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2016 Liga MX Apertura: Five Conclusions from the Final

 
1) Centenary season with failed objectives.

There is no other way around it for las Aguilas. No Copa MX title, no Club World Cup, and no Liga MX title. If this were baseball, it would be three strikes and you are out.

From where Club America came from this season, changing coaches midway through the tournament and struggling to string together a decent style of play, it was a superb effort. But when you plan on winning big things for your “Centenario” going trophyless can only be described as a failure.

In coming days, as America reflect on the last six months, questions should be asked about the failure of the higher-ups to deliver on their promises.

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Club America hit back to earn 1-1 draw with Tigres in Liga MX final first leg

Ciudad de México, 22 de diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido de ida de la Final del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Aguilas del América y los Tigres de la UANL, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Álvaro Paulin.

Ciudad de México, 22 de diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido de ida de la Final del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Aguilas del América y los Tigres de la UANL, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Álvaro Paulin.

 
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.

 

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.

 

Andre-Pierre Gignac strike enough for Tigres in semifinal first leg at Leon

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Andre-Pierre Gignac’s second goal secured Tigres a 1-0 advatange after defeating Leon at the Nou Camp in the first leg of their 2016 Liga MX Apertura semifinal clash.

Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s side came into the contest full of confidence after beating Pumas UNAM 5-0 in their last game, while Leon’s morale had taken a blow after nearly squandering a 3-0 lead against Xolos de Tijuana.

Leon were unusually subdued for most of the early stages of the game, and after the scoreless first half, they were punished for a slow start. Ismael Sosa crossed for Andre-Pierre Gignac to strike past William Yarbrough to give Tigres the lead.

Seconds later, Leon missed what proved to be their biggest chance of the game. Fernando Navarro swept a cross for Mauro Boselli in the center of the penalty area, but the Argentine mistimed his header to send the chance begging.

The visitors almost doubled their advantage late in the game, but at the final whistle, Tigres were the happier of the two teams ahead of their second leg at the Estadio Universitario, where Leon wil have to score two goals to have any chance of progressing to the final.

 

Tigres thrash Pumas UNAM 5-0 to advance to Liga MX semifinals

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After taking an away goal advantage from the first leg, Tigres finished the job in stunning fashion on Saturday night as they scored five against Pumas UNAM to qualify to the semifinals of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura.

The visitors put up a spirited fight in the opening minutes of the game, but Tigres took an early lead courtesy of Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s side never looked back and got into their effective stride, scoring a second through a Dario Veron own goal.

After the interval, Pumas were again on top of the possession, but it was Tigres who was scoring the goals as Andre-Pierre Gignac grabbed his second of the night from a superb Jurgen Damm pass.

Gignac finished off his hat-trick when he combined with fellow Frenchman, Andy Delort, moments later to put things at 6-2 on aggregate.

Finally, Delort then followed up with a goal of his own to put the icing on the cake of a marvelous performance by Tigres.