Tigres UANL vs Pachuca – Quarterfinal Recap and Highlights

Like the first leg, Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 1-1 draw. That left the series tied 2-2 on aggregate, and with away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced due to the higher-seed tiebreaker.

The onus to score was on Pachuca from the beginning; a 0-0 draw in this second leg would have sent Tigres through. The Tuzos were measured in their efforts, though, and even as they pressed forward they remained organized in the back. Tigres were unable to do much to trouble Alfonso Blanco, while at the other end Nahuel Guzmán made several good saves to keep Tigres ahead in the series.

In the second half, the intensity picked up. With time running down, Pachuca’s search for a goal took on a more desperate tinge, and the universitarios took advantage of the space the Tuzos were leaving to test Blanco. André-Pierre Gignac had two clear chances both go begging as the goalless draw persisted.

Then, in the 81st minute, the breakthrough came. The Tuzos won a corner kick and Ángelo Sagal finished it off to give Pachuca the 0-1 (1-2) lead with less than ten minutes left to play.

But Pachuca’s celebrations were cut short as Tigres responded just three minutes later. In the 84th minute, a long cross into the box found its way to the emblematic André-Pierre Gignac, who headed the ball home to make it 1-1 (2-2) and tilt the series back in Tigres’ favor.

The final minutes were frenetic as Pachuca pushed for a second goal, and tempers briefly flared into a mass confrontation on the sidelines. In the end, the scoreline didn’t budge, and all that separated Tigres and Pachuca after 180 minutes was the higher-seed tiebreaker.

With the 1-1 (2-2) draw, Tigres advance to the semifinals while Pachuca is eliminated.

Highlights

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