CCL: Tigres UANL vs Pachuca – Final First Leg Recap and Highlights

In the first leg of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final, Tigres UANL and Pachuca drew 1-1, which leaves this series delicately balanced ahead of next week’s decisive second leg.

The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.

The universitarios were able to tie it just past the half-hour mark due to a goalkeeping error. Alfonso Blanco made the initial save but spilled the ball, and Ismael Sosa was there to take advantage, making it 1-1 in the 31st minute.

In the 65th minute, it looked like Tigres would complete the comeback after Erick Gutiérrez was called for a handball in the box. Mark Geiger pointed to the penalty spot, but Blanco saved the spot kick from Vargas to maintain the 1-1 draw.

Pachuca then had a late chance to reclaim the lead when Franco Jara played Jonathan Urretaviscaya in on goal in the 83rd minute. However, Guzmán came out on top in that one-on-one, with the keeper making a great save to deny “Urreta”.

With the 1-1 draw, next Wednesday’s second leg will be a winner-takes-all affair. Should the two draw again, a 0-0 result would see Pachuca crowned champion, 1-1 would send it to extra time, and 2-2 or higher would give Tigres the title.



Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Luis Rodríguez (Jürgen Damm 68′), Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Guido Pizarro (Luis Advíncula 74′), Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayán 85′), Ismael Sosa, Javier Aquino, André-Pierre Gignac. 

Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Emmanuel García, Omar González, Raúl López, Óscar Murillo, Jorge Hernández, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutiérrez (John Stefan Medina 91′), Víctor Guzmán, Franco Jara (Erick Aguirre 84′). 


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