Tigres UANL earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Santos Laguna in the StubHub Center in Carson, California, to earn the title of Campéon de Campeones. The victory also qualifies Tigres for the new Campeones Cup, where they will face Major League Soccer’s reigning champion, Toronto FC, in September.
Santos Laguna, despite being somewhat diminished by injuries and absences, nevertheless started the game off well and the first half saw a dynamic game with opportunities at both ends. But shortly before halftime, the momentum swung firmly in Tigres’ favor.
It started with a penalty for the universitarios. Although Jonathan Orozco made the save on André-Pierre Gignac, he couldn’t preserve the shutout much longer. In the 41st minute, Guido Pizarro opened the scoring with his header.
Then, in the 44th minute, Javier Aquino finished off a cross from Jürgen Damm with a header of his own to put Tigres comfortably ahead, 2-0, going into halftime.
Santos was unable to get back into the game in the second half, and instead Tigres continued to run up the score.
In the 66th minute, Lucas Zelarayán with another assist from Damm, who ran down the right wing before sending in a low cross that Zelarayán bundled in.
Then, in the 72nd minute, Gignac atoned for his missed penalty by putting an exclamation mark on the win with Tigres’ fourth goal.
With the 4-0 win, Tigres take the title of “Champion of Champions”.