starters who were champions in 2011…

“Well, Tomas Boy, Batocletti, Orduña, Carrillo, Lucas Lobos, “Diablo” Núñez, Walter Gaitan, Danilo aren’t here either. It’s perfectly normal. No one is eternal. We’re all necessary, but nobody is indispensable and life goes on. There’s always renewal – not mine I hope (laughter). You get to a certain age and the day will come when you have to leave. That’s life.”

Is the goal to be in First Place?

“I don’t know if it’s a goal. The goal is to earn three points in each match, that’s what we’re focusing on, that’s what every team focuses on.”

“We have a squad that I think should be fighting for the top four spots. We didn’t make it in the last tournament and this year it’s one of our goals, apart from earning three points in every match. If we manage to do this, I think we’ll be able to stay in the top four. There are other teams in the same position as us, Monterrey, León which is the team that I think has impressed everyone right now.”

About not making any substitutions in matches…

“I’ve always said it. I plan on sending on 11 and ending up with 11. Even if we had drawn, I would have been satisfied with what they did on the pitch, I wouldn’t have reproached them for anything.”

Responsibility only toward the team itself…

“I think we’ve always had a responsibility toward not the Liga itself, but definitely toward ourselves. We don’t do things to show off and we’re this or that. That’s not how it is. I think this is too premature. It’s only been six matches, there’s a long road ahead as we’re only a third of the way through, and I hope there won’t be any radical changes.

“It’s not about wanting to show that the teams from Monterrey are this or that, and creating an unnecessary rivalry with other states. That’s not the point. We do the best we can for our own sakes…”

Martino’s first call up…

“Everyone has their own responsibilities and if he called up this group of people it’s because he observed and wants to observe people. But, I think we need to forget whether or not I was there. The time I was there in three call-ups, I mentioned the same thing. There’s new material with which we need to continue to progress, preparing them so they can reach the potential we saw in them.”

About the 20/11 Rule…

“We have to comply with this, but one of the things I personally believe is that the players who went on just to fulfill this Rule, well, I don’t agree with this, because there’s no age in football.  If we have to have the obligation of a youth player or fulfill this, then what about the players like “Conejo”, Osvaldo? I played until I was 38 years old. There’s no age in football and I think that these youngsters should play not because of this Rule, but instead because of their capacity, and I think the footballers we’ve used have that capacity, which in some teams is rather complicated.”

Tigres Women have a total of 405 minutes with three players

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, February 11, 2019.- Tigres Women have reached a total of 405 minutes in the youth table, up to just before the Seventh Match Day, meaning that they need another 595 to comply with this rule.

Like the men, women’s teams must give their youth players a total of one thousand minutes on the pitch, although, in this case, it applies to under eighteens.

The players who have contributed to fulfilling the rule are goalkeeper Vania Villalobos, who is only 15 years old; defender Natalia Miramontes, who is 16; and the also 16 year-old, winger Mariana Elizondo.

MINUTES

 TOTAL MINUTES FULFILLED: 405 

TO BE FULFILLED: 595

Tigres is just 504 minutes away from fulfilling the Youth Rule

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, February 11, 2019.- So far, Tigres has reached a total of 496 minutes in the youth rule, meaning that they are just 504 away from compliance, thanks to the participation of three players who have proved their quality in the team’s defensive area.

According to the rule in effect for the Clausura 2019 tournament, all the clubs have to comply with the Youth Rule, which states that players under 21 years of age must be given a total of at least one thousand minutes of playing time.

Tigres has used two players from the academy,  Jair Díaz, who has played a total of 226 minutes, and Juan Sánchez Purata, with 90. The rest have been contributed by the newly signed Francisco Venegas, who came from Everton in Chile, and already has 180 minutes and two goals.

MINUTES

TOTAL MINUTES FULFILLED: 496

TO BE FULFILLED: 504

Top of the Table for Now with a 2-0 Win

VERACRUZ, February 8th.- The UANL Tigres found their “Venegol”, in Francisco Venegas, who led them, for now, to the top spot in the Liga MX Clausura 2019 tournament, with a 2-0 defeat over the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos.

The new young player scored both goals, while adding to the total minutes for the Youth Player rule, together with JuanJo Purata, to reach a total of 13 points, compared with 11 by Rayados, their closest rival, and who will be playing this Saturday in the sixth match day.

 

FIRST HALF

The start of the match wasn’t optimal, since the opponent, remembering that they were at home, began to put the pressure on, attacking Nahuel Guzmán’s goal, to the extent that, at minute three, Sebastián Rodríguez came close with a shot that was off target.

It wasn’t until minute 12 that Tigres was able to generate an opportunity, thanks to Enner Valencia, although the shot went wide.

Later, at 20’, Valencia broke away along the right, looking to cross to the near post where André-Pierre Gignac tried to finish, but the defense intercepted the French footballer.

Our team was gradually taking control of the match, and it would likely be just a matter of time before they opened the scoring. However, at that point, goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado began to excel, blocking everything that came his way.

At 31’, Gignac came close again, when he received a pass from behind, made a half-turn , but his shot was only just wide to the right.

A shot by Luis Quiñones was easily saved by Jurado. Then, at 38’, the Veracruz goalkeeper intercepted an attempt by the French player on the line and, just a minute on, blocked a shot by Francisco Venegas.

 

SECOND HALF

The pace was very similar in the second half, with Tigres recovering the ball, overlapping and creating opportunities, against an opponent who endeavored to hold firm defending their goal.

At 48’, it was Quiñones’ turn to send the ball wide of the net. Then, at 50’, the Colombian had another chance, but keeper Jurado blocked this opportunity.

Later, at 53’, JuanJo Purata came close with a header inside the box, but Jurado intervened yet again.

Quiñones had an opportunity at 62’, when a ball from the left reached his area, but he was unable to control and the shot went over the goal line.

Afterwards, at 73’, Luis Rodríguez, in a one-two with Quiñones, broke into the box by himself and crossed to put the ball inside the net. However, VAR determined that Chaka had controlled and lowered the ball with his arm, resulting in his goal being annulled.

Time went by until, at 87’, Valencia appeared on the right, crossed to Gignac, whose shot was deflected by Jurado on the line. Venegas caught the rebound and his left-footed shot smashed into the opposite post and then into the back of the net. The hard-won 1-0 lead was ours.

Just when it seemed we would win by the minimum difference, Venegas appeared along the left again in injury time, putting a powerful shot past Jurado to make it 2-0.

 

LINEUPS

VERACRUZ: 25 Sebastián Jurado; 2 Fabricio Dornellas, 5 Carlos Salcido, 8 Luis Noriega, 9 Colin Kazim, 11 Cristian Ménendez, 14 Sebastián Rodríguez, 16 Lampros Kontagiannis, 28 Jesús Paganoni, 30 Edson García and 33 Carlos Gutiérrez.

MGR.: ROBERT SIBOLDI

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia, 14 Juan Purata, 15 Francisco Venegas, 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones, 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1   (87’) Francisco Venegas recovers on the left, breaks into the box and scores close to the post.

0-2 (92’) André-Pierre Gignac’s header is deflected by the goalkeeper, and finds Francisco Venegas who scores.

 

YELLOW CARDS

VERACRUZ: Lampros Kontagiannis (28’).

TIGRES: Luis Rodríguez (25’).

 

RED CARDS

VERACRUZ: Lampros Kontagiannis (92’)

TIGRES: None

I’m my own competition.- Purata

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 6th.- There’s internal competition between everyone, but it’s particularly with myself, affirmed youth player Juan Purata, who said that he feels he’s ready for whenever manager Ricardo Ferretti calls him.

“I’m confident in what I’ve been doing. I haven’t stopped working so I’ll be ready for when I’m given an opportunity, either in the Concachampions, Liga, wherever I have to go, doing my best and I’ll carry on preparing for this.

“The competition to play is with everyone and especially with myself . I feel that I am my own competition. I try to be better than yesterday, tomorrow I’ll try to be better than today. The one who is doing really well is Paco (Venegas), who has made everyone, the young players, proud, and I hope he will continue along this path,” he said.

Having variations is positive…

“It seems positive to me. It helps the coaches to decide whether a bit more variation is needed and that offers us more options for being on the field.”

You have said that before you achieve it, you have to believe it. What did you mean?

“I want to achieve many things, particularly consolidating my place in this team, if possible, and in the best possible way.”

Ignoring criticism…

“Actually, outside comments have never bothered me. I’m confident in myself, in my work and the opportunity Tuca gives us in each and every training session, the trust, with good performances and I hope I won’t let him down when it’s my turn to go on.”

Venegas and Salcedo are here to contribute…

“It’s cool. They’re here to contribute a lot. I met Venegas in the U-17, and Salcedo has really helped me a lot over the past few days that I’ve been here. I’ve learnt a lot as well and the best thing I can do is to carry on learning from him, making the most of all his experience.”

Is it difficult to be a starter with Tigres?

“It will always be difficult, but, in the same way, there will always be opportunities. Being part of the group gives you the chance to play, but it will always be difficult here or in any other team.

“It could also be because of the squad we have, but it’s not impossible. Our teammates themselves have set examples for us, achieving a very good career here. That’s the idea, to be patient, continue to work with the same humility as always – moving up in this team isn’t impossible.”

What has Salcedo taught you?

“Well, he’s taught me so much on the field. He suddenly gives me a piece of advice about a play, when to move forward and when not to. Lots of things, but he really has helped me a lot”.

Award-Winning Tigres Women


SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Tuesday, February 5, 2019.- This evening, Tigres Women received the “Diego Díaz de Berlanga” Sporting Achievement Medal for their work and perseverance.
This was the result of their championship in 2018 and successes achieved in the Women’s Liga MX, in which not only have they qualified in every tournament, but also set points records, and currently have the tournament’s best offense and top scorer.
Our players, Carolina Jaramillo, Paulina Solís and Blanca Solís, together with Osvaldo Batocletti, represented Tigres Women and accepted the award from the San Nicolás Town Council.
Other attendees at the event were Alberto Palomino, Managing Director and COO of Tigres; Antonio Sancho, Club Tigres Sports Manager; and David French, Coordinator of Tigres Women.

 Tuca Hopes for Greater Growth

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 4th.- Ricardo Ferretti commented that the team played well on Saturday in the match against Santos, but he hopes to prove that their performance can grow even more.

In the traditional Monday press conference, the UANL Tigres manager said that what he saw on Saturday was good as a base, but they need to be more demanding.

“Our performance was good, it was a good win, but I am always very demanding and every match is different. I hope that the level shown can continue to grow. I expect a lot more and I have players who can meet my demands.

“As a base it’s fine, but we need to continue to be more demanding amongst ourselves,” Tuca reiterated.

Is the number of points the team now has within the budget?

“It’s not something I worry about, whether we budgeted to have such and such a number of points. We have what we’ve achieved…I’d like to have 15, but we don’t have them.”

Defensive work…

“I think the defense performed well, but we conceded a goal. We need to improve. They need to always achieve zero goals conceded for me to praise them. It’s not about four or five players plus the goalkeeper, this is about all of them.”

We need to demand more and more of ourselves…

“It’s nothing that hasn’t happened to other teams. First of all, being demanding starts with oneself. I think everything is normal. No one is slitting their wrists or crying, or saying that they couldn’t care less. They’re professionals. They know that in this job we need to demand more and more of ourselves every day.”

The second half has been better…

“I think we were better against Tijuana, which has been the second half I liked best. Actually, I think in both second halves we played quite well.”

Two good players in each position…

“I think we have two good players in each position. It’s nothing new. What we expect is for whoever is playing to give their all.”

Looking for balance…

“What I’m looking for right now is to keep myself and keep them balanced, knowing that we did things properly in what’s gone by and that we have to work hard for what’s coming.”

Continue to win…

“Right now we’ve won two matches and our aim is to win again. We have to acknowledge the opponent, their capacity and do our best to better them and earn the points we want.

“The idea is to be in the top positions and I think we have this capacity, this possibility and we need to focus our efforts on that.”

Is there an advantage to having two more days of rest than the current opponent?

“An advantage in being able to determine the result? I don’t think so. They are professionals, they train the same as we do, they have the same capacity, I doubt it affects them much physically. Recovery is important after a match. Today was a difficult day for us since we didn’t have the training session yesterday we usually have in a short week.”

First Home Win: 2-1!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 2nd.- The UANL Tigres achieved yet another win this evening in the Clausura 2019 tournament, after defeating the Torreón Santos 2-1, which brought their total to 10 points and kept them near the top of the general table.

Enner Valencia, in the first half, and André-Pierre Gignac, in the second, scored the goals that gave the felines their first home win of the season, which also showcased Francisco Venegas’ debut with Ricardo Ferretti’s team.

 

FIRST HALF

Our team seemed to be having a hard time at the start of the match against a visiting side that was unwilling to drop their guard.

At minute eight, André-Pierre Gignac broke away, but his attempt ended up in Jonathan Orozco’s hands. Meanwhile, Nahuel Guzmán, saved us twice, first conceding a corner and then blocking a fierce shot on the line.

Later, at 13’, Javier Aquino’s attempt went wide of the net. A minute afterwards, following a corner play, Enner Valencia, despite the commotion, kept a clear head to put the ball past Orozco and bring the score to 1-0 and the fans to their feet in the Universitario Stadium.

It was Luis Quiñones’ turn at minute 19, breaking into the box with an individual play, but his shot was easily saved by Santos’ goalkeeper.

Marcelo Correo responded for the visitors, at 25’, but Patón’s magnificent save dominated the shot. Then, at  26’, José Abella’s opportunity was off target.

Gignac came very close to the second at minute 29, when the ball went over the goalkeeper only to bounce off the crossbar, allowing Santos to breathe a sigh of relief.

Gignac was unable to take advantage of another chance when, at minute 35, he lowered a ball inside the goal area, face-to-face with the net, but his attempt went over the crossbar.

Just when it seemed as though Tigres would go to the break ahead on the scoreboard, Julio Furch appeared with a high mid-distance shot that curved downwards in time to level the score to 1-1.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres was forced to attack from the start of the second half and, just a minute in, at 46’, Valencia came close, but his attempt was intercepted by the opponent, conceding a corner. Two minutes on, Luis Quiñones moved up along the right, crossed to Gignac who headed the ball into the net.

Our side well deserved the 2-1 lead, with their possession and efforts to attack in every play.

At 59’, Quiñones broke away and came close with a shot that went wide; then, at  61’, Gignac’s shot was blocked, Valencia counterattacked, but again the defense intervened.

Tigres was creating opportunities and the evening got even better for them when, at minute 66, Doria Matheus was show the red card for a serious foul on Luis Quiñones.

This took the pressure off our side, who began to improve their passing in every corner of the pitch.

Tuca started to make some substitutions, replacing Javier Aquino with Jesús Dueñas, and then Valencia with Eduardo Vargas, moves that seemed to bear fruit fairly quickly since, at minute 80, the Chilean came very close with a shot inside the box that ultimately hit the left-hand post.

Julián Quiñones then replaced Gignac, clearly seeking to generate opportunities from any point along the attacking line.

At minute 89, Julián Quiñones escaped along the right flank, but the defense intercepted his cross to concede a corner. Tigres had the ball, but was losing depth.

However, Jesús Dueñas soon contradicted this at 91’, with a powerful shot that the goalkeeper only just managed to save, conceding a corner.

Dueñas repeated this play at 92’, when he made his way into the box, closely marked, but again Orozco saved the shot and conceded a corner.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac (33 Julián Quiñones 84’), 13 Enner Valencia (9 Eduardo Vargas 78’), 15 Francisco Venegas, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (29 Jesús Dueñas 75’), 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones and 28 Luis Rodríguez.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

SANTOS: 1 Jonathan Orozco; 2 José Abella, 4 Jesús Ángulo, 5 Hugo Nervo, 7 Bryan Garnica (18 Eduar Preciado 63’), 9 Julio Furch, 10 Diego Valdes, 15 Brian Lozano (20 Hugo Rodríguez 70’), 21 Doria Matheus, 23 José Vázquez and 24 Marcelo Correa (11 Marlos Moreno 77’).

MGR.: SALVADOR REYES JR.

1-0 (14’) Enner Valencia finishes inside the box following a corner.

1-1 (43’) Julio Furch scores with a mid-range arcing shot.

2-1 (48’) Luis Quiñones crosses from the right and André-Pierre Gignac heads the ball in.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Francisco Venegas (30’).

SANTOS: José Abella (15’)

 

RED CARDS

TIGRES: None

SANTOS: Doria Matrheus (66’)

 

REFEREE: Erick Yair Miranda

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Pablo Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: José de Jesús Baños

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Oscar Mejía

A Decisive Win for Tigres in Aguascalientes

AGUASCALIENTES, February 1st.- Tigres Women are back on top of Group Two in the Women’s Liga MX, after a 4-1 away win over Necaxa on the sixth Match Day of the Clausura 2019 tournament.

This victory brings them to 13 points, in six games, with a goal difference of +11, positioning the team, for now, ahead of Atlas and Monterrey, their closest rivals.

 

FIRST HALF

From the very beginning, our team was visibly in control of the match, with ball possession and good overlapping, to the extent that, just six minutes in, Liliana Mercado opened the scoring with a shot from inside the box.

Necaxa Women began to advance sporadically, generating a few opportunities face-to-face with Vania Villalobos, our goalkeeper who is just 15 years old.

At minute 15, a long pass from Evelyn González seeking Belén Cruz went over the goal line, missing the chance to increase the score to two. Then, at 17’, Evelyn’s header was too high.

Our players were becoming increasingly alert and penetrating the box dangerously. At 25’, the goalkeeper saved a shot by Cristina Ferral that found Katty Martínez on the rebound, but her attempt was also intercepted by the netkeeper.

And just when Tigres was coming close to their second, a mistake by the defense ended in a goal by Necaxa, at 34’, when Nohelí Enriquez lobbed the ball over keeper Vania to make it 1-1 and give the home side hope.

However, Tigres was very soon back in control of the score, when, at 39’, Katty Martínez broke into the box in an individual play to defeat goalkeeper Rivera, making it 2-1.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, the match was still controlled by the same side, with Tigres Women dominating in possession against an opponent that barely made an effort to avoid a defeat, which they were ultimately unable to achieve.

At minute 50, Lizbeth Ovalle put the goalkeeper to the test again, with a shot that was on target but weak enough for Andrea Rivera to save. Rivera then managed to intercept yet another close shot by Ovalle at 53’.

Just seconds later, Ovalle’s persistence was finally rewarded, when she scored the third inside the box, putting our team on the path to victory.

Four minutes later, the fourth goal of the evening was scored by Evelyn González, who finished inside the box, assuring victory for our side.

 

LINEUPS

NECAXA WOMEN: 12 Andrea Rivera; 2 Daniela Ramírez, 4 Lucía Muñoz, 5 María Magaña (19 Paulina Pérez 58’), 6 Alejandra Zaragoza, 7 Emili Bautista, 8 Karen de León (10 Brenda García 55’), 9 Liliana Sánchez, 21 Andrea Villalobos, 25 Nohelí Enriquez and 29 Libeth Castro (22 Claudia Sánchez 83’).

MGR.: FABIOLA VARGAS

TIGRES WOMEN: 33 Vania Villalobos; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio (3 Jazmín Enrigue 46’), 7 Liliana Mercado (11 Nayeli Rangel 61’), 9 Evelyn González, 10 Katty Martínez, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral (5 Fernanda Elizondo 46’), 18 Belén Cruz, 22 Selene Cortés and 31 Natalia Miramontes.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

GOALS

0-1 (6’) Liliana Mercado scores with a shot from inside the box.

1-1 (34’) Nohelí Enriquez header in the goal area.

1-2 (39’) Katty Martínez breaks into the box in an individual play and scores.

1-3 (53’) Lizbeth Ovalle scores with a shot from inside the penalty area.

1-4 (57’) Evelyn González in a play inside the box.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN:  Vania Villalobos (70’)

NECAXA WOMEN:

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Lizett García

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Karen Díaz

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Carlos Aldrete

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Iván Velasco

Waiting for an Opportunity.- Venegas

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 31st.- Francisco Venegas is waiting for the opportunity to debut with the UANL Tigres, something he has been working on since joining the squad for this Clausura 2019 tournament.

“A higher standard benefits the team,” commented Venegas to the press. “We have to wait for the coaching staff’s decision. We work hard to earn a spot and if we are given the opportunity, well, that’s good,” he reiterated regarding the possibility of playing against Santos.

When a reporter asked him about the adaptation of his new teammate, Carlos Salcedo, he said that it’s going well and added that they need to get back on track to winning at home against Santos.

“He’s adapting quickly. We’re facing a difficult match (against Santos), playing at home, so we need to get back on track,” he indicated.

Some reporters asked him about whether or not he’ll be playing in his usual position, as a center-back. “What’s important is to play, regardless of the position,” he answered.

What do you think about being on a par with the team’s stars?

“Well, you have to train where you’re placed and do your best for the team. This has to do with the pace of the game, getting down to work during the week and whenever you can.”

What do you think of the rotations implemented by the coaching staff?

“Ultimately he (Ricardo Ferretti) is the one who makes the decisions. We are here to work hard and do our best, waiting for an opportunity, making ourselves noticed.”

There have been many movements on the left flank. Do you think that’s the weak point?

“I don’t know if it’s a weak point. If I’m put there, then I’ll do my best. Dueñas is a great player and we all need to work hard, something the team is committed to.”

Double competition, Liga and Concacaf…

“I said a few days ago that Concacaf is important and we’re all in good form, which is going to be important. Whether it’s the Liga or Concacaf, we’ll be competing to the best of our ability.”

Now is the time.- Julián

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 30th.- Although the tournament didn’t get off to a good start at home, for Julián Quiñones now is the time to get back on track and display the confidence required to earn three points in the Universitario Stadium.

“We didn’t start well at home, but now is the time, this is the match to display our confidence here at home and give our supporters the gift of three points,” claimed the Colombian forward, who started in Tigres’ youth team.

On the third day of the season, in their first home match, Tigres fell 1-0 to Cruz Azul, and now they will have the opportunity against Santos to come back with a victory in front of their fans, the Incomparable Ones.

Regarding the last match won in Toluca, Quiñones commented that it has been a shot in the arm to take the pressure off the squad.

“After last weekend’s victory, the team feels more relaxed, composed, because we really needed a win and now we’ll be playing Santos, a very difficult team that’s preparing to the full, correcting details, and we’ll be facing this Santos to start with a victory at home,” he said.

Difficult opponent…

“I think all the teams are difficult and we know that Santos has a very good squad, skillful players and very good forwards, so we’re working hard to be able to offset this and handle their style of play.”

How did the team feel about Martino’s visit?

“The group felt good about it. We were there to work and he came to see some of the players, so to speak. We were getting on with our job and concentrating on this weekend’s match. I think he talked to “Tuca” at the end, which doesn’t concern us. We’re facing a very difficult game this weekend and need to focus on that.”

Are there international players in the team?

“Yes, of course. Tigres has excellent Mexican players. They are working as hard as possible, hoping to be called up to the National Team. We all hope they do well. I always wish my teammates all the best; let’s hope they can have this opportunity.”

Salcedo is here to contribute…

“(Carlos) Salcedo is a fine footballer, he’s here to contribute to the team and his contribution will be fundamental. I think he’ll adapt to our style of play, just as we will get to know him.”

The Coaches decide…

“I can’t tell you anything about that. The ones who have the responsibility of choosing the 11 are the coaches. They know whether or not someone will play again. I always wish all my teammates the best, regardless of whether they’re on or off the pitch. I’ll always want the team to do well, because we’re a family and we’re all going in the same direction.”

Criticisms are normal…

“I think there will always be criticisms. Some people like the way we play and others don’t. In the same way, we assess ourselves, each one of us knows what we’re doing, we know where we have to improve. We need to take any criticism positively and be aware of our flaws.”

There’s room for improvement…

“We’re feeling great, particularly after last weekend’s win, and we’re aware that there’s room for improvement.”

We need to work on a few details.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 29th.- Even though he rates the victory against Toluca as excellent, manager Ricardo Ferretti commented that they need to work on a few details so as not to suffer as much as last Sunday.

“The victory gives us peace of mind, especially as we haven’t had a positive result on that pitch for ages, because Toluca has a very good team, good players. I think that the win is excellent, although there are a few details we need to work on so as not to suffer as much, since it wasn’t an easy win, we defended with everything we have, like true tigers,” he explained.

Regarding the criticisms of the way the team played and earned the three points, the manager, four-times champion with Tigres, said that they have the right to this sort of victories, just as the teams that visit the Universitario Stadium do.

“I’m not concerned. I think we have the right to that sort of victory just like others who have at times defeated us; it certainly doesn’t mean that we always have to win 4-0, 5-0, 3-0.

“That’s how we had to win and that’s what we did. There were criticisms and I criticize too, always looking to improve, but I feel that that’s how the circumstances were and we knew how to deal with them, because the three points are excellent.”

All teams are difficult…

“All teams are difficult, the issues we face when playing in our own stadium, we know the strategies handled by teas when they play us in our stadium.

“We know they’re coming to counterattack well, to set-piece situations. I’ve nothing against that. Everyone implements the strategy they think is best. We have to take care that the same doesn’t happen as against Cruz Azul.”

Presence of Tata Martino…

“I think it’s good and necessary that he’s coming here to talk to all of us. I’ve always said that Mexico is the is the number one team and if at any point he’s considering supporting us or needs anything from all 18 of us, then we should be at his disposal.

“The players he considers should be called up to the National Team to be with him, that’s fine by me, for as long as he wants, as often as he wants, that’s fine by me. He’ll have all my unconditional support. Regarding the other side of the game, he has a coaching staff, he has a capacity proven at the global level, so there’s nothing I can tell him. I don’t think so. If at any time we can help, then we’re at his disposal.”

Isn’t it a step backwards for Mexicans to come back from Europe? …

“I think that both things are positive, the players have gone there and have performed, but I don’t think it’s a step backwards for them to return to Mexico.

“Our Liga isn’t just any Liga, and that’s a fact. On the other hand, we do need to continue to produce more players who can go. What happens when a footballer leaves Mexico, goes to Europe? Well, he grows and when he returns, he can teach the others who are here. So, I think it’s very positive, nothing out of this world. What happened with our French player? He left the French league, came to Mexico and what happens to the Liga?”

Is there any rivalry regarding signings?…

“Personally, I can’t see any rivalry. I see what my team needs. Rayados can sign whoever they want. If they sign Messi, that’s fantastic, but it doesn’t mean that because they sign Messi I’m going to go out and sign Cristiano Ronaldo, because I don’t need him.

“Our work is based on short-, medium- and long-term plans, but they haven’t got anything to do with our neighbor. We’re not going to sign anyone because the neighbor’s doing it. I think it’s quite clear that in three drafts we didn’t feel the need for anyone and now a new player has arrived (Carlos Salcedo) because we’re considering him in the long term.”

Last-Minute Draw for Tigres Women

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 28.- In the very last play, just before the final whistle, Tigres Women missed their chance at winning the Monterrey Derby against Rayadas, drawing 1-1 in the Clausura 2019 tournament of the Women’s Liga MX.

Our players went ahead 1-0 in the first half and, in the very last play of the match, at minute 94, Rayadas had a chance with a free kick, breaking into the box where Mariana Cadena came forward to equalize. Katty Martínez had already opened the scoring beforehand.

 

FIRST HALF

The first half, particularly in the first few minutes, was intense, with both teams coming and going. Tigres Women dominated in possession, though it was the opponent who managed to generate opportunities.

At minute 13, Ofelia Solís came off her line to clear the ball, which found an opponent, who crossed to Daniela Solís, but, Cristina Ferral came forward to intercept her right-footed attempt on the line, saving her team.

Our players reacted almost immediately, since, at 21’, Jacqueline Ovalle’s shot from inside the box was blocked by the keeper, who conceded a corner.

A minute later, it was Nancy Antonio’s turn, with a shot from the right that the goalkeeper only just managed to clear for a corner.

Tigres Women’s persistence was rewarded at 24’, when Belén Cruz, down the center, crossed to Katty Martínez, who moved into the box and shot as the goalkeeper came off her line, bringing the score to 1-0.

Jubilation in the Universitario Stadium reached boiling point, while Ofelia Solís, our goalkeeper, blocked a shot, conceding a corner.

At that moment, we had the ball and were ahead on the scoreboard, insisting on attacking, but without losing focus against an opponent that refused to give up.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres continued with ball possession in the second half, waiting for the opponent to open up more since they needed to attack in order to equalize.

At minute 50, our ladies came close with a loose ball inside the box and, just as they were about to finish, the defense intervened.

Soon after, at 59’, Belén Cruz crossed into the box, but Jacqueline Ovalle’s header was intercepted by the goalkeeper.

Then, at 65’, a left-footed shot by Jacqueline Ovalle missed to the right. A second goal by our players was beginning to seem more likely than the equalizer.

Nevertheless, Rayadas was beginning to move forwards and put our goalkeeper to the test at both 60’ and 62’, though she managed to ward off any danger.

Time was gradually becoming Tigres Women’s ally, and, at 87’, they had a chance with a powerful shot by Ovalle, but it was off target.

Even towards the end, Blanca Solís broke away into the penalty area, but the keeper came off her line and intervened, putting an end to this opportunity.

But in the very last play, Dinora Garza passed into the box off a free kick, the defense is unable to clear the ball, so Mariana Cadena nudged in the equalizer.

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís, 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 9 Evelyn González, 10 Katty Martínez (19 Blanca Solís 69’), 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz, 22 Selene Cortés and 23 Paulina Solís (21 Jaquelín García 62’).

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

RAYADAS: 1 Claudia Lozoya; 2 Alexia Frías, 4 Rebecca Bernal, 7 Hilary García, 9 Mónica Monsivais, 16 Selena Castillo, 19 Mariana Cadena, 20 Daniela Solís (29 Gabriela Álvarez 46’), 25 Norali Armenta (18 Aylin Aviléz 77’), 26 Valeria Valdez and 27 Victoria López (10 Dinora Garza 46’).

MGR.: HÉCTOR BECERRA

 

GOALS

1-0 (24’) Belén Cruz crosses in the center to Katty Martínez, who moves forward and shoots as the goalkeeper comes off her line.

1-1 (94’) Mariana Cadena nudges in a ball the defense was unable to clear.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: Cristina Ferral (35’) and Nancy Antonio (93’)

RAYADAS: Dinora Garza (53’) and Hilary García (92’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Katia Itzel García

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Jessica Morales

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Damaris Jiménez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Héctor Pineda

“The Team Adapted as Necessary”.- JTN

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 28.- If the team won in Toluca, it was partly because they knew how to adapt as necessary, affirmed Jorge Torres Nilo, who reappeared in an official match after recovering from three successive injuries.

“The team knew how to determine the match’s circumstances. We adjusted and adapted to what was required and we created opportunities. The second half might not have been as spectacular as the first for the fans, but the result was positive, which is particularly significant on such a difficult pitch,” commented the famous Pechu.

Torres Nilo hadn’t played in an official match since day 12 last season, when he sustained the first injury, then he was injured again in a friendly game and finally during the pre-season stage.

Regarding this and his return, the left back reiterated that he feels fine and, in fact, better by the day.

“Better, thankfully, fine. The result was good, I’m feeling better every day, ready to contribute to the group  and the team, and having achieved an away win is brilliant,” he commented.

Time for a home win…

“Obviously, people here support us and also attend our away games. We truly want to make them happy match after match. Right now, what’s important is the game against Santos and giving people the joy they deserve.”

All ways are valid…

“I believe that every team, player, coach, director thinks about pleasing people with well-played matches and by winning, that’s what is best as, ultimately, people remember the victories.

“The need or desire to play well is there. We never go out to defend the result, to try to draw or do things that will give us a comfortable result. In this team, our priority is always to go out to play, to play well, since we know that this will increase the probabilities of achieving a victory. Each game’s requirements are different and, in the end, what’s most important, because we know that’s what the supporters care about most, is for the team to be a winner.”

Does the team play more with their heart?

“Sometimes it’s true that in the excitement of the match, our hearts take over, but it’s also true that the team has a winning mentality. We don’t always play how we’d hoped, but we always give our all on the pitch. Yes, the heart can be unreliable sometimes.”

About VAR

“In the end, football will always be a fine sport. Technology always helps, but it’s not a determining factor. After all, we are human and make mistakes, but we have to accept and defer to the authorities.”

Still dreaming of the National Team…

“That dream will always be there. Representing our country is a blessing. I’ve been in them all before, so whenever I have the chance to be on the pitch with Tigres, I hope to prove that I want to be there not only with them, but also with the National Team.”

Another Away Win: 1-0!

TOLUCA, January 27.- An arcing goal scored by Luis Quiñones just before the end of the first half gave the UANL Tigres a 1-0 victory over the Toluca Diablos Rojos, on the fourth day of the Clausura 2019 tournament.

At minute 43, Quiñones, assisted by Javier Aquino, who was back from an injury, shot from outside the box. The ball went into the upper-right corner of the net, hit the crossbar and bounced onto the turf inside the goal.

Tigres reaches seven points in the tournament, all of which have been earned in away games, with a win in Tijuana, a draw in León and today’s result in Toluca.

 

FIRST HALF

The first 45 minutes  were played from one end to the other, although Toluca had the edge in possession and in creating opportunities. Their first attempt at attacking Nahuel Guzmán’s goal came in the very first minute, but the shot was off target.

Our players responded swiftly when Aquino, at minute three, crossed from the left, forcing the defense to muster all their skills to clear the shot.

Eduardo Vargas had another chance three minutes later, with a mid-distance shot that was wide to the left. Tigres was beginning to put the pressure on their opponent’s goal.

Nahuel Guzmán pulled out all the stops at 12’ when Rodrigo Salinas broke into the box, forcing Patón (Nahuel Guzmán) to clear the ball, and then missing with his shot off the rebound.

Then, at 17’, Patón was put to the test yet again, brilliantly saving a header by Triverio that came close to opening the scoring.

Soon after, at 27’, Toluca gave another warning, when Santiago García’s header from inside the goal area went wide to the left. The Diablos were beginning to put the pressure on.

At 30’, Guido penetrated the box, in a one-two with Luis Quiñones, but the defense cleared the play to concede a corner. Toluca reacted at 37’, with a header inside the box by Luis Mendoza that Nahuel just managed to clear, giving away a corner.

Just when the pressure from the Diablos was at its height, Aquino came up along the left, broke through the defense and crossed to Luis Quiñones, who arced the shot into the net, scoring a goal that was validated by VAR.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, Toluca pushed their lines forward and the match became more of a duel between strategists. Ricardo Ferretti replaced Vargas with Jorge Torres Nilo to create a line of five, but on seeing the pressure exerted by the opponent, he decided to send Julián Quiñones and Jürgen Damm on to create opportunities along the flanks.

At 51’, the Diablos made their way into the box, though only to toy with Nahuel’s goal, since nobody managed to finish. Then, at 58’, Luis Mendoza stole from Carioca, but his shot went high over Nahuel Guzmán’s goal.

Toluca was beginning to put the pressure on with set plays, but Tigres’ defense steadfastly held their ground.

Nevertheless, at 74’ Gignac lowered a long pass from Luis Quiñones, controlled, but his shot went wide of Alfredo Talavera’s goal.

At 76’, Nahuel came into action again, saving an attempt by Gigliotti. Then, at 84’, Pardo’s shot was easily blocked by Nahuel, and, at 85’ Triverio had an opportunity, but wasn’t able to get past Tigres’ keeper either.

The opponent broke into the box over and over again determined to score, particularly when five minutes were added to the clock at 90’.

Toluca then put the pressure on Nahuel’s net, with a shot that went high at 91’ and, at 95’, Nahuel intercepted a ball that would have levelled the game.

 

LINEUPS

TOLUCA: 1 Alfredo Talavera; 2 Fernando Tobio, 3 Santiago García, 7 Luis Mendoza, 8 William Da Silva (20 Federico Mancuello 67’), 15 Antonio Ríos, 19 Felipe Pardo, 21 Enrique Triverio, 29 Rodrigo Salinas, 33 Jonatan Maidana and 289 Diego Abella (9 Emmanuel Gigliotti 46’).

MGR.: HERNAN CRISTANTE

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 9 Eduardo Vargas (6 Jorge Torres Nilo 64’), 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (33 Julián Quiñones 65’), 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones (25 Jürgen Damm 81’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1 (43’) Luis Quiñones arcs the ball into the corner of the net from outside the goal area.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TOLUCA: Antonio Ríos, (43’) and Felipe Pardo (46’).

TIGRES: Luis Quiñones (43’), Jesús Dueñas (46’), André Gignac (66’), Nahuel Guzmán (86’) and Luis Rodríguez (88’).

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Jorge Isaac Rojas

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Miguel A. Chua

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Marco Bisguerra

FOURTH OFFICIAL: León Barajas

Tigres Women Earn Three Points in the Laguna

TORREÓN | Thursday, January 24, 2019.- Tigres Women continued with their upward curve to reach nine points in the Women’s Liga MX, having achieved a 1-3 away victory over Santos Laguna that put them back at the top not only of Group 2, but also the General Table.

Now, it’s time to prepare for the Women’s Derby on Monday, January 28th, when, for the tenth time in their history, Tigres Women will be facing the Monterrey Rayadas, buoyed by an advantage of five wins, two losses and three draws.

The match in this double-fixture week saw the fiery felines come out onto the pitch to score just two minutes in. Belén Cruz added to her goal tally with a mid-distance, direct free kick that was very similar to the goal she scored in the previous match. The Acapulco-born player shot and put the ball into the net before even the goalkeeper could react.

Two minutes later, Fernanda Elizondo appeared and scored the second, after a fine counterattack led by Evelyn González with a cross that was finished by Fer. The pressure put on by Tigres at that moment was making things difficult for the hosts.

Unfortunately for Tigres Women, problems very soon arose, when, at minute 11, goalkeeper Alejandra Gutiérrez was injured and had to leave the field on a stretcher. She was replaced by Ángeles Martínez.

At minute 14, Santos welcomed the netkeeper from the penalty series in the Final against Rayadas with a goal by Yahaira Flores that narrowed the goal difference.

As of that moment, Tigres’ pace changed compared with the first few minutes and they struggled more towards the end of the first half, though scoring the third in stoppage time through Blanca Solís, who was back on track as a goal scorer after her previous goal on January 27, 2018.

After the break, the teams took turns at being in control and, although Tigres Women had the best chances in front of their opponent’s goal, neither side could find the back of the net.

Fer Elizondo, Blanca and Evelyn became Santos’ worst nightmare, with a couple of opportunities, though the crossbar and the goalkeeper prevented the goal difference from growing.

For this match, Jacqueline Ovalle and Liliana Mercado, as substitutes, were back from participating with the Major National Team, while Nayeli Rangel, Katty Martínez and Nancy Antonio stayed in Monterrey to continue preparing for the Derby.

SANTOS LAGUNA: Wendy Toledo; Melissa Sosa, Nancy Quiñones, Karyme Martínez, Brenda López, Brenda Guevara (Olga Trasviña 61’), Yahaira Flores, Cinthya Peraza (Isela Ojeda 45’), Katia Estrada, Sofía Ochoa (Alexxandra Ramírez 74’) and Linda Valdez

MGR.: Jorge Macías

TIGRES: Alejandra Gutiérrez (Ángeles Martínez 11’); Selene Cortés, Jazmín Enrigue, Greta Espinoza y Paulina Solís (Jacqueline Ovalle 65’); Cristina Ferral (Liliana Mercado 59’), Belén Cruz y Blanca Solís; Evelyn González, Jaquelín García and Fernanda Elizondo

MGR.: Ramón Villa Zevallos

Referee: Mario Alberto Loredo

Yellow cards: Blanca Solís (81’), Tigres

Forced to win.- Damm

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 24th.- Jürgen Damm didn’t beat about the bush, clearly affirming that the team is forced to win both at home and away, which is why a victory against Toluca this Sunday is vital.

“Aiming for the three points (against Toluca) is of utmost importance; this team is forced to win both at home and away. We know it won’t be easy, with the match at a difficult time, the heat, the field, new players, it won’t be easy. Our mission is to play a great match and achieve a positive result,” stated the Tigres winger.

Could the altitude be a negative factor?

“It could be a factor, but we’re physically fit, we’ve worked very well on strengthening exercises every day, son that can’t be an excuse,” he indicated.

The arrival of Carlos Salcedo…

“He’s a Mexico National Team player, he’s here as a voice of authority, a highly experienced player. Nobody is signed up as a starter here, we know he’s more than willing and has come to contribute his experience, which is fantastic for us. We’ll be making him feel at home and he already knows the majority of the team. All the other new players are extraordinary people, we’re a family.”

Did the defense need a voice of authority?

“There are highly experienced players, such as Guido, a hierarchy. It’s always positive and important for players like Salcedo to join the club. Every tournament has its unknowns; it’s always vital to have players of his stature.”

Fierce competition…

“That’s important so that the starter doesn’t rest on his laurels. The training sessions are extremely intense. If anyone slips up, there’s another teammate to take his place, but always as a family.”

About other teams having André Gignac’s number…

“The teams have great squads. Prioritizing or focusing on one player is beside the point, everyone does their bit. We might have failed to finish some plays, but we want to do things as well as possible.”

Possible visit by Martino, the National Team manager…

“He was going to come to the camps, that’s what I heard, to get to know  and talk to him. I participated in the last process. It will be important to know what he thinks and for us to prove on the pitch that we want to be there, to stand out.”

 

Back to Winning Ways: 2-1!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 21.- Tigres Women are back to winning ways in the Clausura 2019 of the Women’s Liga MX, after beating the Atlas Rojinegras 2-1 to claim the top spot of their group for now, with six points.

Belén Cruz took advantage of a mistake by the goalkeeper to put the ball in the net in the first half, and Evelyn González scored a superb goal in the second half, giving Tigres Women their second win of the season.

 

FIRST HALF

A difficult match was on display from the very start on the Universitario Stadium pitch, where Tigres Women had possession against an opponent that was constantly seeking a surprise attack.

In fact, just five minutes in, goalkeeper Alejandra Gutiérrez had to stretch herself to the limit to save our team’s goal, blocking a shot from a set-piece situation, then the defense intervened to put an end to this close opportunity.

Afterwards, at 16’, Paulina Solís’s header inside the box missed to the right, just centimeters from the net.

Ramón Villa Zeballos’ players continued to have ball possession, recovering quickly and advancing well with the ball.

At minute 20, Fernanda Elizondo came close with a mid-distance shot, then, at 22’, Blanca Solís’ attempt was off target and, at 24’, Jaquelín García had an opportunity in the air, but goalkeeper Ana Gaby Paz intercepted her shot.

Atlas had a good chance at 25’, when Ale Gutiérrez yet again had to give her all to prevent the fall of her goal, snatching the ball from an opponent’s feet.

The end-to-end game favored our players, who kept on trying over and over again, such as at 35’, when Belén Cruz’s shot was cleared, conceding a corner. In the next play, a header by Greta Espinoza went wide of the right post.

At 40’, Paulia Solís, inside the box, missed in front of a practically empty goal, to Atlas’ relief, but it was a different story at 42’, when nobody intercepted a long pass from inside the box by Belén Cruz that ended up in the back of the net. Our players were ahead 1-0.

 

SECOND HALF

The same pace continued in the second half, with one team more eager to score their second goal than the rival was to equalize.

Belén Cruz continued to look for opportunities along the right, while Paulina Solís constantly broke into the box with determination, while Atlas waited for any error, such as the one made by Jazmín Enrigue at 55’, who pushed an opponent, giving away a penalty.

A minute later, Fernanda Pérez wasted this opportunity with a powerful shot that was too high, allowing Tigres to avoid the equalizer.

Nevertheless, Atlas refused to surrender and kept up their attack of Ale Gutiérrez’s goal, winning corner kicks, such as at 62’ when Ale heroically intercepted a header.

Two minutes afterwards, a goal by Atlas was disallowed for offside, clearly showing that the opponent was going to persist in their attack.

At minute 76, Evelyn González took the edge off with a long-range shot that surprised Atlas’s netkeeper, making it 2-0 to give Tigres a more comfortable lead.

Five minutes afterwards, Atlas reacted and found what they had been looking for, when Fabiola Ibarra took a free kick outside the penalty area and lobbed the ball in to bring the opponent closer with a 2-1 score.

Tigres responded when Fernanda Elizondo came very close, but goalkeeper Ana Gaby Paz dived to prevent the goal.

Then, at 93’, Belén Cruz had a good chance to score her second of the evening, but smashed the ball into the crossbar off a long-range direct free kick.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 1 Alejandra Gutiérrez; 3 Jazmin Enrigue, 4 Greta Espinoza, 5 María Elizondo, 9 Evelyn González, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz, 19 Blanca Solís (24 Vanesa González 83’), 21 Jaquelín García, 22 Selene Cortés (16 Sonia Vázquez 88’) and 23 Paulina Solís (17 Natalia Villarreal 71’).

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS

ATLAS: 1 Ana Gaby Paz; 2 Karla García, 3 María Fernanda Pérez, 4 María Martínez (14 Maritza Maldonado 73’), 5 Alejandra Franco, 10 Ana Rodríguez, 11 Claudia Ibarra, 16 Mitzi Martínez, 21 Andrea Balderas (28 Ana Rosa García 50’), 26 Zellyka Arce and 30 Alison González.

MGR.: FERNANDO ZAMAYOA

 

GOALS

1-0 (42’) Belén Cruz’s long-range shot avoids interception and ends up in the back of the net.

2-0 (76’) Evelyn González surprises the goalkeeper with a long-distance shot and scores.

2-1 (81’) Fabiola Ibarra lobs the ball in off a direct free kick.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN:

ATLAS WOMEN: Zellika Arce (41’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Karen Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Rafael García

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Luis Osvaldo Ibarra

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mario Alberto Loredo

Tuca Discusses the Reason why they Noticed Salcedo

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 21st.- The reason why Tigres and manager Ricardo Ferretti noticed Carlos Salcedo is simply because of all his qualities he currently displays on and off the pitch.

“He’s an international footballer, a National Team player, a player who’s playing in Europe, he’s Mexican, too many qualities for me to mention,” said the four-times champion manager with the felines.

Nevertheless, despite all these qualities, Salcedo will have to fight for a place just like all his teammates, since nobody signs a contract as a starter or as a substitute.

“He’s a defender, he’ll arrive and have to fight for place just like everyone else who plays here. Nobody signs a contract as a starter or as a substitute, so he’s coming here to achieve inside this institution, inside this squad, well, his place,” the manager added.

He’s coming to make up for some shortcomings…

“The team’s shortcomings? I think that in the last tournament, we conceded many goals from setpiece situations.”

First things first before playing on Saturday…

“He has to complete the medical, he has to go through a process of adaptation, getting to know his teammates, so, once all this is done, as I said beforehand, if he earns the position, then that’s fine with me.”

He’s coming to Tigres because of the status of the institution …

“I think that it’s a result of things that have happened, from being a team that had problems with being relegated to becoming a team that has won several titles, that has fought and always seeks to fight for titles. I think that attracts the attention of any footballer, everyone wants to be a winner, obtain results, which is what I think Tigres has achieved over the past few years and, naturally, players are interested in coming to this institution.”

   Where would he play?

“Well, I’ll wait until I see him. I can’t say right now whether he’ll be on the right, on the left, up, down.”

You’ve never coached him…

“I’ve never coached him. I think, before I arrived, in 2011, there were circumstances that, I don’t know why, brought him to the Reserves. A player suddenly arrives, a promotor arrives and, actually, I know very little about the Reserves. I focus on the first team and when I need someone from the Reserves, I turn to Carlos Muñoz and Hugo Hernández to see the players I should use in the training sessions.”

 1-0 home defeat

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 19.- A penalty conceded in the first half brought the UANL Tigres to their first defeat of the Clausura 2019, losing 1-0 to the Cruz Azul Máquina Celeste.

Guido Pizarro commits a foul inside the box, forcing referee Fernando Guerrero to award a penalty, which was converted by Elías Hernández, meaning Tigres still has four points in the tournament so far.

FIRST HALF

The start of the match was intense, with a foul on Enner Valencia just two minutes in, and, a couple of minutes later, Nahuel Guzmán was forced to anticipate and cut off the Máquina’s attack. Tigres and Cruz Azul would both fight tooth and nail to avoid defeat.

At minute 11, our team, creating an option, came in from the right with a cutback pass to Valencia, but his shot was saved by Jesús Corona who conceded a corner.

Afterwards, it was André-Pierre Gignac who came very close with a header that went high.

At 19’, Luis Quiñones stole the ball on the left, broke into the box, but the defense intercepted his cross long before it could reach the goal.

A minute later, following a corner, it was Hugo Ayala’s turn, with a header in the box that was slightly too high. Tigres was creating opportunities and it seemed just a matter of time before they would achieve even more.

Determined to attack, Gignac, in an individual play with two cutbacks, attempted a shot, but missed to the right, silencing the cries of ‘goal’.

However, at minute 31, Guido Pizarro conceded a penalty, which was converted a minute later by Elías Hernández with a shot close to the right post, despite Nahuel’s valiant effort. The evening’s 0-1 score put us in a difficult position.

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tigres, forced to look for more, moved its lines forward, but had little success in overlapping. On the contrary, the opponent was coming dangerously close to Nahuel’s goal.

At 54’, Gignac attempted an individual play with a powerful shot that was slightly off target from Corona’s net.

The Máquina responded with a shot by Martín Cauteruccio that hit the crossbar, saving our side from conceding the second. Luis Rodríguez responded for Tigres with a shot that barely missed to the right.

Afterwards, at 59’, Jonathan Rodríguez put us on the edge of our seats again, with a shot in the box that was just wide of the left post.

Tuca then made his first substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Jürgen Damm, at minute 62, to make the most of Damm’s speed and support the defense on the left flank.

At 68, Enner Valencia took advantage of a mistake and broke away, closely marked, though in control of the ball, penetrated the box but the defense intercepted his cross, conceding a corner.

Soon after, Eduardo Vargas came onto the pitch, replacing Valencia, clearly showing that Tuca wanted to refresh the attack.

Vargas came close at minute 79 off a cutback from Damm inside the box, but his attempt was wide to the right.

Time was against Tigres, who suffered their first loss in the Clausura 2019, to remain on four points.

LINEUPS

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 13 Enner Valencia (9 Eduardo Vargas 74’), 19 Guido Pizarro, 21 Francisco Meza, 23 Jair Díaz, 26 Luis Quiñones (25 Jürgen Damm 62’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

CRUZ AZUL: 1 Jesús Corona; 2 Pablo Aguilar, 4 Julio Domínguez, 5 Igor Lichnovsky, 7 Martín Cauteruccio, 8 Javier Salas, 11 Elías Hernández (17 Edgar Méndez 65’), 13 Jonathan Rodríguez (31 Orbelín Pineda 73’), 16 Adrián Aldrete, 22 Rafael Baca and 25 Roberto Alvarado (27 José Madueña 87’).

GOALS

0-1 (32’) Penalty converted by Elías Hernández.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES: Guido Pizarro (23’).

CRUZ AZUL: Roberto Alvarado (43’), Igor Lichnovsky (80’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Fernando Guerrero

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Andrés Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jimmy Acosta

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Eduardo Galván

Total Concentration.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 17th.- Saturday’s match requires total concentration at all times, said Nahuel Guzmán, who today gave an atypical press conference, arriving dressed in a suit and tie, and showing, at the end of the same, that his clothes contrasted with the red shorts and trainers he was wearing.

“I imagine a game far beyond what the statistics say and a similar story to what happens when we play at home, which is why we need to be 100% concentrated and take care not to give away balls,” he explained.

Regarding their head-to-head history with the light-blues over the past few years, the goalkeeper commented that the games have been evenly-matched in every aspect.

“The games have been evenly matched. Thinking of the last few games, I can’t recall there being much of a difference at the football level or in the result,” he added.

“I think that really and particularly being at hone the game will be played usual, defensively, waiting for us to make a mistake, we’ll have to be careful about that,” he told the more than twenty journalists.

Take advantage of our attacking power…

“After trying to be aggressive when attacking, I think in that coming and going Cruz Azul proposes sometimes, where they have unbalancing players from the midfield forwards, we also have to take advantage of our attacking potential.”

A close-knit team…

“Today, we’re lucky enough to have a midfield who are familiar with each other, with a close-knit team and anyone who can fulfill that function. I say anyone because Tigres has two clear midfielders, who are Rafa and Guido, you can include Dueñas who’s more of an attacking player and, in that sense, we’ll try to take the initiative, try to keep it together in the midfield because we’re a team that when we lose the midfield, we suffer a bit more.”

Good luck to Martino, Manager of the Mexico National Team…

“First of all, I’m happy for him (Gerardo Martino), as a coach and as a person he’s very valuable, he’s left his mark everywhere he’s been and has known how to adapt to the players he’s been in charge of.

“The last club he was with was in Atlanta, where he could sign a team with specific requests, achieving incorporations.

“Whatever lies ahead for him, I wish him all the best. He’s a person I admire very much, both him and his coaching staff who I know, and I’m sure they will contribute a lot to the Mexico National Team. I hope he will be able to meet everyone’s expectations, his own and other people’s, so I humbly wish him the best of luck and, above all, every possible success.”

We’re happy with Enner.- Directors

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 17th.- Miguel Ángel Garza, president of the UANL Tigres, announced today that there are no offers for player Enner Valencia, so he is considered part of the team.

“Well, first of all, I haven’t seen a proposal on my desk about that and we consider Enner as part of the organization, and if he personally is looking for something, well, that’s fine, I hope he can bring an offer to the institution.

“As long as it’s good for us, good for the player, we’ll evaluate it, but I think the player is playing inside the institution and we’re happy with him,” he said.

                Neither Arabia nor any other place…

“No, unfortunately we haven’t received anything from there. There’s always been talk. I think there are teams in Arabia that are interested in him; six months ago they wanted to approach us, I don’t know whether directly or through their representative or other people, but in the end nothing concrete came of it.”

Registrations are about to close…

“We’re used to this situation (hearing that there are teams interested in our players). The fact that registration closes on the 31st, that’s how it is for us. It doesn’t upset us or worry us. Our plans stipulate that our registrations close on the 31st, for both leaving and arriving.”

Content with the squad…

“None of the players have approached the directors or the coaching staff to ask to leave or be accepted and we’re content with that. I think our plans since the last tournament were to keep the majority of the players to have a good competition and that’s Tigres’ strategy.”

Improve gradually…

“There was a huge fuss over the first match because we drew with León and the ways the club played and I think that we need to improve gradually. We can say that we played a good match against Tijuana. The club expects results and, as the tournament progresses, improvement in growth regarding sports aspects and the team’s solidity shown at the end of the tournament to qualify and do well in the Playoffs.”

        Liga and Concacaf…

“We’ve always said that we have to aim for both tournaments and when talking about both of them, at the same time it’s somewhat ambiguous. I feel that we mustn’t neglect the Liga, we should aim for the championship in the Liga, be in the top four places. I think being in the top four spots is a priority and what happened last year isn’t repeated, the two eliminations for being classified below fourth place, we were eliminated, and also go for the international tournament.”

 

Sights Set on the Opponent

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 16th.- Sights are set on Cruz Azul, was the simple summary by Colombian Julián Quiñones of this week’s work.

“The team feels fine, very confident, Saturday’s match helped us to get back on track and I think that winning the three points was crucial. Now the team’s sights are set on Cruz Azul, who are coming here to win, which is what we want too, starting off well at home and this is our opportunity to give our all. The team is very focused, very united and this is reflected on the pitch,” said Quiñones, who has seen action in two Liga games.

Take advantage of the chance to play…

“I think it’s fundamental, I’ve always trained to the maximum for any opportunity the coaching staff might give me. This happened on Saturday, fortunately my teammates gave me their full support and fortunately we achieved the result (against Tijuana) we all wanted.”

He gets on well with Luis, but this is about the group…

“I’ve always got on well with Luis (Quiñones), but this is about the group level. We all work well and it’s not a matter of one player or two players making a difference, it’s the whole team that’s coordinated in the best possible way and we’re on the right track.”

Healthy competition…

“I think the competition is very healthy. This team has great players and if a player isn’t feeling on top form, then I think we have enough players to play in the same position, because we all work in the same way, so that if one day we have an opportunity, we can prove ourselves on the pitch.”

Not worrying…

“We’re going to think about ourselves, we’re going to play our game with them, without worrying that they are coming here to find their first win of the season. We’ll be the doing the same as always, trying to play as well as possible and going out to earn three points at home.”

No team is easy…

“In the Liga MX, none of the teams are easy, they’re all difficult, all the matches are different. One day you play poorly, one day you play well, but ultimately all the teams are the same.”

Leve the past behind…

“What happened last season is behind us. Now we’re focusing on this new tournament, on redeeming ourselves for not achieving great things last season. It’s a new beginning and we’re going to try to give our all so that those things don’t happen again.”

Talking on the pitch…

“Always being on the pitch is key and showing what the team can do, not talking off the field.”

Tigres is great…

“We know that this team is great, we know the quality of the players we have and we don’t have to prove anything to anybody. We have to prove to ourselves that this team is the greatest, that’s all.”

Confident in Having a Good Tournament

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 15th.- In an interview with the media, Luis Rodríguez expressed his confidence in having a good Clausura 2019, after starting with four out of six possible points.

“We feel very confident in what we’re doing. I think it’s going to be a good tournament,” said Chaka, who has already been a champion with Tigres in 2017.

“Yes, we feel quite confident with the recent results, but every match is different and the next one is very difficult,” he added.

Criticisms are normal…

“We’re also exposed to that (criticism), but it doesn’t matter, it’s normal.”

Cruz Azul without Marcone…

“I don’t think there’ll be a drastic change. I’m sure Cruz Azul has players who can substitute, just like we do, so I think it will be just as difficult.”

Difference between the games against León and Tijuana…

“We’re working on that so we don’t vary so much from one match to another. We always try to maintain our assertiveness.”

Defensive vulnerability doesn’t exist when the team attacks… 

“The same as our attack, we’re always well positioned at the back, sometimes the wingers are there, but there’s always someone who keeps the defense in order. Nothing’s wrong, I don’t consider it a vulnerability.”

Strategy of the next opponent, Cruz Azul…

“Personally I think it will be the same (cautious). I think they’ll be checking out what our strategy is, but we’re prepared for whatever happens.”

Rating of the team so far in the tournament…

“It’s just getting started. I think it’s a bit too soon to say anything, but we’re very confident that we’ll make it to the Playoffs, which is our first goal.”

Support for Tuca about earning more than 26 points…

“Definitely. I think that the team has the capacity to always be in the top three places, and to be there, you always need to go the extra mile. Our first goal is to be there.”

Undefeated Streak Over for Tigres Women

LEÓN, January 14th.- Tigres Women were unable to take advantage of their opportunities and this, together with some defensive errors, put an end to their 25-match unbeaten streak, losing 2-1 to the León Esmeraldas in the Clausura 2019 tournament.

Our ladies were ahead 1-0 at minute eleven of the match, but two errors, the second at 90’, produced their first defeat in 25 games, leaving them with three points so far.

 

FIRST HALF

The match started evenly on the pitch, but our side gradually gained control and possession, penetrating from both flanks and seeking to block the opponent’s attacks.

At minute six, Evelyn González, on the left, crossed to Belén Cruz, but her left-footed shot went wide of the right-hand post.

Then, at 11’, in a direct free kick, Jacqueline Ovalle put the ball into the net inside the right-hand post, with a left-footed shot, giving Ramón Villa Zevallos’ players the advantage.

At minute 27, León attempted to react, with a mid-distance shot by Michelle González, but the ball was somewhat off target.

At that moment of the match, the hosts began to gain possession and, at 31’, Tigres lost a ball as they came out form the back and Nancy Antonio was forced to advance rapidly to save her goal, which was being threatened by González.

Then, at 33’, Natalia Miramontes was overcome on the left flank, allowing Diana García to overlap and cross, but, although the ball was passed around the box, nobody finished.

Tigres endeavored to shake off the pressure with long balls, such as at 41’, when Lizbeth Ovalle broke away, but the defense intervened inside the box in a play that called for a penalty, which was denied by the referee who awarded a goal kick.

 

SECOND HALF

The second half started with the hosts determined to attack, when, at 46’, Ángeles Martínez had to intervene to prevent the fall of her goal and then, at 49’, Yamile Franco’s header missed tom the left.

Later, at 58’, Jackie Ovalle yet again came close to scoring with another long-range direct free kick that sought the upper right corner of the net, but León’s goalkeeper deflected the ball, conceding a corner.

Evelyn González, at 63’, attempted a shot from the right that went over the net, but clearly proved that Tigres Women wanted the second.

León attempted to attack with long balls, waiting for their opponent to make a mistake so they could break through to the net and equalize.

Ovalle persisted at minute 68, when in a switch of sides, she controlled along the left, but her shot was saved in two moves by the goalkeeper.

But a minute afterwards, Belén Cruz made a mistake in the penalty area, moving out from the back and losing the ball Perla Navarrete, whose mid-distance shot went into an empty net to equalize 1-1.

Fernanda Elizondo came close for our side at minute 79, but her shot was too high, just centimeters from the cries of ‘goal’ and then, at 86’, the goalkeeper blocked her shot in two moves.

Then, the unthinkable happened at 90’, when Ángeles Martínez put the ball inside the box with a corner kick and Selene Valera took advantage to bring the score to 2-1, putting an end to the extraordinary 25-match unbeaten streak.

 

LINEUPS

LEÓN: 1 Gabriela Herrera; 2 Claudia Anguiano, 3 Nataly Cárdenas, 4 Selene Valera, 5 Jeniffer Salazar, 8 Michelle González, 10 Diana García (14 Leticia Vázquez 83’), 23 Tania García (25 Dariana Rubio 70’), 11 Yamile Franco, 20 Perla Navarrete and 24 Denisse Valdez (6 Joselyn de la Rosa 89’).

MGR.: EVERALDO BEGINES

TIGRES WOMEN: 29 María Martínez; 3 Jazmin Enrigue, 22 Selene Cortés, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 11 Nayeli Rangel (5 Fernanda Elizondo 62’), 14 Jacqueline Ovalle, 18 Belén Cruz, 31 Natalia Miramontes, 9 Evelyn González (19 Blanca Solís 73’) and 10 Katty Martínez (24 Vanessa González 87’).

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS

 

GOALS

0-1 (11’) Jacqueline Ovalle in a direct free kick outside the box.

1-1 (69’) Perla Navarrete intercepts a ball and shoots into an empty goal.

2-1  Following a corner, Selene Valera takes advantage of a loose ball inside the box.

 

YELLOW CARDS

LEÓN WOMEN : Michelle González (75’)

TIGRES WOMEN: None

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Lucila Venegas

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Enedina Caudillo

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Damaris Jiménez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ramón Guerrero

Tuca Aims Even Higher

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 14th.- Ricardo Ferretti clearly stated today that 26 points won’t be enough to qualify to the Playoffs, so the team needs to aim to surpass that figure.

Tigres qualified to the finals last season with 29 points and Tuca commented that with only 26, they might not have even made it to the Playoffs.

“Twenty-six points is a natural point that might give you the possibility of qualifying to the Playoffs, but nobody aims for 26, we all aim for the maximum number. Three points are in play in each match and that’s what we want. Sometimes it happens and others it doesn’t. But nobody thinks about qualifying with 26. Last season we wouldn’t have qualified with 26. From 26 up – our squad has the capacity to think about more than 26 points,” the manager said.

Regarding the team’s performance at the start if the tournament, Ferretti commented that the team did improve, not only at the group level, but also individually.

“We improved from one match to another and, of course, each player’s improvement changes the results.

“The result is reflected in the positive aspects. The performance against León was mediocre and we improved to good against Tijuana and, as I always say, drawing is mediocre and winning is good. I think we performed well and deserved the win.”

Will Tigres vs Cruz Azul be one of the best matches of the day?

“I don’t think so. For me, it’s just another match like any other. The only one that’s different is the one against Monterrey. The others deserve respect, so they’re not more or less than the other opponents.”

How can a locker room like Tigres’ be managed?

“I don’t think the situation is any different. We’ve been together for years. Some of the players who were here when I arrived in 2010 are in the squad and the ones who arrive adapt and learn our way of doing things. The locker room is about human relations, while the pitch is highly demanding. Nobody’s made of stone, we all have feelings, we all have a heart and these relations exist outside the pitch, but on the field, I’m equally demanding with everyone and so are they.”

In the model to structure Tigres, do you think the club set the standard for others to do the same?

“I don’t know whether we were that or not. For example, the others have always spent a large amount of money, América, Cruz Azul, Monterrey, in particular. The investments made by my directors have been well calculated.

“Neither 17 nor 20 million dollars, the figures managed right now are a lot lower. I don’ think we have any players who were bought for more than ten million. Years go by and prices rise. In this day and age, Mexican footballers have reached a price nobody would ever have imagined.

“People talk about 15-17 million all too easily and we try to do our job without worrying whether we’re this or that for others. The directive since I arrived here with Don Lorenzo (Zambrano), may he rest in peace, was to improve the institution’s situation regarding the relegation issue, which had been going on for two years. At the instructions of Don Lorenzo, “el ingeniero” (Alejandro Rodríguez) and with Miguel (Ángel Garza) we got down to work and fortunately things improved. We achieved important things, but, every day, every year, our objective is to continue to improve and fulfill all our goals, qualifying to the Playoffs, winning championships and pleasing the people who always support us.”

Most of the players are classified as starters

“Everyone wants to play, most of them are classified as starters, 18 or 20 players, but we can only send on 11 and I know perfectly well that the starting 11 will always be fine, confident, while the other seven on the bench might not be happy and the others will always be angry.

“I’ve always said that the opportunity they have to make me change my mind is on the pitch, there’s no chance off the field. Coming here to speak to you and say that’s not how it is just gives you the foundation to talk about something that’s completely normal in every team. Of course, there’s disgruntlement, of course there’s anger, but it doesn’t bother me. I have to send on eleven and I’m going to send on the eleven I think will be the best option for the team. I don’t have to be fair with anyone, with any player, I just have to be fair with the team.”

There’s no possibility of Javier Aquino and Lucas Zelarayán playing against Cruz Azul…

“No, there’s no possibility of taking Javier Aquino, Lucas (Zelarayán) into consideration. The others are training as usual; it’s only Lucas and Aquino who can’t be taken into consideration for the next match.”

A Commanding Victory: 3-0!

TIJUANA, January 12th.- The UANL Tigres made it quite clear that they are more serious than ever in the Clausura 2019, thrashing the Tijuana Xolos 3-0 in away game and remaining undefeated in the Liga MX.

With an own goal by Luis Fuentes, and goals by André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas, Ricardo Ferretti’s players reached four points to position themselves in the top group of the general table.

 

FIRST HALF

During the first 45 minutes , it seemed that either side could score, since both teams had opportunities in the box. However, the level of precision and effectiveness of their attack led to a nil-nil score at half time.

Tigres, who attacked more than last week, had a chance with Julián Quiñones at minute 21, but his attempt went high, drawing a cry of disappointment from the stands.

Not long after, it was André-Pierre Gignac’s turn when, assisted by Guido Pizarro with a cross, his right-footed shot missed to the right.

Just two minutes went by when a shot by an unmarked Luis Quiñones, from an onside position inside the box, went over the crossbar, putting an end to this goal opportunity for our side.

The hosts put the Incomparable Ones on the edge of their seats three times, but none of these attempts were on target in Nahuel Guzmán’s goal.

 

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tuca responded by sending Jesús Dueñas to replace Jair Díaz on the left to fortify recovery and control.

Julián Quiñones came close at 48’, with a header inside the box, but the defense, intervened on the line and conceded a corner. In the very next play, Guido Pizarro’s mid-range shot went wide of the right post.

Tigres was beginning to put the pressure on more, particularly along the flanks, where Dueñas and Luis Quiñones on the left and Julián on the right with Chaka Rodríguez, were creating excellent opportunities, even in corner kicks.

At minute 59, precisely in a corner kick, our side put the pressure on, resulting in Luis Fuentes pushing the ball into his own net, making it 1-0 in favor of Tuca Ferretti’s players.

At 69’, Julián missed the second goal unbelievably, when Enner Valencia came in from the left, shook off a defender and crossed towards Julián and Gignac, but the Colombian’s attempt was blocked on the line by the defense.

Soon after, at minute 74, Gignac, along the left flank, broke through in an individual play, crossed at an angle to make it 2-0 and put our team on track for a victory.

Tuca then made his second substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Jürgen Damm, and later took Gignac off to give Eduardo Vargas an opportunity, thus maintaining the team’s strong attack.

This strategy bore fruit at minute 86, when, following a corner, the defense cleared a ball that then found Vargas, whose powerful shot from outside the box put the finishing touch to the evening’s landslide for Tigres.

There was a chance for a fourth in stoppage time, but the right post intercepted Vargas’ shot, putting an end to this final option of the match.

 

LINEUPS

TIJUANA: 25 Manuel Lajud; 2 Julián Velázquez, 3 Luis Fuentes, 7 Diego González, 8 José Rivero, 9 Juan Lucero, 15 Diego Rodríguez (20 Jesús Angiulo 78’), 16 Diego Briaghieri, 19 Erick Torres (14 Joe Corona 56’), 23 Miler Bolaños and 24 Luis Chávez (11 Eryc Castillo 65’).

MGR.: OSCAR PAREJA

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac (9 Eduardo Vargas 81’), 13 Enner Valencia, 19 Guido Pizarro, 21 Francisco Meza, 23 Jair Díaz (29 Jesús Dueñas 46’), 26 Luis Quiñones (25 Jürgen Damm 78’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 33 Julián Quiñones.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1 (59’) Following a corner, Luis Fuentes puts the ball into his own net.

0-2 (74’) André-Pierre Gignac, in an individual play, breaks through, crosses at an angle and scores.

0-3 (86′) Edu Vargas scores from outside the box.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIJUANA: Julián Velázquez (30’) y Diego González (54’)

TIGRES: Jair Díaz (39’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Oscar Macías Romo

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Israel Valenciano

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Eduardo Acosta

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Guillermo Pacheco

They Have Every Right to Make Demands.- JTN

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 10th.- The fans have every right to make demands, since Tigres is a demanding institution, affirmed defender Jorge Torres Nilo, who joined in the group work this week after coming back from an injury.

“We’re in a demanding institution, the fans have every right to make demands and want the team to win. The only formula is to work and, since we’re professionals, that’s what we do every day,” commented the defender who was with Tigres when they were champions in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Regarding his injury, an MCL sprain in his right leg, Torres Nilo indicated that it’s in the past, but he needs to improve his pace, which he is regaining by playing inter-squad games with the substitute team.

“I need to improve my pace, but hopefully and with hard work, I’ll be 100% ready to compete for a spot,” he explained.

Perspective of the team…

“It looks good to me. Each match is different, the goal is to qualify. With the tie in the last match, I’m sure we’ll improve, there are things that need correcting, we’re doing our best to reach the level our fans are calling for.”

About his return…

“A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time. I’ve felt better, I just need to regain my pace. There’s no perfect time to say such and such a date. I’m giving my all, doing everything to be ready as soon as possible, apart from what I do here. It requires patience. No player likes to be injured. I’m dealing with my recovery intelligently.”

Internal competition…

“I’m sure I’ll soon reach the level I want and, once I do, Tuca will make the decision, which we’ll support knowing that there are rules that have to be obeyed. I think Jair (Díaz) looks good and has a fine future ahead of him. Outside the rule, the competition is with him. I’m sure he has the capacity, which is good for me and for the team.”

Criticisms of Tuca…

“The criticisms aren’t for Tuca, but for all of us. They have every right to make demands. Tuca’s not on his own, he conducts the orchestra, but it’s about all of us. We know this is demanding and that’s what we’re working for, to make sure they have confidence in Tuca and in all of us.”

Internal atmosphere…

“We’re in an institution with important people, professionals, everyone wants to play. We’ve known each other for years, so rather than being prepared for an opportunity, it’s about knowing where we are and working towards our goal. We all want to be there, but ultimately the decision isn’t taken lightly. We all get on with each other, so there’s no need to speculate as we’re a family.”

 

 

We are the ones who set the bar high.- Pizarro

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 9th.- The people’s and the fans’ demands are understandable for Guido Pizarro, who points out that the team set the bar high by reaching so many finals over the past few years.

“It’s understandable, with the high bar we’ve set for ourselves, all those years as champions and we’ve always been on top, with a squad that deserves to be there. We’re aware of that and are trying to focus on working hard.

“The only thing we have faith in is work and trusting that the way we have been doing things over the past few years has produced positive results. It’s understandable that the fans want us to win every match, so do we, and that’s our objective,” reiterated the Argentinian footballer.

Room for improvement…

“The team is fully aware that we drew our first match as visitors against a side that played well, knowing that there’s room for improvement, but working hard, taking care of all the details that need to be perfected so as to improve day by day.”

Many people were surprised that you played with three defensive midfielders…

“You need to ask him (Tuca) that. He will know the answer, he’s got the expertise to know who the right players are for each game. Then, we  need to be ready, when it’s our turn, to do the best for the team, and with this attitude we’ll gradually improve so that we can all see the Tigres we want.”

Is that Tigres a long way away?

“Yes, it’s also a long way away from the level we want and must show. We’ve just had one fixture and we know we need to improve and this will easily be solved if we play well at the weekend. I’m sure there will be good things to talk about. We take things one day at a time, with our feet firmly on the ground, aware that there’s a great deal of room for improvement.”

The ways of becoming the protagonists…

“I think our goal is the same every season. We talk about the same things. You say that we get our act together in the last fixtures, but, actually, our goal, from one fixture to another, is to improve and achieve results. I think that this weekend, we need to try to play better, win, take it day by day, knowing that we have a great squad, and that we need to be up to standard and improve.”

Why do you find it hard to earn points in the first matches?

“I don’t know. I believe we’re focusing on results and I hope we can give people some victories as soon as possible, that’s our objective.”

Is this the most difficult time in the team’s Golden Age?

“No, I think we’re also generating something that makes my answer, no. Apart from the fact that we need to improve, I don’t think the situation’s that drastic. We played against a rival who had an interesting proposal.

“However, if we win and play better this weekend, you will say that the crisis is over. When we perform poorly, we can’t say the level is low, or when we win every game, that the level is high. I think we need to find a point in the middle, keeping in mind on the pitch that we must do better.”

Competition in the midfield…

“In football, there’s competition in every position. We need to be prepared to deliver and, above all, be ready and willing for the group, respect the coach’s decisions, regardless of whether he chooses one teammate or another, everyone with the same mindset and then we’re on the right track.”

 

Focusing on the Current Opponent

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 7th.- Since this weekend’s opponent is the Tijuana Xolos, the squad trained this morning on the club’s synthetic field located in the La Cueva, Zuazua, facilities.

As soon as last Saturday’s match against León had finished, the team were called to start training at La Cueva, specifically on the synthetic turf field, which mirrors the pitch in the Xolos’ Caliente Stadium.

Physical training started on this field with different exercise stations, keeping the Day Two match in mind. On finishing, the group was divided into four teams of six to play football on the smaller area of this field of play.

There were goals galore with the dynamism and intensity produced by the small space and the synthetic turf.

Hugo Hernández, together with Juninho, who has joined the squad to learn the profession from the sidelines, were in charge of the work, while manager Ricardo Ferretti observed the training session outside the pitch.

 

Aquino will be inactive for ten days

On Saturday, Javier Aquino injured a muscle in his right leg, and today’s imaging studies showed that he has a grade-one hamstring strain that will leave him inactive for 10 days.

As a result, Aquino won’t be traveling to Tijuana this weekend, but will be focusing on recovering instead, hoping to be available for day three against Cruz Azul.

Jorge Torres Nilo, who has been injured three times in two months, joined in the group work, having just recovered from an MCL sprain in his right leg. Before that, he had sustained a right-knee contusion and, in October, muscle fatigue in his right calf.

Meanwhile, Lucas Zelarayán is continuing his recovery process after a grade-two right quadriceps tear, with a prognosis of another two weeks’ recovery time.

 

We need to do better.- Tuca  

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 7th.- Without being over drastic, Ricardo Ferretti commented that they need to do better than their performance last Saturday, which is possible owing to the quality of the squad.

“We always show respect for the opponent, which is what they deserve at all times and, naturally, we need to prepare the team this week to improve on our performance against León, which I didn’t think was anything drastic, but there were details that need improving and I think we can achieve this given the quality of my players.”

Are there anymore new players coming?

“No”, he answered categorically.

How do you interpret these criticisms at the start of the tournament?

“Normal.”

Juninho’s presence…

“Junior left, he’s very capable and of course he’s not part of my coaching team. He’s looking for the possibility in the future of perhaps being a manager. He’s asked for help, allowing him to observe and, of course, it is important for us to support him in this important process.”

Unconditional support for the new Mexico National Team manager…

“I would like to congratulate Yon (de Luisa) and Memo (Cantú) who obviously made an excellent choice. I think it’s spot on, since he is extremely well qualified to lead the National Team. I wish him every success and hope that we will all be supporting our National Team. I’m here for anything he might need. I think he’ll have a fine coaching staff that will lead the team where we all hope they will go. I wish him all the best and offer my unconditional support.”

 

Colossal Start for Tigres Women: 7-1!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 7th.- Tigres Women achieved an extraordinary start to the Clausura 2019 Tournament this evening, defeating Querétaro 7-1, with Lizbeth Ovalle contributing a brace.

 

FIRST HALF

The start to the match met expectations, with our players putting the pressure on the visitors’ net, while Querétaro did their best to sit deep with a double line of five in their own area.

At 5’, Lizbeth Ovalle came close with a cutback, but was blocked in a second play. Then, at 7’, the defense intercepted Nayeli Rangel’s shot, conceding a corner.

Querétaro gave the over 5 thousand Incomparable Ones (the fans) present in the Universitario Stadium a fright, when Sofía Álvarez intercepted a ball and penetrated the box alone, but her shot, thankfully for our side, missed to the left.

A minute later, Carolina Jaramillo’s mid-range shot went over the crossbar.

Then, at minute 23, Jacqueline Ovalle took advantage of a defensive clearance outside the box, crossed and put the ball inside the right post, opening the scoring to 1-0, to the delight of the spectators in the stands.

A few minutes afterwards, at 29’, a corner taken by Liliana Mercado reached the far post where Nayeli Rangel headed the ball in, making it 2-0, auguring a good evening for Tigres Women.

On top of this, a minute later, Nayeli Rangel won a ball at the back, crossed to Katty Martínez, who put the ball into the empty net, bringing the score to 3-0 and orchestrating a landslide.

 

SECOND HALF

The pace was very similar in the second half, with our players clearly dominating the ball and the match, attacking the visitors’ goal from both flanks.

At minute 54, they made it quite clear that they wanted more, when, following a corner, Jazmin Enrigue slid in to score the fourth and begin to put the finishing touch to the first landslide of the Clausura 2019.

Tigres Women continued to attack, seeking the fifth, which Belén Cruz came close to realizing at minute 60, but her shot, face-to-face with the goalkeeper, missed to the right.

Querétaro gave glimpses of danger, gradually beginning to overlap, until they were able to counterattack at 71’, when Sandy Cruzado received the ball at her feet, broke in through the center and crossed as the goalkeeper came off her line to shorten the distance.

However, two minutes later, our side brought order back for the Tigres Women cause, when, in a direct free kick, Liliana Mercado delivered a superb, powerful goal, making it 5-1 and triggering jubilation in the stadium.

Tigres Women continued to attack and, at the 77th minute, achieved the sixth, when, assisted by Evelyn González, Lizbeth Ovalle came face-to-face with the goal and her powerful shot brought the score to 6-1.

Towards the end, a foul on Katty Martínez earned Tigres a penalty, which was converted at 90’ by Vanessa González, bringing the final score to 7-1.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 1 Alejandra Gutiérrez; 3 Jazmin Enrigue, 4 Greta Espinoza (30 Mariana Elizondo 46’), 7 Liliana Mercado, 8 Carolina Jaramillo (9 Evelyn González 65’), 10 Katty Martínez, 11 Nayeli Rangel, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 18 Belén Cruz (24 Vanessa González 72’), 22 Selene Cortés and 31 Natalia Miramontes.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

QUERÉTARO: 1 Paulina Romero; 3 Tamara Romero, 6 Karen Espinoza (28 Paola Urbieta 80’), 11 Daniela Vázquez, 12 Melissa Arredondo (10 Elisa Espino 72’), 16 Lorena Rangel, 18 Alejandra Tapia, 21 Daniela Auza (5 Rebeca Villuendas 62’), 22 Sofía Álvarez, 24 Sandy Cruzado and 30 Karen Hernández.

MGR.: ALBERTO ARELLANO

 

GOALS

1-0 (23’) Mid-range shot by Lizbeth Ovalle inside the right-hand post.

2-0 (29’) Corner from the left to the far post where Nayeli Rangel headed the ball in.

3-0 (30’) Nayeli Rangel won a ball at the back and crossed to Katty Martínez, who shoots into an empty goal.

4-0 (54’) Jazmin Enrigue scores inside the box, following a corner.

4-1 (71’) Sandy Cruzado comes up from the center and scores as the goalkeeper comes off her line.

5-1 (73’) Liliana Mercado, in a direct free kick, puts a powerful shot into the back of the net.

6-1 (77’) Lizbeth Ovalle scores with a powerful shot from inside the box.

7-1 (90’) Vanessa González scores with a penalty to the right of the goalkeeper.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN:  Jazmin Enrigue (81’)

QUERÉTARO WOMEN: None

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Ana Cristina Alfaro

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Yudila Carolina Briones

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Betsua Atalia Cortez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Julián Alejandro Duarte

Gignac rescues a 2-2 draw for Tigres 

LEÓN, GUANAJUATO.- Saturday, January 5th, 2019.- In the very last minute, French player André-Pierre Gignac rescued a 2-2 draw for the UANL Tigres against León, at the start of the Liga MX Clausura 2019 tournament.

Javier Aquino opened the scoring very early on, Walter González equalized and, in the second half, at 90’, Yairo Moreno scored a goal that had to be reviewed by VAR. Just when it seemed as though all was lost, Gignac converted a penalty at 94’, after receiving a foul.

FIRST HALF

The Liga did not start as expected for our side, who had possession, but was found it difficult to advance towards the opponent’s net.

Nevertheless, at minute five, they put themselves ahead in the scoring, when Javier Aquino made his way through on the left and scored with a long-range shot that left goalkeeper Cota helpless.

The jubilation of the Incomparable Ones (the fans) was short-lived, since, at minute 11, in a series of rebounds inside Nahuel Guzmán’s area, Walter González advanced to score the equalizer, marking the start of an unsettling night for our players.

This was particularly true at minute 23, when an injured Aquino had to leave the pitch, to be replaced by Jürgen Damm, who got off to a somewhat hesitant start, but gradually settled into the left flank to generate opportunities.

At minute 40, Damm broke away along the left, crossed to the far post where Chaka Rodríguez passed to Jesús Dueñas, whose shot was only just saved by León’s goalkeeper.

SECOND HALF

After the break, Tigres came out with greater determination, at least in the first few minutes, during which, at 48’, Chaka Rodríguez came in from the right, crossed, but nobody was there to finish. Damm tried to reach the ball, but the opportunity fizzled out.

Then, at 49’, Rafael de Souza controlled on the outskirts of the box, only to have his shot blocked by the netkeeper.

At 62’, Tuca made his second substitution, replacing Luis Quiñones with Julián Quiñones, enabling the team to attack more along the right flans, although the opponent persisted with long passes.

A header by Quiñones inside the box missed to the left, at 71’, then, at 76’, the Colombian crossed on the line, but a defender cleared the ball, conceding a corner.

León came close at minute 79, with a header from inside the box by Miguel Herrera, that went wide of Nahuel’s left post. The match could still go either way at Nou Camp.

Damm had the clearest opportunity of the match, when Gignac passed the ball to Jürgen, who defeated his marker and then the goalkeeper, but his shot went wide to the left.

León scored towards the end of the game, although their goal had to be reviewed by VAR, but Yairo Moreno’s header from inside the box stood as a goal.

Just when it seemed we would go home with a defeat, the referee awarded Gignac a penalty at 92’, which was converted by the French footballer at 94’ to wrap up the 2-2 draw.

 

LINEUPS

LEÓN: 30 Rodolfo Cota; 4 Andrés Mosquera, 5 Fernando Navarro, 6 William Tesillo, 9 Walter González (19 José Price 65’), 10 Luis Montes, 11 Yairo Moreno, 12 Iván Rodríguez, 14 Rubens Sambueza, 18 Pedro Aquino (22 Miguel Herrera 74’) and 24 Osvaldo Rodríguez (13 Ángel Mena 44’).

MGR.: IGNACIO AMBRIZ

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán; 4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino (25 Jürgen Damm 23’), 21 Francisco Meza, 23 Jair Díaz, 26 Luis Quiñones (33 Julián Quiñones 62’), 28 Luis Rodríguez and 29 Jesús Dueñas.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

0-1   (5’) Javier Aquino scores with a long-range shot.

1-1 (11’) Walter González scores from the right inside the box.

2-1 (90’) Yairo Moreno header from inside the box.

2-2 (94’) Penalty converted by André-Pierre Gignac from the left.

 

YELLOW CARDS

LEÓN: Walter González (38’), Rubens Sambueza (86’) and Andrés Mosquera (94’)

TIGRES: Guido Pizarro (57’) and Jürgen Damm (86’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Fernando Hernández

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Alejandro Ayala

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Jorge Dávila

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jonathan Hernández

 

No excuses.- Quiñones

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, January 3rd.- There should be no excuses surrounding the team’s fight for titles, affirmed Luis Quiñones at midday, having returned to the squad after being on loan to the Lobos BUAP and Toluca.

“The players here have given the team many titles, an important base has been maintained, so there’s no excuse for not going all out to fight for titles,” the Colombian forward declared.

In his first interaction with the Media since his return, the footballer said he was excited to be back and eager to do his best from the very first day.

“Happy, excited to be here again, eager to do well and hopefully start in the best possible way on Saturday.

“Throughout (last) year, important things were achieved and now a new chapter is starting. I feel a great sense of responsibility and I’m eager to do the best I can. I’m feeling very confident, I’m fit and my teammates and the coaching staff all support me,” he explained.

Regarding his position in Tigres, as a right winger, Quiñones pointed out that he has already played in that position in several teams, so it’s not a problem.

How are you now you are back?

“I’m more mature. I learned a lot last year and during the tournaments in Toluca, which has given me the confidence for this new challenge.”

Are you confident about playing numerous minutes in this tournament?

“It’s difficult for a player (not having minutes), I always want to play, I’m always prepared for that. I have to come to work and do things properly, so that the day I’m chosen to play, I will be able to lend my teammates a hand.”

What do you think about the feeling that the team hasn’t reinforced itself for this tournament?

“People and the Media are used to the institution bringing in well-known players and this time it hasn’t. All of us here know that we have to be in the top spots and work hard to do things right.”

Everyone is capable of starting…

“That’s what the preparatory games are for (defining the starters). The Profe (Ferretti) has a huge roster. Everyone is capable of starting and we all hope to be selected. There’s a system in place, everyone is willing and everyone is capable of playing.”

Importance of internal competition…

“Competition is always important. They are teammates who always make a difference, helping to raise the standard for the day you play, so you will always be ready to get things right.”

Resolutions for 2019…

“To do things right, win a championship, always play a key, consistent role, have a positive mindset and hope that everything will go well.”

Pres-season full steam ahead

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 26th.- Preparation for the Clausura 2019 Tournament is so intense that Guido Pizarro even scored a superb goal from the midfield, a play manager Ricardo Ferretti (known as Tuca) deemed to be the finishing touch to the day’s training session.

This preseason has been intense, powerful, with double sessions some days, leaving nothing to improvisation and football tactics as the constant, and resting only on the 24th and 25th for the Christmas holiday.

As of today, the squad will be working for 11 days running until the start of the Liga, when they will be visiting León on Saturday, January 5th. Double sessions recommence this Thursday with training starting at 9:00 in Zuazua and at 17:00 hours in the Universitario Stadium.

The common denominator of this phase has been aerial work, the team’s Achilles’ heel during the last tournament, where Tigres conceded more goals than usual in a season.

Tuca has insisted on working on recovery and overlapping, emphasizing plays on the flanks and goal shots.

Jürgen Damm and Lucas Zelarayán, who were both injured in the last tournament, the former with a muscular trauma and the latter with a broken right foot, have now started working at the same pace as the rest of the team.

In fact, today they played with the reserves in the inter-squad game, where Pizarro, seeing that the goalkeeper had come off his line, did not hesitate to shoot from behind the half-way line, scoring a superb goal with which Tuca put an end to the day’s training session.

Tigres will be working at La Cueva in Zuazua and the Stadium over the next few days and, this Sunday, are playing their only preparatory match against Veracruz. Confirmation of whether or not it will be behind closed doors is pending.

 

Luis and Venegas participating

This tournament’s reinforcements, Luis Quiñones, who is back after being on loan to Lobos and Toluca, and Francisco Venegas, from the Chilean league, have been participating 100% in the training sessions.

Quiñones has been included as a starter in some of the inter-squad games, together with Enner Valencia and Julián Quiñones, while Venegas has been a key factor in the reserve side, mainly as a left winger.

Looking for More Minutes

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA. For Jair Díaz, member of the UANL Tigres academy, the idea for this coming tournament is to accumulate minutes for the Minors Rule and obtain experience in the team’s defense.

During these training sessions, the young player has been used as a left winger, with the starting team, considering that the club has to comply with the rule that gives playing time to young footballers.

“It’s an amazing challenge. I’m working very a lot, very hard, to meet expectations and help the team in every way possible. Right now it’s with the rule which consists of minutes of play, so I need to work even more to be at the level of a team like Tigres. Actually, I feel on good form and am very comfortable with the team, ready to face this season,” Díaz said.

Regarding the preseason work, Jair was positive, indicating that they work on every aspect especially set pieces.

“Right now, we are focusing on the aspects that had room for improvement last season. The team is united, very compact, looking good for the start of this season.

“We’re emphasizing this (set-piece situations), working hard on this area to improve on last season’s performance,” he added.

Has Tuca said anything to you about the trust he has in you?

“He hasn’t spoken to me, but he has given me the opportunity to be in the starting team so far.”

There will always be competition …

“There will always be competition. There are first-rate players here, which is good and encourages everyone to make progress and internal competition helps us all to improve for the good of the team.”

“Right now, we will be participating in two tournaments, which will allow everyone to participate and show what they can do.”

Positive about having the pre-season…

“Right now, we started beforehand (in the pre-season) so we can concentrate on the less positive aspects and, actually, everything has been going very well so far.”

It helps to be with so many stars…

“It’s great to be in a team with so many stars, with such experienced players. It’s really a great help for us as young footballers… personally, I hope to consolidate my position in the First Division and what could be better than starting this season, playing the greatest number of minutes possible, which is my challenge for this season.”

With the capacity to be playing…

“I feel that I have the capacity to be on the pitch. I’m working very hard to improve as much as possible to be on top form for the start of the season. I feel confident, I feel I’m at the right level to be playing this season.”

 

Tigres Women Reinforced

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, N. L. | Friday, December 21, 2018.- Tigres Women are working nonstop and already have their first reinforcement for the Clausura 2019 tournament. She is midfielder Jaquelín García Cruz, who today signed as a new member of the felines today.

Jaquelín will be experiencing her fourth Women’s Liga MX tournament. In the first year, she played with the Pachuca Tuzas and then with the León Esmeraldas for the past six months.

At almost 21 years of age, she already has experience in the National Team, having participated in the U-19 World Cup Costa Rica 2014, alongside teammates Belén Cruz and Natalia Villarreal, who are currently playing with Tigres Women, and with whom she shared some call-ups to the U-20 process.

The player has joined the team to reinforce the midfield and performs well on both flanks. She is eager to give her all and fight for a place in the starting eleven.

“Tigres is more than a team, they’re so united,” were the words of praise she believes the current feline squad deserve and with whom she is certain she will be able to compete for the second Liga MX Women’s star.

 

Name: Jaquelín García Cruz

Position: Midfielder

Place of birth: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán

Height: 1.63 m.

Weight: 52 Kg.

Career: Pachuca Tuzas 2017-2018, León 2018

U-20 World Cup Costa Rica 2014

 

Stats in Women’s Liga MX 

Nomenclature: GP.- Games Played; MP.- Minutes Played; GS.- Games as Starter; G.- Goals; OG.- Own Goals; YC.- Yellow Cards; RC.- Red Cards

 

Leave the past behind.- Quiñones

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 20th.- The idea is quite clear for Julián Quiñones: put what happened in the last tournament behind and go all out for the Clausura 2019, as he explained during the post-training press conference.

“Let’s leave what happened in the last tournament in the past, the failure. Right now, we need to focus on correcting things, knowing where we went wrong last season and going all out with zero errors,” determined the practically homemade Colombian.

He talked about the importance of earning points as visitors, especially since they will be playing nine away matches in the coming tournament; in fact the first two Liga matches will be played away.

“Earning points as visitors is always important, because we know we’re strong at home and we’re also always ready for whatever might happen, for both home and away games, so we’re focusing on that and on correcting numerous aspects,” he said.

Today, during the inter-squad, manager Ricardo Ferretti sent the team out to do the relevant work, looking at variations from the midfield forward, where. for a while, he placed Luis and Julián Quiñones, together with Enner Valencia.

At other times he sent on André Gignac and Eduardo Vargas, and in both cases the  team scored.

Julián also clearly proved that he has fully recovered from the injury that prevented him from playing at the end of the last tournament.

“I recovered very well and now my objective is to play more minutes this season, win a starting position, prove my capacity and, like every player, dream about the title,” he added.

Minutes played…

“The truth is that I was very excited about the number of minutes I had (last season). I worked really hard and always gave 100% to earn minutes and the coach’s trust so that he’d turn around to look at the bench and see me and know that he had a possibility for the field of play.”

They’re aiming for all the tournaments…

“Tigres always aims for all the tournaments in which they compete, we always have a large squad for both tournaments and everyone plays them more than willingly.”

The mistakes they made…

“In the last tournament, we didn’t do well in set-piece tactics, so we’re correcting that right now. We’re working every day on the free kicks that caused us so much trouble to try to correct that. We’ll be more careful in this area ad won’t let this happen again this season.”

About the arrival of his fellow countryman, Luis Quiñones…

“Luis is truly an excellent footballer, with an impressive dynamic and we’ll gain a lot  with him on the pitch. He has precision, plays well at the goal-line and can feint, he’s an excellent player – there’s no doubt about that.”

About Jarlan Barrera’s possible arrival…

“Any player who comes to this institution will be treated as a member of our family because they’ve come to contribute, to participate, to give their best so this team can grow and be successful.”

Miguel Garza reports on Jarlan Barrera

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 19.- Miguel Ángel Garza, UANL Tigres president, spoke about the process being followed in relation to hiring the Colombian footballer, Jarlan Barrera.

“They (the player’s representatives) came to hand in the official documents signed between them and the player, and it’s being dealt with in here in the offices,” he said when approached by the press outside the Universitario Stadium.

When does the player have to report for duty?

“We were informed that his contract with Junior (Barranquilla) terminates on December 31st, so we’re going to wait. They will be in Colombia next week to see what’s going on there.”

Have you had any contact or communication with Rosario Central? (This question refers to the Argentinian club’s alleged interest in Jarlan Barrera.)

“No, it seems as though there was some contact and they received a message about the player’s signing and they’ll be discussing that directly with the (Argentinian)Club.”

Have you spoken to the player?

“No, actually, we’ll be waiting until he completes his contract with Junior. His representative can contact us, in accordance with the contract, and we’ll wait until next week.”

There’s a letter written by the player saying that he felt he was being harassed by Club Tigres’ representatives. Has this been discussed with Jarlan’s people?

“Personally, I haven’t seen a letter, but I know there are other people close to him involved, as well as others who have an interest in this matter, which is normal in football, but, well, we’re going to carry on with the process as usual with his representatives, who brought us the letters, the documents that have been signed, and just continue with the normal process.”

In the event that the player doesn’t want to come, will you withdraw from the negotiations?

“I think that would be a second step. The only step, the first one, is that his representatives have to come next week, which is what they agreed upon in the interview. They arrived in Mexico from Italy and from here they are traveling to Colombia to wrap up this situation.”

 

Regarding Enner Valencia…

“He’s training. Hopefully, they (the teams that want him) will do their bit to address this case. I think the team is complete and he’s training here.”

Is there a strong possibility that he’ll be leaving Tigres?

“Once more, if there’s an option for any player, which is good for him or for us, well, we’ll sit down and talk.”

  Have you had any formal offers for Valencia?

“Not formal offers, but they have asked about the player.”

 

I don’t want to leave Tigres.- Zelarayán

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December. 19th– Both personally and professionally, Lucas Zelarayán is experiencing one of the best moments in his life right now, so he made it quite clear that he doesn’t want to leave the UANL Tigres.

During the press conference, the midfielder was optimistic about his recovery from the injury that prevented him from finishing the Apertura 2018 Tournament.

“I’ve heard, read a lot. There are many suppositions and my name’s often heard. What’s most upsetting is when they say that I want to go or I want to leave or I want playing time, even when I was lucky enough to play as a starter in every match during this tournament until I was injured, these are things that have been said without knowing anything about it.

“The only thing I want to say is that I am very contented here at Tigres. I think I’m very happy at the moment, in my private life as well, with my family. It’s one of the best moments in my life and I’m experiencing it at this club that I have truly come to be very fond of. So, I’m just fine here and I want to make it quite clear that I’m looking forward to the start of the tournament and to having a good year with Tigres.”

About the injury he sustained in the last third of the tournament, he commented that he feels much better and is nearly ready to rejoin the group.

“It’s much better now. I joined the group yesterday, but I’m still working with the Profe to get back in shape physically and, God willing, by the end of this week I’ll be completely ready and very happy to get back to work.

“The injury was a particularly hard blow for me, because I had been doing well. It was very upsetting, but I always focused on recovering. At one point, I felt very frustrated, and I didn’t look after the injury properly, which is why I think it took me a bit longer to recover. However, that’s all over now. I’m much better and will join in with the others by the end of this week,” he said.

Would it be unfair not to continue as a starter after your injury?

“Well, it wouldn’t be unfair, because it was me who was injured, and another teammate had the chance to play. In this squad, as I have always said, you have to be on top form and those who do play have to try to do their best in this first-rate squad.

“One goes out and another comes in, and you can’t say that the one who left plays better than the other one. That’s something this team has. The coaching staff and training sessions are very demanding. I have to push myself and try to get back my place on the team and wherever I play, try to contribute to the group and that’s what I want to do.”

Is the team confident that they will have a better tournament with a pre-season, something that they hadn’t had for while since they were always in the Finals?

“Over the past few years, we had been champions in December, which shortened our preparation time for the following tournament. But, this time, our preparation period has been longer, which I think will benefit us and I hope we’ll have a good start to the tournament. We’re eager to come back this year after two difficult eliminations in Quarter Finals. We want more, to be a team that fights to the very end again, and that’s what we’re preparing for mentally right now. We’re pushing ourselves to the limit and hopefully we’ll get off to a better start.”

Have you renewed your contract with Tigres or what is its status?

“There’s still another year to go with my contract, which ends in December 2019”.

But, have you sat down to discuss your renewal?

“Discussions are always ongoing, but since there’s a year left, we haven’t sat down to define this matter. However, I’ve always shown how happy I am with the Club, I feel fine here and all I’m concentrating on is playing and performing well for the team.”

Bad luck about the injury…

“I think that I was the one who felt most comfortable in this tournament. There’s always a period of adaptation to a team, to the game, to what the team and coaches demand. I think it’s a shame I had the bad luck to be injured, but I was feeling on top form and think I’d been doing well showing what I could contribute to Tigres. However, I’m set on getting back to how I was at the start of the tournament, before this injury, and obviously we all want to prove what we can do and hopefully I’ll be able to achieve this next year.”

There used to be a wide difference over the rest of the teams, but this didn’t happen in 2018…

“I think that América, Cruz Azul and several teams have been well reinforced. I don’t know it there was a wide difference. I think we’re doing things very well and football is every day, every tournament. You win, you lose, and we’d had the fortune to be champions several years running.

“This year we won the champions of champions, the Champions Cup in Toronto. We’re always fighting for the top spots, but things have become more evenly matched. Other teams are doing well, which strengthens the Liga and the country in general, so it’s positive and increases competition, and makes us, as players, and the Liga in general grow.”

 

Longing for a rematch.- Nahuel

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 11th.- The longing for a rematch is intact, so the hunger for having a better tournament in 2019 is real, affirmed Nahuel Guzmán, who acknowledged that the team has been inconsistent.

“We’re talking about the feeling we have after not reaching a Final as though it were about making flour, making dough… I think that Tigres’ history shows that not reaching the Final is the exception. We’ve been used to competing in a Final over the past few years, getting right to the end and, well, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, because you’re not the best or you made some mistakes.

“I’d like to be quite clear that we are committed to fighting, to reaching the final, but it’s not easy, it’s not something that happens every day. We’ve gone right to the end in both national and international tournaments, and it’s not easy. We’ve kept our expectations high, participating in tournament after tournament seeking this and we’ve achieved it as far as humanly possible, but we are longing for a rematch, to go all the way again, which is what’s great about this game. I insist, it isn’t easy, so we’ll have to prove our hunger for a rematch in the upcoming tournament,” explained the Argentinian goalkeeper.

The Concacaf and Liga will soon be here. Is the challenge even greater?

“The challenge is always the same. I think the president, the coach has said this. The objectives are quite clear: first it’s to qualify to the Playoff phase and then fight for the championship. The institution has stated it like this and the team with everything it achieved and sought has also shown that it wants to play a leading role tournament after tournament. The commitment is always the same and, well, this is football, sometimes a team is left out by one goal, sometimes you’re not the best team in the championship and, well, in this case, we’ll be starting a new tournament understanding that, beyond everything achieved in 2018, we have to go all out for a championship and play an even better role than in these last two tournaments.”

How would you evaluate Tigres’ participation in 2018?

I think we were a team that had a hard time remaining consistent. We had some good matches, some matches in which, unlike other years, we conceded a number of goals. We’re not used to conceding three goals in a match and in this tournament, there were two or three games when this happened, so there were inconsistencies in the group’s performance, group mistakes, that leave you without any points, when with one or two points more you end up in third place and that generates a whole other expectation. There were teams that collectively were better and, well, some of them have reached the final.”

 

About Juninho’s departure…

“Well, we’d already talked to him about that (his departure). I think he has given Tigres’ people a career, a fantastic experience, with renown in the squad, towards the institution, with titles, with successes, objectives accomplished as well. I think Tigres must be very grateful, the institution and the supporters, the fanbase. I think he is satisfied as well and happy with his successful career. This isn’t goodbye, but rather a sort of symbolic farewell because we know he’ll be nearby.”

 

Pizarro Aims High for Liga and Concacaf

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 12th.- Guido Pizarro was quite frank today with the media, stating that he is ready to aim high once more in both the Liga and the Concacaf Tournament.

The midfielder also declared that the group of players have to deliver results and prepare as well as possible.

“We’re aware that we have to prepare as well as possible, knowing that we need to improve for the coming season, with its very important competitions, where we need to deliver results and be on top form.”

Tigres will be starting the Clausura 2019 Tournament the first week of January, then, at the end of February, playing in the Concacaf Last Sixteen and, if they win, will qualify to next year’s Club World Cup.

 

How to you all feel about 2018?

“Dissatisfied, because our goal was to be champions, but, well, we know we need to improve, to be focused. There are things that need perfecting, looking to the upcoming tournament. We’re aware, as I said, that we have to improve and go into both tournaments, as we always do, with the goal of being champions.”

 

What is the post-Juninho atmosphere like?

“Well, actually, there are mixed feelings, because we need to respect his decision. He’ll be sorely missed; he’s a person with strong values, whose moral contributions have been enormous inside the group. So, we need to try to make up for his absence, continue to do things for the group, since he always prioritized the group over the individual, which is a mindset we need to follow.”

 

Given the squad, the team should continue to be important…

“Yes, of course. We have a squad that is capable of winning titles in any championship, so we’ll carry on doing what we do best.”

 

Concacaf is a challenge, something the club has left pending…

“We know it’s a competition we’re yet to win. We’ve come close so often, so, as I said, we need to prepare as well as possible, aim high in each tournament, including the Concacaf.”

 

How does it feel to be in the pre-season right now after being used to competing in the final around this time?

“We need to look hard at our reality and work on it. We didn’t reach our goal last season or achieve the institution’s and group’s objective. However, knowing this and appreciating what we have, we’re aware that we need to improve for the next tournaments.”

 

Tigres Fans Set World Record

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, December 17, 2018.- Tigres Women fans are simply spectacular.  In the history of the Women’s Liga, three of the five games with the highest attendances at the global level were played in the Universitario Stadium.

The Second Leg of the Final, played on Saturday, December 15, between Tigres Women and América Women, drew a crowd of 41,121 spectators, surpassing the two previous games against Rayados, including the First Leg of the Local Derby Final.

The highest attendance at the global level was in the Second Leg of the Clausura 2018 Final on May 4, with 51,211 fans, in which Tigres Women won their first Liga title in their hometown rival’s stadium.

Interestingly, the top ten attendances worldwide include five matches played by the feline team, three as the home side and two as visitors.

TOP 10 GLOBAL ATTENDANCE WOMEN’S SOCCER

 

Back to basics.- Chaka

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 17th.- With regard to the start of the Clausura 2019 Tournament, Luis Rodríguez believes that it will be best to get back to basics in their work and game, which is what has given them so many championships.

Chaka, as he is known, explained that training has been very intense, describing the double sessions as short, but very precise practices.

“We need to get back to basics, which is what has given us so many championships, and begin to play in a more compact way,” he said.

Regarding the players who have left, such as Juninho, who retired, and Ismael Sosa, who transferred to the Pachuca Tuzos, he said he will miss them, but there are enough members of the squad to take their place.

“They are players (Juninho and Sosa) who will be missed, but there is a great deal of competition from many others who were here at the same time as them; competition is always fierce here, though I hope it doesn’t affect us.”

Regarding objectives…

“First to qualify and then to play in the Finals, in every tournament.”

Why did the team stop playing the way they did when they were champions?

“I think it has a lot to do with the opponent. Our squad has been together for a long time and now they know us better.”

A good year for him…

“First of all, I hope to be injury-free and I think that by training every day, I will be able to stay in the National Team.”

How the team feels…

“Those of us who are here see not reaching the final rounds of the Playoffs as a failure, since the squad we have is capable of that and more.”

Was it a matter of attitude or a problem on the pitch?

“We are all very professional and direct. It was more a matter of what the opponents were doing. It’s always so frustrating when we know we could have done more, so we’re working on that during this pre-season, learning from our mistakes and making sure it doesn’t happen again.”

How much will the defense be affected by Juninho’s absence?

“We have players for that position, such as Hugo (Ayala), (Francisco) Meza, young footballers from the Under-20. I’m not worried about his absence. Of course, we’ll miss him, but I’m confident with the payers we have here.”

We Came So Close

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 15th.- Tigres Women gave their all and were in control, but in the end, they became runners up in the Women’s Liga MX, having lost in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 in regular time.

Our players arrived at the Universitario Stadium with the possibility of becoming two-times champions of Mexican women’s soccer, but Nayelli Rangel, Carolina Jaramillo and Belén Cruz missed their shots from the penalty spots.

In regular time, with the aggregate at 3-2, Liliana Mercado equalized with a penalty.

 

FIRST HALF

The match got off to an even start, but little by title our girls began to dominate in possession, rotating the ball and surpassing the opponent in the attack, though lacking decisiveness in finishing plays.

Karen Luna penetrated the box at minute 11, but was disarmed. Then, at 18’, Belén Cruz was unable to reach a cross from Carolina Jaramillo, putting an end to this goal opportunity.

The opponent refused to pull back, but they didn’t take the initiative either, although, at 24’, our netkeeper Alejandra Gutiérrez intercepted with both hands a powerful shot by Zulma Hernández who had managed to shake off our defenders.

Later on, América’s goalkeeper prevented the fall of her goal when, at 28’, she saved a shot that came very close.

It looked as though it were just a matter of time, since our side certainly deserved more. In fact, at 34’, Lizbeth Ovalle managed to cross, but Katty Martínez was too far away.

The evening then became complicated, since Karen Luna received a hard blow to the leg, forcing her to leave the field at 38’, with Natalia Villarreal coming on to take her place.

This in no way diminished the idea of going all out for a goal, which Katty Martínez almost achieved at 42’, with a shot that ended up as a corner. In the very next play, Nayeli Rangel came very close with a header that was barely wide to the left.

Just when it seemed they would go into the break with a goalless draw, Diana González scored in stoppage time with a shot from inside the box, following a corner. This brought the score to 1-0, which was met with a deafening silence, although it was sure to strengthen our efforts in the second half.

 

SECOND HALF

Tigres Women started the second half with the clear objective of attacking more and seeking the goal without so many complications, something they attempted at 49’, when Katty Martínez smashed her shot into the crossbar from inside the box.

Ovalle appeared with an individual play on the right, crossing to Belén Cruz, but the ball went high at minute 52.

Time was becoming our ladies’ foe. Even though they still had the initiative and control, they were unable to generate any good opportunities.

At minute 69, Nayeli Rangel smashed the ball into the crossbar, Greta Espinoza caught the ball on the rebound, but was brought down inside the box and awarded a penalty.

At minute 71, Liliana Mercado brought the Universitario Stadium to its feet when she converted a penalty to bring the Final to a 1-1 draw.

Ramón Villa Zevallos then decided to make his second substitution, sending World Cup player Alisson González on to replace Katty Martínez, clearly seeking to strengthen the attack.

Belén Cruz came close to turning the score around when, at minute 80, she penetrated the box, but América’s goalkeeper blocked her shot.

The referee denied our side a penalty, despite a clear handball by Zulma Hernández, just when Tigres Women were putting the pressure on the opponent’s goal.

Time was up and the match was decided with a penalty shootout El.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: Alejandra Gutiérrez; Greta Espinoza, Nancy Antonio, Liliana Mercado, Carolina Jaramillo, Katty Martínez (Alison González 78’), Nayeli Rangel, Karen Luna (Natalia Villarreal 38’), Lizbeth Ovalle, Belén Cruz and Selene Cortés.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS

AMÉRICA WOMEN: Cecilia Santiago; Marylin Díaz, Ana Lozada, Mónica Rodríguez, Jana Gutiérrez, Esmeralda Verdugo, Zulma Hernández, Diana González (Marcela Valera 81’), Lucero Cuevas, Daniela Espinoza (Vannya García 93’) and Betsy Cuevas (Citlali Hernández 78’).

MGR.: LEONARDO CUÉLLAR

 

GOALS

0-1 (45+1) Following a corner, Diana González shoots inside the goal area and scores.

1-1 (71’) Penalty converted by Liliana Mercado to the goalkeeper’s left.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: Greta Espinoza (10’) and Nancy Antonio (52’)

AMÉRICA WOMEN: Jana Gutiérrez (26’), Daniela Espinoza (35’) and Marcela Valera (84’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

REFEREE: Quetzalli Alvarado

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Mayra Mora

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Sandra Ramírez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Katia García

Tigres Women Close to Two-Times Champions… They’re in the Final!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December 3.- Tigres Women have done it for the second consecutive tournament, winning a spot in the Final of  the Women’s Liga MX after defeating the Guadalajara Chivas 4-2 (5-3 aggregate).

As a result, Tigres Women will be competing against América for the Apertura 2018 title on Friday in the Azteca Stadium and on Monday, December 10, in the Universitario.

 

FIRST HALF

Our players got off to an impressive start, with possession and overlapping, to the extent that just three minutes into the match, Jaqueline Ovalle came very close to scoring, but her shot was blocked by Chivas’ goalkeeper.

Guadalajara reacted a minute later, when Alejandra Gutiérrez conceded a corner after a breakaway by the opponent, and then Brenda Viramontes’ header went just wide of the left post.

Tigres was beginning to be dominated in possession, but soon settled down at minute 15, when, off a direct free kick, Liliana Mercado opened the scoring with a low, powerful shot into the center of the goal.

Then, at minute 23, Katty Martínez’s cross was wide to the left, just centimeters from scoring.

It seemed to be our team’s moment, but, at 30’, Susan Vejarano appeared and headed the ball in over Ale Gutiérrez, making it 1-1, a score that still favored Tigres Women, who just two minutes later made it 2-1, when Belén Cruz crossed from the right and Jacqueline Ovalle headed the ball into the back of the net.

Guadalajara wasn’t about to give up, knowing that one more goal would give them the chance to be in the Final and, at 39’, equalized in a cross from the right by Norma Duarte who put the ball inside the far post to make it 2-2.

The outcome was starting to look negative for our side, so, at minute 41, Cristina Ferral, following a corner,  hit the crossbar and Greta Espinoza scored off the rebound, making it 3-2.

 

SECOND HALF

The pace remained the same in the second half, with an explosive Tigres Women, since, at 46’, Katty Martínez’s shot went over the crossbar.

Then, at 49’, it was Belén Cruz who gave Chivas a scare with a direct free kick on the edge of the box, although her attempt was too high.

At minute 57, Katty Martínez came close again, controlling a ball inside the box, but her shot was intercepted by a defender, conceding a corner. In the very next play, Carolina Jaramillo’s attempt sought the right post.

The evening got even better for our players at minute 74, when Chivas was left one woman down after Priscila Padilla was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.

Katty Martínez was determined to score the fourth goal that would put them at ease and, at minute 79, her shot from outside the box missed to the right. Afterwards, Belén Cruz received in the goal area, but the goalkeeper was one step ahead.

The last few minutes were spent looking for the fourth, but Guadalajara, with nothing to lose, persisted in counterattacking.

However, our side generated more opportunities, such as, at 88’, when Katty Martínez’s soft, precise shot was on target but found the goalkeeper’s hands.

Then, at 90’, Katty Martínez pressed forward in an individual play inside the box, but the defense intercepted her shot, conceding a corner. In the very next play, Carolina Jaramillo put the ball in by the far post, bringing the score to 4-2, giving us a ticket to the Final for the second consecutive tournament.

 

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: Alejandra Gutiérrez; Greta Espinoza, Nancy Antonio, Liliana Mercado (Fernanda Elizondo 81’), Evelyn González (Carolina Jaramillo 46’), Katty Martínez, Karen Luna, Lizbeth Ovalle, Cristina Ferral, Belén Cruz and Selene Cortés.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS

GUADALAJARA: Blanca María Felix; Guadalupe Sánchez, Arlett Tovar, Yazmín Álvarez (Tania Morales 60’), Susan Bejarano (Daniela Pulido 77’), Brenda Viramontes, Norma Duarte, María Sánchez, Miriam Castillo (Guadalupe Velázquez 89’), Priscila Padilla and Kristal Soto.

MGR.: LUIS FERNANDO CAMACHO

 

GOALS

1-0   (15’) Liliana Mercado scores from a direct free kick into the center of the net.

1-1 (30’) Susan Vejarano heads the ball in over the goalkeeper.

2-1 (32’) Belén Cruz crosses from the right, where Jacqueline Ovalle scores with a header.

2-2 (39’) Norma Duarte puts the ball inside the far post with a cross from the right.

3-2 (41’) Cross from the right following a corner, Cristina Ferral hits the crossbar and Greta Espinoza scores off the rebound.

4-2 (91’) Carolina Jaramillo shoots to the far post and scores.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: Jaqueline Ovalle (11’) and Selene Cortés (73’)

GUADALAJARA: Priscila Padilla (47’)

 

RED CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: None

GUADALAJARA: Priscila Padilla (74’)

 

REFEREE: Quetzalli Alvarado

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Mayra Mora

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Sandra Ramírez

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mario Loredo

Tigres Eliminated from Playoffs

MEXICO CITY, December 2nd.- Aerial play once more became an issue for the UANL Tigres, resulting in their elimination from the Apertura 2018 Playoffs, with a 3-1 loss (4-3 aggregate) against the UNAM Pumas.

All the goals were scored in the second half, after our team played an excellent first half.

 

FIRST HALF

In the first 45 minutes, Ricardo Ferretti’s men displayed ball control, with fieldwide rotation and the creation of more goal opportunities than the opponent, who didn’t seem to be in a hurry.

Just three minutes into the match, Eduardo Vargas escaped along the right flank, penetrating the box to shoot with a cross that forced goalkeeper Saldívar to stretch and punch the ball out.

Afterwards, at 12’, Javier Aquino finds a loose ball, but his soft shot missed to the left.

At 21’, André-Pierre Gignac´s attempt went high, in a breakaway led by Aquino from his own area.

Just three minutes went by for Nahuel Guzmán to be called a hero, defeating Víctor Malcorra one on one, to the disappointment of the Olímpico Universitario stadium, that was not filled to capacity.

Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez had a chance with a mid-range shot, following a set-piece situation at minute 29.

Three minutes later, having stolen a ball in the midfield, Gignac broke away with an advantage, entered the box, but his attempt went wide of the left post, upsetting the Frenchman.

A minute afterwards, Eduardo Vargas missed a clear goal opportunity, when Chaka Rodríguez came in from the right, trod in the line and crossed to the Chilean, whose shot was too high.

At 39’, Juninho came close with a direct free kick, but missed to the left by just a couple of centimeters.

 

SECOND HALF

The opponent came out in the second half with greater determination, aware that time was on Tigres’ side, passing as much as possible into the box in search of any situations.

As a result, at minute 53, Carlos González headed the ball into the net inside the far post, defeating Nahuel and making it 1-0 (2-2 aggregate).

Tigres, knowing that this goal forced them to go for another one, equalized at 54’ bringing the aggregate to 3-2, when Rafael de Souza controlled outside the box and his shot hit the crossbar, then the goalkeeper’s back and, finally, the back of the net.

Our team seemed to be back in the game, but five minutes later, once more in an aerial play, Felipe Mora came forward with a header to regain his side’s advantage with the score now at 2-1 (3-3 aggregate).

Nevertheless, there was still time for our players, since one more goal would force Pumas to score two,  resulting in Jürgen Damm, then Enner Valencia and finally Ismael Sosa, being sent on with the clear idea of achieving this.

At minute 66, Vargas’ header inside the box went wide of the right post, missing this opportunity.

Then, at 79’, the Chilean controlled with his chest inside the goal area, made a half-turn, but the attempt was too high. Tigres was putting the pressure on, while Pumas was waiting for any slip-up or breakaway.

And, precisely in this way, Matías Alustiza made it 3-1, when González broke away, shook off Nahuel and crossed, and Alustiza pushed in the third, sounding the death knell for our Tigres.

The team sought to react towards the end, since just one goal be sufficient to stay alive, but none of the attempts by Valencia, Aquino or Gignac received their reward.

 

LINEUPS

UNAM: Alfredo Saldívar; Alan Mozo, Alejandro Arribas, Luis Quintana, David Cabrera (Matías Alustiza 58’), Pablo Barrera, Felipe Mora (Alan Mendoza 65’), Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Martín Rodríguez (Kevin Escamilla 84’) and Carlos González.

MGR.: DAVID PATIÑO

TIGRES: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez (Enner Valencia 75’), Juninho (Jürgen Damm 73’), Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Jesús Dueñas, Rafael de Souza, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Eduardo Vargas (Ismael Sosa 84’) and André-Pierre Gignac.

MGR.: RICARDO FERRETTI

 

GOALS

1-0   (53’) Header by Carlos González to the far post.

1-1   (54’) Mid-range shot by Rafael de Souza that hits the crossbar and the goalkeeper.

2-1 (59’) Header inside the box by Felipe Mora.

3-1 (90’) Matías Alustiza finishes inside the box, pushing the ball in.

 

YELLOW CARDS

UNAM: Alan Mozo (28’) and Víctor Malcorra (84’)

TIGRES: Eduardo Vargas (24’) and Javier Aquino (74’)

 

RED CARDS

None

 

Referee: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez