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Tigres strike twice over Real Salt Lake, Galaxy and Santos in goalless stalemate

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

All the first leg Liga MX vs MLS CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match ups came to a close on Wednesday. Here is what happened.

Tigres 2-0 Real Salt Lake

Tigres scored twice in the second half to seize the advantage in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie with a 2-0 win at home over Real Salt Lake.

From the start, the Liga MX champions threatened to make life difficult for Real Salt Lake, who were playing their first competitive match of the season.

In the 45th minute, Tigres had a penalty after a Kyle Beckerman handball. Andre-Pierre Gignac stepped up only to see Nick Rimando make a great save.

Tigres, though, made their breakthrough on 67 minutes. A deep Rafael Sobis cross from a free kick dropped to Jose Rivas, who headed home to give the hosts the lead.

It was by then difficult for the visitors, and Jurgen Damm sealed the game in favor of Ricardo Ferretti's side. A corner gave Damm a simple tap-in to give Tigres a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg at Salt Lake City.


LA Galaxy 0-0 Santos Laguna

The LA Galaxy survived a second half surge from Santos Laguna to hold the Liga MX side to a goalless CONCACAF Champions League draw at the StubHub Center on Wednesday.

The hosts should had been ahead inside just a minute when Santos were caught napping on a corner. Jelle Van Damme raced on to Giovani Dos Santos' cross and forced Agustin Marchesin to a one-handed save.

In the 17th minute, Robbie Keane latched on to an over the top ball from Steven Gerrard but could only see his effort go well wide.

In the second half, Santos Laguna went forward in a bid to find a winner, but predictably, the Galaxy's defense proved tough to crack.

The best chance for Santos came in the 67th minute. Jesus Molina's volley from a corner looked headed goalwards but Giovani Dos Santos stood tall and cleared off the line to keep things leveled for the second leg.