Tigres UANL vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

Tigres UANL started their title defense with a convincing 4-2 victory against Monarcas Morelia in their Apertura 2019 debut.

The universitarios took control of the game from the opening minute and it was just a matter of time before they found the opening goal. The breakthrough came in the 19th minute through Luiz Rodríguez, whose shot from just outside the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.

Eight minutes later, it was 2-0. Luis Quiñones got free on the right and weaved his way through Morelia’s defense before laying the ball off for Rafael Carioca, who put it away.

Quiñones was the provider again in the 34th minute; this time he crossed the ball in for Javier Aquino, who headed it home to make it 3-0 for Tigres.

It looked like the game was done and dusted, but Morelia showed some fight in the second half. Immediately after the restart, substitute Luis Ángel Mendoza ran on to a low cross to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Tigres took control and looked to manage the game; they kept Morelia pinned down until the 88th minute, when Gastón Lezcano’s header made it 3-2 and gave the visitors hope of snatching a last-gasp equalizer.

Instead, Tigres put the game away in stoppage time, with Javier Aquino scoring his second of the night to make it 4-2.

With the 4-2 win, Tigres reach three points while Morelia still has zero.

Highlights

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