Tigres UANL Win Fifth League Title

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Tigres UANL defeated América on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw to win the Apertura 2016 league title.

The universitarios entered the Liguilla as the third seed, and they defeated sixth-seeded Pumas UNAM and seventh-seeded Necaxa in the quarter- and semi- finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with fifth-seeded América in the Gran Final.

A 1-1 first leg draw kept everything up in the air for the Christmas Day second leg, which finished 0-0 in regulation and 1-1 in extra time to send the game to penalties. Goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was the hero there as he made three straight saves in the shootout to give Tigres the title.

The Apertura 2016 league title is Tigres’ fifth. They previously won the league in the 1977-78, 1981-82, Apertura 2011, and Apertura 2015 seasons. This is coach Ricardo Ferretti’s sixth title with Tigres and his third league title with the club. It is his fifth Liga MX title overall.

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