Tigres UANL put on a dominant performance as they thrashed Pumas UNAM 5-0 (7-2 on aggregate) to advance to the semifinals. After the first leg, a 2-2 draw, Pumas needed to score to move on; however, it was Tigres’ attack that came unstoppably to life as it rained goals on a rainy night in El Volcán.
André-Pierre Gignac, who hadn’t scored in league play since September, snapped his goal drought and opened the scoring for the hosts in just the third minute. Javier Aquino played in the Frenchman, who flicked the ball past Alejandro Palacios to make it 1-0 (3-2) early on.
Then, in the 26th minute, the unfortunate Darío Verón tried to cut out a cross but only ended up stabbing the ball into his own net to give Tigres the 2-0 (4-2) lead. The hosts could have run the score up even further when Ismael Sosa hit the woodwork in the 34th minute.
Pumas made a halftime change as they looked to get back in the game, but they simply could not get a foothold.
Tigres came within inches of making it 3-0 in the 55th minute, when a shot from outside the box went right through the goalkeeper’s legs, but “Pikolín” was able to scramble back and stop the ball just before it crossed the line.
But it was only a brief reprieve. Gignac put the game – and the series – completely out of reach for the visitors with two goals in four minutes to complete his hat-trick. In the 74th minute, he brought the ball down in the box, beat his defender, and put his shot in off the underside of the crossbar to make it 3-0 (5-2).
Then, in the 78th, Andy Delort brought the ball into the box and drew out the keeper before laying the ball back for his compatriot, who made it 4-0 (6-2).
Delort himself then wrapped up the scoring in the 88th minute when he finished off a low cross to make it 5-0 (7-2).
With the 5-0 (7-2 aggregate) win, Tigres advance to the semifinals while Pumas are eliminated.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Estada (Luis Rodríguez 76′), Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jesús Dueñas, Guido Pizarro, Jürgen Damm, Ismael Sosa (Andy Delort 77′), Javier Aquino, André-Pierre Gignac (Julian Quiñones 82′).
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Josécarlos Van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Pablo Barrera, Kevin Escamilla (Javier Cortés 46′), Abraham González (Alejandro Castro 55′), Fidel Martínez (Eduardo Herrera 59′), Matías Britos, Jesús Gallardo.