Tigres reach final after 3-1 aggregate victory over Leon

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Goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Lucas Zelarayan led Tigres to yet another Liga MX final as they defeated Leon 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura.

Tigres went into the game with a measure of confidence having beaten La Fiera 1-0 in the first leg, but it was the visitors who took the early initiative of the game.

After just 17 minutes, Luis Montes struck a superb half-volley past Nahuel Guzman to draw Leon leveled on the aggregate score.

Outplayed, Tigres gradually worked their way into the game, and Andre-Pierre Gignac came to the rescue at the stroke of halftime. The Frenchman collected a Jorge Ivan Estrada pass inside the box and picked out the bottom corner of the net to score the go-ahead goal.

But Leon continued to mean business, and after Luis Montes came close to grabbing a brace, Tigres were fortunate not to concede a second when the ref called back what appeared a legitimate goal from the visitors. Replays later showed the ball had crossed line of the field before being headed in.

With 12 minutes remaining, substitute Lucas Zelarayan made sure of the victory when he sent a curling effort past William Yarbrough to kill of any hope of a Leon fightback.

With their place in the final now sealed, Tigres will wait for the winner of Club America and Necaxa’s semifinal clash on Sunday.

 

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