Tigres UANL earned their first home win of the season with a 2-1 victory against 10-man Santos Laguna. The result gives the universitarios two wins in a row overall, while the Laguneros saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted as they remain winless on the road.
The game started off at a good pace, with early chances at either end. André-Pierre Gignac had the first opportunity for Tigres when he got in behind the defense, but Matheus Doria was there to block his shot. Santos, likewise, was stymied by the defense although they had a pair of chances of their own in the first 10 minutes.
The breakthrough came in the 14th minute from a set piece. Tigres sent in a corner kick and Santos couldn’t clear their lines; after a few bounces, the ball fell for Enner Valencia, who made it 1-0.
Santos looked for an equalizer and they had a chance through Marcelo Correa that forced a good save out of Nahuel Guzmán, but Tigres also continued to attack. Gignac came as close as hitting the crossbar, but the score remained stubbornly 1-0.
Then, in the 40th minute, Santos tied it up. Julio César Furch received the ball in midfield, took a few touches, and then shot from distance, beating Guzmán to make it 1-1.
But Tigres reclaimed the lead just minutes after the break. In the 47th minute, Luis Quiñones fought off his defender on the right wing to send a dangerous cross to the far post where Gignac was waiting. The Frenchman headed it home to make it 2-1 for the universitarios.
Then, in the 66th minute, Santos went down to 10 men as Matheus Doria was given a straight red card for a hard foul on Quiñones. With the numerical disadvantage, Santos struggled to find a second equalizer instead, Tigres controlled the game and came close to adding an insurance goal when Eduardo Vargas hit the post.
With the 2-1 win, Tigres reach 10 points while Santos still has seven.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Venegas, Francisco Meza, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Jesús Dueñas 74′), Luis Rodríguez, André-Pierre Gignac (Julián Quiñones 84′), Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 78′), Luis Quiñones.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Jesús Angulo, Hugo Nervo, Matheus Doria, Brayan Garnica (Eduar Preciado 63′), Diego Valdés, Brian Lozano (Hugo Rodríguez 69′), José Juan Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Marcelo Correa (Marlos Moreno 76′).