A second half Bruno Valdez goal earned Club America a draw as Ricardo La Volpe’s men held Tigres to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their 2016 Liga MX Final clash.
Las Aguilas arrived to this game on the back of a fourth place finish in the Club World Cup, while Tigres were playing their first competitive match in more than two weeks.
Despite the lack of competition, the visitors started brightly and pressed for the opener in the opening minutes of the match.
However, Club America recovered and earned a controversial penalty in the 26th minute when Oribe Peralta draw a tackle inside the box. The same Oribe Peralta stepped up, but the crossbar denied las Aguilas of the opener.
French frontman Andre-Pierre Gignac then slid past Paolo Goltz on the left wing before nutmegging Moises Munoz to give Tigres the lead.
In the second half, Club America went on the offensive and eventually drew leveled in the 68th minute. Bruno Valdez, who was partly to blame for Tigres’ first goal, responded by tapping home a Michael Arroyo corner to level the score.
Moments later, Andre-Pierre Gignac was stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious injury, further spoiling Tigres night.
Ricardo Lavolpe’s men finished the match strongly as the hosts looked for a late winner.
However, at the final whistle both sides settled for the 1-1 draw ahead of the second leg on Sunday at the Estadio Universitario.