León and Tigres UANL had a roller coaster start to their Clausura 2019 seasons with a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another only for it to end in a 2-2 deadlock after a stoppage-time penalty kick.
The night started off well for the visitors, with Javier Aquino giving Tigres the 0-1 lead in just the 5th minute when he sent a long-range rocket past Rodolfo Cota. The universitarios didn’t have long to enjoy their lead, however, before León tied it up in the 10th minute.
The hosts were pressing forward in search of an equalizer, and although Luis Montes saw his shot saved, the rebound fell to Walter González, who made no mistake with his finish. 1-1.
Injuries to Javier Aquino and Osvaldo Rodríguez in the first half forced both teams to adjust their strategies, although it didn’t take away any of their attacking edge. Montes and Ángel Mena had good chances for the hosts, while Luis Quiñones and Jürgen Damm were dangerous for the visitors.
The goalkeepers made the necessary saves, however, and it looked like the game would remain locked at 1-1. Then, in the 89th minute, Yairo Moreno headed the ball home to give León the 2-1 lead – although it took several minutes for the goal to be validated as the officials debated about a possible offside call.
Moreno’s goal seemed sure to the game winner, but in stoppage time Andrés Mosquera committed a foul in the box to give Tigres a last-gasp penalty kick. André-Pierre Gignac took it and converted it to make it 2-2 at the death.
With the 2-2 draw, León and Tigres both reach one point.
León: Rodolfo Cota, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando Navarro, William Tesillo, Osvaldo Rodríguez (Ángel Mena 44′), Luis Montes, Yairo Moreno, José Rodríguez, Rubens Sambueza, Pedro Aquino (Miguel Herrera 73′), Walter González (Jorge Díaz 63′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Meza, Jair Díaz, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Jürgen Damm 23′), Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac, Luis Quiñones (Julián Quiñones 61′).