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Tigres let the win slip in the last minute of the game, but they leave Pachuca with a crucial away goal in the inagural game of the Liguilla Quarter-finals.
It was a rather disappointing first half. Wing-play is an important part in both team’s attacking schemes, and as proof, Jurgen Damm and Damian Alvarez looked like the most dangerous players for both teams.
Tigres looked more than happy to disrupt the midfield and keep the game close. Pachuca’s main creator in the midfield , Dieter Villalpando, was completely crowded out the game.
Dueñas should had been sent off for Tigres in the first half for a bad tackle,and the first half came and went.
Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti decided to switch personnel around for the second half. Gerardo Lugo was a non-factor in the game, and Herculez Gomez showed very little. Ferretti opted for an additional midfielder with more defensive qualities, and placed a winger as the main striker.
The plan worked as a charm when Hernan Burbano galloped down the right-hand side in a counter-attack and crossed the ball into the box. Fortunately for Burbano, it was a Pachuca defender, Rodrigo Salinas, who pushed the ball into the net. Tigres had taken the lead in the 49th minute.
Tigres started to increasingly look more defensive, and Enrique Meza decided to make a few changes of his own. It wasn’t Villalpando’s best game, and Diego Buonanotte came into the game. Pachuca, however, looked predictable and without any clear idea at the final end.
In the 92nd minute, Pachuca mounted the pressure and a cross into the box was luckily met by Tigres defender Hugo Ayala to make it 1-1. It was the second own-goal of the game, and the second game in a row where Pachuca sneak in an injury-time goal despite not playing very good soccer.
Pachuca still need a win in Monterrey to go to the next round, and Tigres take an important away goal home. The return leg will be this Saturday.