Campeón de Campeones: Tigres UANL vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Recap and Highlights

Tigres UANL claimed the “champion of champions” title with a 1-0 victory over Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The game started off at a good pace and Tigres created the first chance of the game in the 6th minute, when André-Pierre Gignac found himself in good position but sent his soft shot into the hands of Rodolfo Cota.

Chivas, missing four players to the Gold Cup and another to injury, struggled to get anything going in attack, aside from a would-be goal by Michael Pérez in the 11th minute that was disallowed for offside. El Rebaño suffered a further setback in the 27th minute when both Oswaldo Alanís and José Juan Vázquez had to leave the field with injuries.

Meanwhile, a full-strength Tigres team continued to press forward and Gignac had another opportunity in the 30th minute with a low shot to the left, but once again Cota made the save.

The universitarios continued to create chances in the second half. In the 54th minute, Jürgen Damm got free on the right and sent in a cross for Gignac, but the Frenchman couldn’t put his header on target. Then, in the 58th, Eduardo Vargas hit the post.

Nevertheless, Tigres finally found the breakthrough just minutes later. In the 61st minute, Gignac received a throw-in and backheeled the ball to Vargas, whose powerful shot made it 1-0.

That lone goal held up as Tigres UANL captured the 2017 Campeón de Campeones title – their second consecutive one after beating Pachuca in the 2016 edition.

Highlights

Lineups

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Israel Jiménez (José Francisco Torres 82′), Jorge Torres, Iván Estrada (Jair Díaz 89′), Lucas Zelarayán, Javier Aquino, Ismael Sosa (Damián Álvarez 53′), Jürgen Damm, Eduardo Vargas, André-Pierre Gignac.

Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Edwin Hernández, Jesús Sánchez, Oswaldo Alanís (Fernando Beltrán 27′), Carlos Salcido, José Juan Vázquez (Juan Miguel Basulto 27′), Ángel López, Kevin Magaña (José Macías 60′), Michael Pérez, Carlos Fierro, Ángel Zaldívar. 

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