Tigres became the first Mexican team in five years to reach the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores as Ricardo Ferretti’s men defeated Emelec 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Tigres went into the clash with a 1-0 deficit after losing to the Ecuadorian side in the first leg, and the Monterrey giants needed a win to book their place in the semis.
The Mexicans took it the visitors in the early stages and enjoyed most of the possession. After only six minutes, Rafael Sobis deflected a Torres Nilo cross following a free-kick to give Tigres the equalizer in the aggregate scoreline.
The hosts came close again on a number of occasions but could not find a way past the Emelec defense until the 80th minute.
Sobis carved open the Emelec defense after a short corner and sent a teasing cross towards the middle of the box. Jose Arturo Rivas broke free to tap in the game-winning goal and send the Estadio Universitario into delirium.
Tigres will now have a small break and resume tournament play in July as they await the winner of the Independiente Santa Fe vs. Internacional tie.