Match: CF Monterrey v Tigres UANL
Date: March 9th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM CST, 8:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer
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Just in case the stakes in the CONCACAF Champions League weren’t big enough for both Tigres and Monterrey, the teams will now take on each other in the Clásico Regio at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer with the two teams occupying the top two spots in the Liga MX table.
This is the biggest game of the season for both clubs, and there will be plenty of tension surrounding this match, with both clubs knowing that a win in the match would send them top of the table, and loss would result in the loss of city pride.
On top of those issues, both clubs are in the middle of quarterfinal ties, with Tigres taking on the Houston Dynamo of MLS and Monterrey taking on the defending MLS champions Atlanta United. Both teams picked up good wins in the first leg, but Monterrey face a difficult road match in Atlanta coming up next week and while Tigres take a 2-0 lead into El Volcán, a quick away goal from Houston could make life interesting for Tigres.
The biggest news before today’s match is the absence of André-Pierre Gignac for Tigres. Gignac is one of the best strikers in North America and Liga MX, but much like Monterrey, Tigres are a deep team. Edu Vargas, Enner Valencia, and Julián Quiñones are still available, meaning that this will still be a difficult team to break down.
The reverse fixture featured some fan violence before the match, so let’s hope that cooler heads prevail this time around and no one gets hurt going to see their favorite team play soccer. It’s 2019 and it’s embarrassing to have to have to write about hooligans or ultras attacking each other, but here we are. Hopefully the police are ready and steps will be taken to prevent, as much as anyone can, any violence between fans.
This should be a great match, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see these two teams face off again in the Liguilla or in the finals of the CCL.