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Tigres crowned Liga MX champions after beating Pumas 4-2 on penalties

Tigres survived a thrilling encounter at Ciudad Universitaria as Ricardo Ferretti's side beat Pumas UNAM 4-2 on penalties to win the 2015 Liga MX Apertura.

After the first leg ended 3-0 in favor of Tigres, the second leg was played in stunning fashion. Eduardo Herrera scored the first of three Pumas goals in the 45th minute, but Andre-Pirre Gignac scored in the first extra-time period to give Tigres the lead. Gerardo Alcoba then equalized for Pumas in the second extra time period before Tigres eventually conquered their fourth league title on penalties.

It took Pumas 45 minutes to get on the board when a nice attacking move from a breakaway led to Eduardo Herrera slotting behind Nahuel Guzman to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Pumas then wasted no time in grabbing a second. In the 55th minute, Matias Britos got on the end of a Fidel Martinez cross and headed home to get Pumas within one.

As the second half wound down do its last five minutes, Pumas earned a corner kick. Substitute Silvio Torales rose above his marker and headed past Guzman to send the Estadio Universitario into delirium.

Just moment later, though, the home crowd was momentarily quieted when Eduardo Herrera was sent off for a second yellow as both teams went to extra time tied at 3-3 on aggregate.

Andre-Pierre Gignac looked dangerous all night and in the 103rd minute, the Tigres number 10 gathered a ball down masterfully inside the box before rifling his shot into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

But there was time for one last dramatic moment in the game. In the 119th minute, Gerardo Alcoba found himself at point-blank range from a corner kick, and the Uruguayan smashed the ball home to level the game at an incredible 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

On penalties, Fidel Martinez and Javier Cortes missed for Pumas as Tigres converted all of theirs to lift the trophy in a Liga MX final for the ages.

Tigres' fourth league titles equals that of their crosstown rivals Rayados. The win was also Ricardo Ferretti's fourth league title as a manager in Liga MX, capping off a great year for the Brazilian after leading the Mexico national team to a Confederations Cup berth back in November.