In the first leg of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final, Tigres UANL and Pachuca drew 1-1, which leaves this series delicately balanced ahead of next week’s decisive second leg.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League is just two games away from its conclusion, and for the 12th straight year, the tournament winner will be a Mexican team; the last non-Mexican team to lift the trophy was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.
This year’s CCL final pits Tigres UANL against Pachuca.
The Tuzos have reached the final four times, and they have won each time, in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009-10. Tigres UANL has never won; they reached the final last year, in the 2015-16 edition, but fell 4-1 to América.
In the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, FC Dallas earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Pachuca.
The game had started perfectly for the visitors, with the Tuzos taking the lead in just the third minute. Erick Aguirre got free on the left, drove into the box, and cut the ball back towards the center. Franco Jara brought the ball down and sent it in off the post to make it 0-1 for Pachuca early on.
In the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, Tigres UANL picked up a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The universitarios largely controlled possession in the first half as they looked to make their home field advantage count. Their best opportunity came when Jürgen Damm sent a cross to the far post for Eduardo Vargas, but goalkeeper David Ousted was able to make the save.
It’s Liga MX vs MLS in both of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
First, on Tuesday, Tigres UANL will host the Vancouver Whitecaps, before Pachuca travels to take on FC Dallas on Wednesday.
The semifinals are a total-goals, aggregate-score series. Away goals are tiebreakers. Should the aggregate and away goals be tied at the end of the second leg, the games will advance to extra time and then penalties if needed.
Tigres UANL and Pumas UNAM played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this all-Liga-MX CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Both teams created numerous chances, but turning them into goals was a sticking point.
Tigres had the first chance of the game through André-Pierre Gignac, before Pumas tried their luck with a pair of shots from Matías Britos. It wasn’t until the 40th minute, though, that Tigres found the breakthrough.
Saprissa and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, a result that leaves everything to play for in next week’s second leg.
Despite the ultimate lack of goals, there were chances right from the beginning. In the 2nd minute, the Tuzos had the first opportunity through a quick counterattack, but Erick Aguirre couldn’t finish it off.
Four months after the conclusion of the group stage, the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League gets back underway this week with the first legs of the quarterfinals.
Three of Mexico’s four entrants advanced to the quarterfinals, and Liga MX is guaranteed to have at least one semifinalist after Pumas UNAM and Tigres UANL were drawn against each other. The other Mexican representative, Pachuca, will face Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa.
América and Tigres UANL left everything to play for in Sunday’s second leg after a 1-1 draw on Thursday night.
América had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 28th minute, when Paul Delgadillo awarded a penalty kick for a foul by Jesús Dueñas on Oribe Peralta. Peralta himself stepped up to take the PK, but he slammed it into the crossbar to keep the game 0-0.
Thursday, December 22 América vs Tigres UANL – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes América (5th) will host the first leg of the Gran Final just days after flying home from Japan, where the Águilas finished fourth in the 2016 Club World Cup. That tournament caused a lengthy delay between the semifinals and the final, and América will hope that staying match-fit will offset the effects of fatigue and international travel; Tigres UANL will be rested, but possibly rusty after not having any competitive matches for 18 days.