Tigres UANL mathematically guaranteed their spot in the upcoming playoffs with a 0-3 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result is a second straight victory for UANL, while the Licántropos have now lost three in a row at home.
The first half started with more possession for the visitors, but better chances for the hosts. Despite not having much of the ball, Lobos found opportunities, particularly through Michaell Chirinos and Mauro Lainez, although they weren’t able to convert them.
Tigres struggled to create clear opportunities, especially after Julián Quiñones was forced out just past the half-hour mark with an injury. Their best chance came in the 38th minute, when Javier Aquino tried his luck from outside the box but was denied by the crossbar.
That was a sign of things to come, though, as Tigres came out attacking in the second half and soon broke the deadlock. In the 48th minute, Eduardo Vargas took a low shot from just outside the box and beat Toño Rodríguez to make it 0-1.
Vargas got on the board again five minutes later as he finished off a low cross from about eight yards out to put Tigres comfortably ahead in the 53rd.
Lobos struggled to react after falling behind, and Tigres always looked more likely to add a third than Lobos did to find a first. Their pressure paid off in the 64th minute, when Enner Valencia took the ball into the box and made it 3-0 with an assist from Aquino.
With the 0-3 win, Tigres reach 32 points while Lobos still have 17.
Lobos: José Antonio Rodríguez, Francisco Rodríguez, José Esquivel (Óscar Macías 66′), Felix Crisanto, Aldo Cruz, Víctor Velázquez, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello (Edson Torres 81′), Michaell Chirinos, Mauro Lainez (Luiz da Silva 56′), Leonardo Ramos.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Venegas (Jorge Torres 46′), Francisco Meza, Rafael Carioca, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, Enner Valencia (Lucas Zelarayán 76′), Julián Quiñones (Eduardo Vargas 35′).