Tigres seemed to have the upper hand going into this one: a 2-1 aggregate lead, two away goals, and their positioning as the higher seed if it came down to that tiebreaker. But América came out attacking and before long they had the series turned on its head.
América seemed a little disjointed at the start; although they had more possession, they were unable to do much with it. Guido Rodríguez and Richard Sánchez seemed out of sync in midfield, which led to difficulty linking up with the attack.
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.
Despite numerous chances at both ends, neither Tigres UANL nor Pachuca could find the breakthrough as this one finished 0-0. The result puts Pachuca’s playoff hopes in jeopardy, while Tigres were already assured a spot in the upcoming Liguilla.
The goalkeepers were the stars of the game, with both Nahuel Guzmán and Rodrigo Rey making impressive stops to preserve their respective clean sheets. Tigres had the majority of possession in the first half, but Pachuca – who needed the win more urgently – kept the pressure on and had a chance or two on the break.
Tigres UANL earned a victory by the minimum difference over 10-man Toluca on Wednesday night. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, while the Diablos Rojos saw their own five-game unbeaten streak halted.
There were chances at both ends from the beginning, but when Tigres thought they had found the breakthrough, André-Pierre Gignac’s would-be goal was disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Toluca had opportunities as well, but Nahuel Guzmán made several good saves to keep them off the board, including an impressive one against Emmanuel Gigliotti in the 13th minute.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw. The result ends the universitarios’ three-game winning streak but keeps them unbeaten in four, while La Máquina remains winless in two.
The game started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in the 18th minute. Jonathan Rodríguez received the ball at the top of the box, turned, and shot past Nahuel Guzmán to make it 0-1 for Cruz Azul.
Guido Rodríguez of América and Jesús Dueñas of Tigres UANL were given one-game suspensions for serious foul play; Tigres filed a petition of non-conformity regarding Dueñas’s red card, but the petition was overturned and the suspension stands.
Maximiliano Salas of Necaxa was given a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
The Disciplinary Committee investigation into the violence that marred the San Luis vs Querétaro game is still ongoing.
Tigres UANL took advantage of Veracruz’s protest to take an early lead and win the game 1-3. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting winless streak to 40 games, while the universitarios have now won three in a row.
To protest against unpaid salaries, Veracruz players simply stood or knelt quietly on the field after the initial whistle, while the substitutes lined up along the sideline. They did not attempt to play the ball or interfere when Tigres had possession. The ball was initially played back to Sebastián Jurado, who kicked it away after a minute and a half when André-Pierre Gignac approached to pressure him. Tigres took advantage as soon as the ball was “in play”, with Eduardo Vargas scoring with a long-range shot seconds later – while the Veracruz players still remained frozen on the field.
Tigres were looking to build on last weekend’s rivalry win and get back to winning ways at home, while Santos wanted to reclaim first place in the table after Necaxa’s victory last night. It was the hosts who started off stronger, and it didn’t take long for Tigres to take the lead.
Tigres UANL claimed the bragging rights in this rivalry with a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the 123rd edition of the Clásico Regio. The result snaps a six-game winless run for the universitarios, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
Monterrey came out looking to get back to winning ways at home, but it was Tigres who had the first notable chance of the game. André-Pierre Gignac tested Marcelo Barovero with a shot from distance, which the keeper punched out for a corner kick.