Tijuana vs Tigres UANL – Semifinal Second Leg Recap and Highlights

Tigres UANL beat Tijuana 0-2 in the second leg of their semifinal series to give the universitarios the 4-0 aggregate victory and a spot in the Clausura 2017 Gran Final.

Tijuana came out looking to make their home-field advantage count as they needed to overturn the first-leg deficit against a Tigres side that has looked very dangerous in the playoffs. The Xolos found their first clear chance in the 13th minute, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save on Milton Caraglio’s header.

Tijuana continued to press, and in the 29th minute Henry Martín had a chance with a powerful low shot, but once again Guzmán was there to intervene.

The night took a turn for the worse for the hosts just minutes into the second half, however, when Guido Rodríguez was given a straight red card, leaving Tijuana to search for two goals while playing with just 10 men.

Tigres were able to make their numerical advantage count and Javier Aquino put the series out of reach with his goal in the 63rd minute. André-Pierre Gignac played in Aquino, whose shot beat Gibrán Lajud to make it 0-1 (0-3). That away goal meant tying the aggregate was no longer enough for the Xolos; they needed to win it outright, meaning they suddenly needed to score four goals in order to advance.

The deficit was too great for Tijuana to overturn, especially playing down a man. Tigres’ spot in the final was assured, but Jürgen Damm put an exclamation point on it with his goal in stoppage time to make it 0-2 (0-4).

With the 0-2 (0-4) win, Tigres advance to the final while Tijuana is eliminated.

Highlights

Lineups

Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Guido Rodríguez, Damián Pérez (Luis Chávez 57′), Juan Carlos Núñez, Hiram Muñoz, Carlos Vargas, Víctor Malcorra, Avilés Hurtado (Paul Arriola 70′), Milton Caraglio, Henry Martín (Juan Lucero 65′), Joe Corona. 

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Victor Sosa, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Alberto Acosta, Luis Rodríguez (Jürgen Damm 81′), Jesús Dueñas, Lucas Zelarayán, André-Pierre Gignac.

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