Plaza Amador upset Tigres UANL 1-0 to earn their first win of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. The loss prevented Tigres from guaranteeing their spot in the knockout round, and made the final group stage game against Herediano crucial.
The Panamanians made their home-field advantage count as they made Tigres uncomfortable all over the field. Plaza Amador dominated possession while the universitarios struggled to keep the ball for more than two or three passes.
Initially, Plaza Amador had trouble turning possession into dangerous chances; even with a somewhat second-choice lineup, Tigres remained organized at the back.
However, in the 36th minute, the Panamanians broke the deadlock with a golazo. Ricauter Barsallo sent his right-footed shot into the upper left-hand corner from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Tigres pressed forward in the second half as they looked for an equalizer, and the game tilted in the visitors’ favor. The Mexican team had chance after chance and racked up a total of nine corner kicks as they put the Amador goal under siege, but the breakthrough would not come.
Tigres must now get at least a draw in their final match to advance to the quarterfinals, while Plaza Amador ended their own participation in the competition on a high note.
With the 1-0 win, Plaza Amador reaches four points while Tigres UANL remains on six.
Plaza Amador: Eric Hughes, Algish Dixon, Luis Mendoza, Humberto Gómez, Sergio Ortega, Frank Piedrahita, José Murillo (Luis Fraiz 58′), Luis Jaramillo (Alexander González 56′), Delano Welch (Humberto Ward 69′), Ricauter Barsallo, Marlon Ávila.
Tigres: Enrique Palos, Israel Jiménez, José Rivas, Hugo Ayala, Alberto Acosta (Jonathan Espericueta 59′), Luis Rodríguez, Manuel Viniegra, Fernando Fernández (Luis Quiñones 53′), Damián Álvarez, Andy Delort, Julian Quiñones (Luis Silva 74′).
Group Table – Group G