The visitors started the game off well and in the 7th minute they won a penalty. André-Pierre Gignac stepped up to take it, but he couldn’t find the target as the spot kick went wide and the game remained 0-0.
The penalty miss gave Santos a morale boost and the hosts soon began to take control of the game. Julio César Furch and Bryan Lozano looked particularly dangerous, and in the 32nd minute they combined to give the hosts the lead, with Furch heading home a cross from Lozano to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Tigres came out stronger and they soon earned another penalty. Eduardo Vargas stepped up to take that one, and he converted it to tie the game 1-1 in the 51st minute.
Parity didn’t last long, however, and in the 58th minute Santos retook the lead. Furch nodded a long ball on for Jonathan Rodríguez, playing him in one-on-one with Nahuel Guzmán; he beat the onrushing keeper with a low a shot to the left corner to make it 2-1.
Rodríguez then got his second of the night in the 64th minute, scoring direct from a free kick to make it 3-1 for the hosts.
Tigres had a chance to reduce the deficit in the 79th minute with yet another penalty kick, but this time Vargas saw his effort saved by Jonathan Orozco. The rebound fell to Gignac, but he was unable to convert it and Santos held on to their 3-1 advantage.
With the 3-1 win, Santos reaches 12 points while Tigres still have six.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Jesús Angulo, Hugo Nervo, Matheus Doria, Jesús Isijara (Eduar Preciado 62′), Osvaldo Martínez, Brian Lozano (Deinner Quiñones 88′), José Juan Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Jonathan Rodríguez (Gerardo Arteaga 85′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jair Díaz, Rafael Carioca, Lucas Zelarayán (Eduardo Vargas 45′), Jürgen Damm, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac, Julián Quiñones (Enner Valencia 72′).