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Tigres down Club America in goal-fest

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Sosa and Zelarayán both score braces in Tigres 4-2 win.

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Two goals from Ismael Sosa and Lucas Zelarayán secured Tigres a big 4-2 victory over Club America.

It took all but 14 minutes for Tigres to find the opening goal of the match. Jurgen Damm lifted a ball expertly behind the Club America defense. The pass found Ismael Sosa, who still had it all to do. He let the ball bounce a couple of times before firing it past Augustin Marchesin’s at the near post.

Five minutes later, however, the match was level thanks to Oribe Peralta. He received the ball at the semi-circle before evading a couple of Tigres’ defenders to get inside the area. Peralta then let his right foot place a deft chip into the back of the net.

At the half hour mark, Andre-Pierre Gignac came inches to restoring Tigres’ lead. But Gignac barely missed the target.

There was eventually a second goal scored by the home side nine minutes from the halftime interval. Zelarayán lined up a free kick from an acute angle on the left side of the pitch. He then proceeded to curl a sublime free kick into the upper right corner.

Starting the second half, it was Club America who came out with high intensity as they looked to find that equalizing goal.

It came in the 49th minute through a set piece opportunity. Miguel Samudio sent a perfect delivery to the middle of the 18-yard-box. There, Bruno Valdez flew through the air, connected with the cross and hammered it past the Tigres’ goalkeeper.

That stalemate did not last very long at all, as Tigres restored their lead ten minutes into the second half. Zelarayán found his second of the match to give the home side a 3-2 lead.

With seven minutes remaining, the hosts killed off the match. Club America’s Edson Álvarez blocked a shot, but the deflection fell perfectly to Sosa, who chipped his effort up and over the helpless America goalkeeper.