Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. That draw was all they needed however; with the aggregate tied 2-2, and away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
León started the game off well and they had the first good chance of the game through Álvaro Ramos, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save. Tigres had several early chances as well, with André-Pierre Gignac looking particularly dangerous.
Then, in the 19th minute, the Frenchman gave the universitarios the lead. Gignac met a corner kick and headed the ball past William Yarbrough to make it 1-0 (2-1).
It didn’t take long for León to find a response, however. In the 24th minute, Andrés Mosquera got the final touch on a free kick, beating Guzmán from close range to make it 1-1 (2-2).
That scoreline still favored Tigres, however, due to the higher seed tiebreaker. That left the pressure on León and they continued to press. La Fiera had the ball in the net again in the 30th minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
The second half was a tense affair. Tigres had chances to retake the lead; Eduardo Vargas had a good shot and then Gignac was unable to finish off a one-on-one opportunity.
León had chances, too, and one goal for them would have forced Tigres to score two; however, the visitors were unable to make their chances count. Mauro Boselli and Álvaro Ramos both had opportunities, but in the end Tigres held on for the draw.
With the 1-1 (2-2) draw, Tigres advance to the semifinals while León is eliminated.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Luis Rodríguez, Rafael Carioca, Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm (Ismael Sosa 72′), André-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas (Larry Vázquez 85′).
León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro, Andrés Mosquera, Juan González, Juan Cornejo (Luis Montes 62′), Andrés Andrade, Alexander Mejía, José Rodríguez, Elías Hernández, Álvaro Ramos (Maximiliano Cerato 67′), Mauro Boselli.