Tigres came out attacking, knowing they needed a win here, and it wasn’t long before they had their first goal. In the 15th minute, the unfortunate Aubrey David badly misjudged a play, with his attempt to head the ball back to the keeper ending in a collision… and with the ball in the back of the net. His own-goal made it 1-0 (1-1 aggregate).
Then, in the 25th minute, Tigres went ahead in the tie as Enner Valencia converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 (2-1) after Saprissa was called for a handball in the box. Valencia scored a second just minutes after that to make it 3-0 (3-1) in the 27th minute as he finished off a cross from the right.
Eduardo Vargas got in on the fun in the 37th minute, with his right-footed shot making it 4-0 (4-1) as Tigres enjoyed a dominant performance.
Saprissa was able to pull a goal back shortly before halftime, when Mariano Torres scored with his left foot to make it 4-1 (4-2) in the 44th minute.
But there was no way back for the Costa Ricans, and Enner Valencia ensured it as he finished off his hat-trick in the 62nd minute to give Tigres the definitive 5-1 (5-2) lead.
With the 5-1 (5-2 aggregate) win, Tigres advance to the quarterfinals to face the Houston Dynamo, while Saprissa is eliminated.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Carlos Salcedo, Francisco Meza, Jorge Torres Nilo, Israel Jiménez (Luis Rodríguez 45′), Rafael Carioca (Guido Pizarro 74′), Jesús Dueñas, Javier Aquino, Julian Quiñones, Enner Valencia (Jürgen Damm 67′), Eduardo Vargas.
Saprissa: Aaron Cruz, Aubrey David, Luis Hernández, Michael Barrantes, Johan Venegas (Jairo Arrieta 83′), Ricardo Blanco Mora, Juan Golobio, Marvin Angulo (Randall Leal 60′), Christian Bolaños, Román Castillo (Alejandro Cabral 45′), Mariano Torres.