Match: Tigres UANL vs. Club América
Date: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 5:00 PM Pacific, 1:00 AM UTC
Venue: Estadio Universitario “El Volcán” (San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León)
Las Águilas find their season as well as their quest for historic title number thirteen hanging by a thread after another uninspired offensive performance during the first leg of their semifinals clash Tigres on Wednesday night in the historic Estadio Azteca.
From the very start of the match, Club América played second fiddle to a far superior visiting Tigres squad. Enner Valencia, Edu Vargas, André-Pierre Gignac and company ran circles around the Águilas midfield and defense generating a ton of chances throughout the match. However, due to some early heroics from the Club América backline and some lackadaisical finishing on the offensive side Tigres were unable to score from the run of play in the first half. A dubious penalty straight out of halftime in favor of Tigres (converted by Juninho) was the difference in the match. Las Águilas should thank their lucky stars that the final scoreline wasn’t worse than 1-0.
Miguel Herrera must be scratching his head trying to figure out why his team have been unable to score in three straight matches of liguilla action. There have been opportunities to score during their liguilla matches, but Darwin Quintero, Cecilio Dominguez, and Oribe Peralta have all been unable to put the ball into the back of the net. Now, in order to advance to the finals, las Águilas have to score as many goals as they have in their past six games (2) without allowing one of the most powerful teams in all of the Americas to score in a very hostile environment at el Volcán.
Tuca Ferreti and Tigres are in the driver’s seat of the semifinals following their away victory at historic Estadio Azteca. The superpower Tigres also have the massive benefit of closing out the semifinals at home with their incredibly boisterous and passionate fans. It would have been hard for Club América to get a result against Tigres wherever they played, but at home Tigres are a simply unreal. There should be absolutely no reason for Tigres not to easily advance to the finals against the offensively struggle Club América.