The reigning champions earned their first win of the Clausura 2018 with a 2-1 victory against Santos Laguna. The result is the Laguneros’ first loss of the young season and it knocks them from first place in the table.
Tigres were unbeaten in the Volcán last season and they looked to continue that good home form here. They had a pair of decent chances through Jesús Dueñas and then André-Pierre Gignac before opening the scoring in the 22nd minute.
Jonathan Orozco saved the initial shot by Gignac, but the rebound fell to Ismael Sosa, who was able to apply the final touch to give the universitarios the 1-0 lead.
Tigres looked to add to their advantage, but the second goal wouldn’t come. Instead, early in the second half, Santos tied the game. In the 53rd minute, Nahuel Guzmán made the save on Jonathan Rodríguez’s shot, but he gave up a rebound that Djaniny put away to make it 1-1.
The hosts were able to reclaim the lead in the 69th minute, however, when Gignac snapped his scoring drought. Once again, a saved shot led to a rebound that led to a goal; Orozco denied substitute Eduardo Vargas, but Sosa collected the loose ball and played it to Gignac, whose finish at the near post made it 2-1 for Tigres.
Orozco then was called into action repeatedly to keep Tigres from running up the score, but Santos couldn’t take advantage of Orozco keeping them in the game – although they came close to a second equalizer in the 88th minute when Julio César Furch hit the crossbar.
It wasn’t all good news for Tigres, however, as Gignac left the game injured in the 84th minute.
With the 2-1 win, Tigres reach three points while Santos still has three.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Luis Rodríguez, Rafael Carioca, Javier Aquino, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac (Lucas Zelarayán 87′), Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 62′), Ismael Sosa.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Néstor Araujo, Gerardo Arteaga (Gerardo Alcoba 87′), Carlos Izquierdoz, Diego de Buen, Jesús Isijara (Brian Lozano 80′), José Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Jonathan Rodríguez (Cris Martínez 69′), Djaniny Tavares.