Tigres UANL ensured the best possible seeding for the playoffs with a 1-2 victory against FC Juárez in the final regular season game of the Apertura 2019. The result sends the universitarios into the playoffs on the back of an eight-game unbeaten streak, while the Bravos saw their season end on a sour note with a home loss.
The game started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Tigres worked the ball into the box and eventually to André-Pierre Gignac, who volleyed it home to make it 0-1 for the universitarios.
Tigres controlled the game after the goal and kept the hosts pinned back in their defensive third, but despite having the lion’s share of possession, they didn’t create many more chances of note in the first half.
But in the second half, Tigres added an insurance goal. In the 64th minute, Enner Valencia was played in behind the defense, where he took the ball to the end line before cutting it back for Gignac; the Frenchman slid it over to an unmarked Javier Aquino, who had an easy finish to make it 0-2.
Tigres had the best defensive record in the league this season, and it looked like they were on their way to another shutout. Then, in the 86th minute, Juárez won a penalty kick. Darío Lezcano stepped up to take it, and hit the post; but the rebound was buried by Leandro Carrijo.
However, after VAR review, it was determined there had been encroachment on the kick and it had to be taken again. Lezcano stepped up again, and this time converted it himself; and this time no encroachment was called as Juárez reduced the deficit to 1-2 in the 89th minute.
Then, in stoppage time, Nahuel Guzmán left the field with an apparent thigh injury; Tigres had used all three of their subs, which left Jorge Torres Nilo to take the gloves and step into goal. But despite the goalkeeper situation, Juárez was unable to go on to find an equalizer in the scant time remaining.
With the 1-2 win, Tigres reach 32 points while Juárez still has 18.