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Tigres thump Club America 3-0 to reach third straight Liga MX Final

Tigres will make their historic third straight league final after an emphatic 3-0 win over Club America.

A Juninho penalty in the first leg inspired Tigres to a 1-0 win in the first leg, which meant Club America came into this second game needing to score two goals to have any chance of reaching the final.

As expected, struggling Club America had more of the ball possession, but Tigres threatened to pile more woe on the azulcremas, with Eduardo Vargas and Andre-Pierre Gignac coming closest to scoring from long range in the first half.

In an encouraging opening spell in the second period, Gignac almost grabbed the game’s breakthrough when he rattled the post.

But Club America responded to the early scare with a golden opportunity when Carlos Darwin Quintero, with just the goalkeeper to beat, fired just inches wide of Nahuel Guzman’s left post.

Tigres seized on Quintero’s blown chance, and just three minutes later, Enner Valencia fired in the series’ second goal, to put the aggregate score 2-0 in favor of the hosts.

Things then went from bad to worse for las Aguilas when Guido Rodriguez was sent off with a second yellow, and moments later, Edson Alvarez received his marching orders with a straight red, leaving Club America down to nine men.

Valencia essentially sealed the tie when he scored into an empty net, following a Gignac pass on a breakaway.

The one-way action, though, continued and a penalty was called for a Diego Lainez tackle on Jurgen Damm. Gignac stepped up and rounded off an impressive win by blasting home his side's third goal of the night.

Tigres will now wait and see who they will face in the Liga MX Final, as the other finalist between Monterrey and Monarcas Morelia is to be determined.