Tigres UANL scored in stoppage time to earn a 0-1 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara as they angle for better playoff positioning. The result is a third straight win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in five, while El Rebaño ended the Apertura 2018 with a third straight home loss – and only one victory all season in the Estadio Akron.
Tigres were already assured of a spot in the Liguilla, while Chivas was already eliminated. The hosts were nevertheless looking to close their season on a high note, especially given the difficulties they’ve had at home in recent years. Tigres had the better of the run of play, but Chivas stood strong defensively, with Raúl Gudiño making a number of important saves.
Tigres increased the pressure in the second half as they were looking to climb a few spots further up the table, and the substitutions of Enner Valencia and Jürgen Damm gave them some more dynamism in attack.
But Gudiño continued to deny the visitors, making saves against André-Pierre Gignac and Hugo Ayala, while defender Carlos Salcido made an important intervention on Eduardo Vargas.
It looked like the game was destined to end in a 0-0 draw right up until the 91st minute. Luis Rodriguesz received the ball in the attacking third and tried his luck with a shot from outside the box. Gudiño got his fingertips to the ball but couldn’t keep it out as Rodríguez made it 0-1 for Tigres.
With the 0-1 win, Tigres reach 29 points while Chivas still has 20.
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Carlos Salcido, Hedgardo Marín, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Juan Basulto, Orbelín Pineda (Isaác Brizuela 41′), Javier López (Ángel Zaldívar 65′), Michael Pérez, Alan Cervantes, José Godínez (Alan Pulido 81′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Israel Jiménez (Luis Rodríguez 68′), Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Jair Díaz, Rafael Carioca, Raúl Torres (Enner Valencia 45′), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Eduardo Vargas (Jürgen Damm 68′), André-Pierre Gignac.