Tigres UANL booked their spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory over Herediano. The universitarios needed just a draw to guarantee their advancement, while the Costa Ricans needed to pick up all three points to move on.
The hosts put out a strong lineup and they took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark. In the 27th minute, Tigres earned a free kick and Herediano was unable to clear it away, with Hugo Ayala pouncing on the rebound to make it 1-0.
Minutes later, Luis Quiñones made it 2-0 with his left-footed shot to put Tigres comfortably ahead in the 34th minute.
Herediano turned to their bench early, but the substitutes didn’t help them any. The Costa Ricans were never able to even reduce the deficit, while Tigres added a third goal in the second half.
In the 65th minute, Ismael Sosa ran on to a long pass and fought off his defender to get into the box. He slid the ball over to Andy Delort, who had an easy finish to put the game completely to bed.
Herediano managed just four shots throughout the 90 minutes as they looked a long way away from keeping their Champions League dream alive.
With the 3-0 win, Tigres advance to the quarterfinals while Herediano is eliminated.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jesús Dueñas, Hugo Ayala, José Rivas, Jorge Torres Nilo, Lucas Zelarayán (José Francisco Torres 75′), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 54′), Ismael Sosa (Alberto Acosta 68′), Andy Delort, Luis Quiñones.
Herediano: Adrián de Lemos, Pablo Salazar, Leonardo González, Johnny Acosta, Allan Miranda Albertazzi, William Quirós (Víctor Núñez 46′), Johan Condega (Yosimar Arias 61′), Randall Azofeifa Corrales, José Cubero, Gerson Torres (José Sánchez 30′), Jonathan Hansen.
Group Table – Group G