Tigres UANL saw off a late comeback attempt by Necaxa to pick up a 3-2 victory. The result extends the universitarios’ winning streak to four games, while the Rayos suffered their first loss of the season.
The game started off at a fast pace, with both teams pushing for an early lead. Tigres had the better of the run of play initially, but Necaxa created good chances of their own, and in the 25th minute they came within inches of opening the scoring as Ángel Sepúlveda hit the post.
Tigres responded with several chances by Enner Valencia and André-Pierre Gignac, but it wasn’t until the 40th minute that the hosts were able to take the lead. Luis Quiñones sent a low cross into the box that Gignac finished off with a back-heel to make it 1-0.
Necaxa responded in the second half, when Brian Fernández headed home a cross by Kevin Mercado to make it 1-1 in the 54th minute, but parity lasted mere minutes before Tigres reclaimed the lead.
In the 57th minute, Gignac scored his second of the night with a header of his home following a cross by Javier Aquino, making it 2-1 for the hosts.
Tigres dominated after that goal, and they created a number of chances to add to their lead. In the 79th minute, the pressure paid off as Enner Valencia danced his way past several defenders before beating Hugo González to make it 3-1.
The game looked done and dusted, but Necaxa kept fighting and in the 86th minute the reduced the deficit to 3-2 when substitute Rodrigo Contreras scored from outside the box to set up a dramatic finale.
In the 90th minute, it looked like Necaxa had salvaged an improbable draw when Brian Fernández put the ball in the back of the net – but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside, a decision confirmed by VAR, allowing Tigres to hold on for all three points.
With the 3-2 win, Tigres reach 16 points while Necaxa still has 11.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Venegas (Jorge Torres Nilo 74′), Francisco Meza (Julián Quiñones 58′), Rafael Carioca, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia, Luis Quiñones (Javier Aquino 54′).
Necaxa: Hugo González, Alexis Peña, Fernando Meza, Carlos Guzmán (Brayan Beckeles 72′), Luis Gallegos, Cristian Calderón, Fernando González, Kevin Mercado, Martín Barragán (Rodrigo Contreras 76′), Brian Fernández, Ángel Sepúlveda (Facundo Castro 72′).