Tigres UANL booked their spot in the playoffs with a comprehensive 1-5 away win against Querétaro. The Gallos Blancos were essentially eliminated from playoff contention before this game, with the loss simply confirming it.
The universitarios needed a win to ensure their spot in the Liguilla, and the game started off well for them as they took the lead in just the 8th minute. André-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring for Tigres when he finished off a cross from Jesús Dueñas that Miguel Ángel Martínez failed to clear.
Luis Rodríguez made it 0-2 shortly after that, when he put his shot into the upper left corner in the 12th minute.
Tigres maintained possession and looked comfortable on the field, while Querétaro could get nothing going in the final third. But the Gallos Blancos responded in the second half, with Camilo Sanvezzo reducing the deficit just minutes after halftime.
The hosts weren’t unable to build on the 1-2 score, however, and instead Tigres took complete control of the game. Ismael Sosa restored their two-goal lead in the 54th minute, before Gignac made it 1-4 in the 58th.
The game got even worse for Querétaro in the 64th minute, when Neri Cardozo earned his second yellow card of the night and was ejected, leaving the Gallos Blancos to see out the rest of the game with 10 men.
In the 77th minute, Gignac finished off his hat-trick when he finished off a ball from Jürgen Damm to make it 1-5.
With the 1-5 win, Tigres reach 25 points while Querétaro still has 19.
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Luis Esqueda, Jaime Gómez, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Hiram Mier, Neri Cardozo, Aldo Arellano, Luis Noriega (Marco Jiménez 45′), Ángel Sepúlveda (Emanuel Villa 57′), Camilo Sanvezzo, Édgar Benítez (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 71′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, Alberto Acosta, Juninho, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 67′), Jesús Dueñas (Luis Quiñones 77′), Guido Pizarro, Ismael Sosa (Jürgen Damm 74′), Lucas Zelarayán, André-Pierre Gignac.