It was Tigres who came out on top in the first leg of the Liga MX Final by defeating Club Ameria 1-0 at the Estadio Universitario. Joffre Guerron headed the winner in the 64th minute and gave Tigres the advantage for the second leg.
It was a more lively start to the game than most people had expected. They were studious first few minutes, yes, but there was a nice pace to the game. From the start, Tigres manager, Ricardo Ferretti, made it a task for his attackers to constantly beleaguer America’s right-back, Ventura Alvarado.
It wasn’t the best game for Alvarado. The American came in to replace Paul Aguilar in the starting lineup, but he was a constant target for the Tigres attack. The America manager, Antonio Mohamed, failed to readjust, and America’s right-side proved to be a liability.
It was Club America, however, who would have the first shot on target. In the 13th minute, Miguel Layun would unleash a shot from a free-kick next to the left corner flag, forcing Nahuel Guzman to tip the ball over the bar.
In the 24th minute, in one of Tigres’ first meaningful attacks of the game, Joffren Guerron would power his way through the right wing and force the America goalkeeper to his first save.
Nonetheless, the game quickly toned down in pace; Tigres had overwhelming possession of the ball, but the little they produced were easy saves for the America goalkeeper Moises Munoz.
The game would end scoreless at the half, but it wouldn’t take long for Tigres to give their first warning. A minute into the second half, Damian Alvarez would nutmeg an America defender on the left wing and force the America goalkeeper to a brilliant save. The shot was a forewarning for things to come.
In the 63rd minute, Jesus Duenas would receive the ball in the midfield and open up to the play to the left wing. This time around, Damian Alavarez would receive the ball, take on his defender, and curl the ball into the center of the box. Joffren Guerron would be there to meet the cross with a powerful header for the 1-0 and send the Estadio Universitario into a frenzy.
It was the type of game which Antonio Mohamed might want to take back. Bombarded by rumors that his replacement is already in place, he was guilty of some questionable decisions.
Rubens Sambueza made his return from injury in the 76th minute, but not very much would change.
At the final whistle, it was a deserved win for Tigres. They are now 90 minuets away from winning the Championship, and Club America will need to make some changes if they want to win their 12th title at home. The return leg is set to be played this Sunday.