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Tigres 1-1 Pachuca
After a 1-1 draw in Hidalgo, Pachuca needed a win in Monterrey to place themselves in the Liga MX semifinals, but Tigres did just enough to see themselves through. The score was 2-2 on aggregate, but Tigres’s better positioning in the table meant they advanced.
Things wouldn’t go as planned early for Tigres. In the 22nd minute, Ariel Nahuelpan would take advantage of a defender’s slip and score a peculiar goal with his back.
After that goal, Tigres was the team in necessity of a goal, and it wouldn’t take them long to find it. In the 37th minute, Hugo Ayala would find a lucky rebound in the box and equalize the score.
It was a sweet personal revenge for Hugo Ayala who scored the last minute own-goal in the first leg.
Tigres came close to winning the game when a “Gringo” Torres shot hit the crossbar in the 71st minute. It was the kind of balanced performance that you come to expect from a Ricardo Ferretti side.
Pachuca would suffer from the same lack of attacking creativity they did in the first-leg. Despite fielding a very attacking formation for the second half, there was little fluency to their play.
At the end, the scoreline would not move, and Tigres now await their rivals for their semifinal affair. They join America in the top 4 of the Liga MX.