Tigres came from behind for an emphatic 6-1 win against Puebla, who had to bring on their backup goalkeeper in the first half due to injury. The result is a second straight win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos are now winless in two.
The night started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in the 17th minute. Alejandro Chumacero played in Omar Fernández, who sent the ball towards the far post. A goalmouth scramble ended with Lucas Cavallini stabbing the ball home from close range to make it 0-1 for Puebla.
But Tigres responded just three minutes later, as André-Pierre Gignac finished off a rebound given up by Nicolás Vikonis to make it 1-1. To make matters worse for Puebla, Vikonis collided with the post on the play and was subbed out injured for Jesús Rodríguez, who made his Liga MX debut.
Tigres dominated the game after the goal and repeatedly tested the backup keeper. Then, in the 37th minute, they took the 2-1 lead as Eduardo Vargas sent a good diagonal shot to the far post to complete the comeback.
Gignac added a third for Tigres just before halftime when he scored direct from a free kick, sending the ball into the upper corner to give the hosts a comfortable lead. Then, in first-half stoppage time, Eduardo Vargas made it 4-1 with an assist by Gignac.
The onslaught continued in the second half. In the 48th minute, Gignac got on the scoresheet again when he brought down a long pass, took the ball into the box, and sent a powerful shot into the net to make it 5-1 as he completed his hat-trick.
The Frenchman then went on to score a póker, adding a fourth goal for himself and a sixth for his team in the 64th minute, when he sent an arcing shot into the net from just outside the box to put an exclamation point on the win.
With the 6-1 win, Tigres reach 26 points while Puebla still has 16.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho (Francisco Meza 67′), Hugo Ayala, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Jair Díaz 45′), Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas, André-Pierre Gignac, Julián Quiñones (Enner Valencia 60′).
Puebla: Nicolás Vikonis (Jesús Rodríguez 25′), Daniel Arreola, Diego Cruz (Hugo Isaác Rodríguez 70′), Alonso Zamora, José Pallas, Vladimir Loroña, Alejandro Chumacero (Félix Micolta 55′), Luis Robles, Lucas Cavallini, Christian Tabó, Omar Fernández.