Tigres UANL twice took the lead but twice failed to hold it as América came back for a 2-2 draw. The result ends a four-game winning streak for the Águilas but keeps them unbeaten in five while the universitarios remain unbeaten in two.
With three games in a week to contend with, Tuca Ferretti decided to rotate his front line, giving André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas a rest and starting Enner Valencia. The Ecuadorian seized his opportunity and scored a brace for the visitors.
The opening goal came in the 21st minute after Miguel Ángel Samudio was called for a foul on Jürgen Damm inside the box. Valencia stepped up to take the penalty kick and he converted it to give Tigres the 0-1 lead.
América pressed forward in search of an equalizer and they found one shortly before halftime. In the 40th minute, William da Silva received the ball at the top of the box, carried it into the area, and shot past Nahuel Guzmán to make it 1-1.
But Tigres retook the lead in the second half. In the 70th minute, Valencia got on the end of a low cross into the center of the box to beat Agustín Marchesín and make it 2-1.
As time wore on, it looked like Tigres would hold on to that lead. But then, in the 85th minute, substitute Alejandro Díaz – who had just entered the game – tied it up again. The Águilas won a corner kick and Tigres were unable to clear it. Díaz pounced on a rebound to make it 2-2.
With the 2-2 draw, América reaches 13 points while Tigres reach nine.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Bruno Valdéz, Paul Aguilar, Pablo Aguilar (Edson Álvarez 77′), William da Silva, Carlos Darwin Quintero, Guido Rodríguez, Oribe Peralta (Alejandro Díaz 84′), Cecilio Domínguez, Renato Ibarra (Carlos Orrantía 88′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Luis Rodríguez, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Alberto Acosta (Jorge Iván Estrada 84′), Javier Aquino, Jesús Dueñas, Israel Jiménez (Raúl Torres 82′), Lucas Zelarayán (André-Pierre Gignac 63′), Jürgen Damm, Enner Valencia.