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Gignac powers Tigres into Liguilla semifinals after crushing Monterrey

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice as Tigres secured their very first Liguilla victory over Monterrey, crushing their rivals 6-1 on aggregate.

Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s men arrived to this game with a comfortable 4-1 lead to their name, with Monterrey needing three goals to have any chance of progressing to the semifinals stage.

Rayados emerged as the better side from the opening whistle, but in truth struggled to find rhythm against a Tigres side happy to absorb pressure and hit on the counter.

When the game looked to be heading goalless at the break, Andre-Pierre Gignac, scorer of two goals in the first leg, made his presence known by scoring a marvelous free kick past Hugo Gonzalez. The goal essentially sealing the tie in Tigres’ favor.

Things would get worse not better for Monterrey, and in the 68th minute, Gignac again took his chance in front of goal to put the overall scoreline at 6-1.

With Monterrey more interested in the arrival of the final whistle, the end brought the Rayados their first ever elimination at the hand of arch-rivals Tigres.