Club América and Tigres settled for a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Universitario on Saturday. Los Felinos were unable to take advantage of their home field days after having eliminated Las Águilas in the Semifinals of the Leagues Cup.
Pre-match, all eyes were set on Guillermo Ochoa, who was making his first start for Las Águilas since returning to Liga MX. But Ochoa’s presence took a backseat midway through the first half when Luis Quiñones scored from a tight angle to put Tigres in front.
Brimming with confidence, Quiñones nearly doubled the lead moments later after blasting the ball above Ochoa and into the crossbar.
By now, it was clear América were not having the most enjoyable of games, with Enner Valencia coming narrowly wide of grabbing his own goal.
At the restart, Valencia once again came close through a dangerous counterattack, as the Tigres attackers were seen constantly running at the América defense.
However, despite their dominance, the side from Nuevo León lacked composure in their finishing and they would be made paid in the 61st minute. Sebastian Cordova would appear unmarked from a Roger Martinez diagonal to fire in the equalizer.
At the end, Cordova’s goal would be enough to earn Las Águilas a point in a match in which coach Miguel Herrera will be concerned by how long it took for his team to react. Next, América will take on Pachuca at the Estadio Azteca, while Tigres will will visit Atlas.