Tigres managed to score their second goal of the season, but despite taking the lead and looking the better team for much of the game, the universitarios were unable to earn their first win of the season.
Tigres opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Alan Pulido, with the young striker once again demonstrating a knack for being in the right place at the right time. After a good team build-up, Lucas Lobos sent a pass to Jesús Dueñas, whose low cross into the box was met at the far post by a sliding Pulido. With the early goal giving Tigres confidence and the crowd roaring them on, “Tuca” Feretti’s team proceeded to take control of the first half, generating a number of chances to increase their lead. Santos, missing several players through injury and suspension and missing coach Pedro Caixinha, who watched the game from the stands due to a touchline ban, hardly created any chances in the first half, and Tigres looked good value for their lead.
Nevertheless, the 1-0 lead wouldn’t stand. Andrés Rentería, who came on in the 37th minute for Marc Crosas, found the equalizer for Santos just three minutes into the second half. Santos Laguna’s goal was very similar to Tigres’: good team play ended with a pass to a player just outside the box, who sent a cross to the far post where a teammate was ready to knock the ball in from within the six-yard box. Santos played better in the second half and had several chances to take the lead. Oribe Peralta had a one-on-one chance against Sergio García after a slip from Dueñas allowed him to steal the ball, but the keeper was able to stop Peralta’s shot with his foot.
Tigres had their own chances to regain the lead, notably a long-range bomb from Carlos Salcido that went narrowly wide, but they were unable to find a second. The stadium fell silent in the 90th minute when Carlos Darwin Quintero appeared to have scored Santos Laguna’s second, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside teammate interfering with the goalkeeper’s view of the shot. The game finished 1-1, and the home fans booed as the teams walked off the field.
Tigres: Sergio García, Juninho, Jesús Dueñas, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Lucas Lobos, Guido Pizarro, Carlos Salcido, Alan Pulido, Emanuel Herrera (Hernán Burbano 54′), Danilinho (Damián Alvarez 54′).
Santos: Oswaldo Sánchez, Néstor Araujo, Jonathan Lacerda, Rafael Figueroa, Ribair Rodríguez (Sergio Ceballos 72′), Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Néstor Calderón (Eduardo Herrera 62′), Marc Crosas (Andrés Rentería 37′), José Abella, Caros Darwin Quintero, Oribe Peralta.