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Aquino goal earns Tigres a draw in Pachuca

Monterrey v Tigres UANL - Torneo Clausura 2019 LIga MX Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

Javier Aquino’s deflected goal earned Tigres a 1-1 draw at Pachuca in their 2019 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla Quarterfinals First Leg.

It had looked like it was going to be a difficult night for the Felinos after Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez scored inside his own net in the 19th minute.nBut only three minutes had to pass before Tigres equalized. Javier Aquino beat Pachuca’s goalkeeper, Alfonso Blanco, with a shot from outside the box that deflected off Erick Aguirre.

Los Tuzos were much improved after conceding and came close to retaking the lead when an Edwin Cardona free-kick forced Nahuel Guzman to a fingertip save.

Franco Jara was the next Pachuca player to test Guzman after the striker failed to put the ball into the back of the net in a 1 v. 1 situation inside the box.

Although they tired as the game went on, Pachuca had been the better side in the first half and continued to have the better chances in the second. Nahuel Guzman, who rapidly became the hero of the game for Tigres, had to be called into action again following a shot from Leonardo Ulloa.

Cardona and Angelo Sagal then had further efforts thwarted by the big Argentine keeper.

At the end, the draw leaves Tigres with a valuable away goal, as everything is set to be decided on Saturday at the Estadio Universitario.