The second playoff matchup tonight featured the latest installment of the Universitario Clasico between Pumas & Tigres, and as is often the case the Felinos played a tight, hard-fought match that ended in a 2-2 tie at Estadio Olimpico Universitario. Tigres drew first blood with an Ismael Sosa goal in the 7th minute, but they gave up a penalty kick goal to Pablo Barrera in the 34th minute which put Pumas on the board. Jurgen Damm put Tigres back in front moments into the second half but Fidel Martinez pulled Pumas back even in the 65th minute and that’s how the physical matchup ended up score-wise. Tempers really flared in the 75th minute when Luis Fuentes appeared to take Damm down hard in mid-air as they both went up for a header. Both were quickly issued Amarillas and had to be separated by players from both sides.
Although the game ended in a tie Tigres does come away with the two big away goals that are the first playoff tiebreaker-if the second game also ends in a tie Pumas must score at least 3 goals to advance (if it winds up 2-2 again then we probably will have another 30 minutes of play, and if it’s still tied then a shootout), otherwise it will be winner-take-all and if the past is any indication, it should make for more great soccer.
Goals-Isamel Sosa (Tigres, 7′, 1st of playoffs), Pablo Barrera (Pumas, 34′, 1st of playoffs-Penalty Kick), Jurgen Damm (Tigres, 47′, 1st of playoffs), Fidel Martinez (Pumas, 65′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner kicks-Pumas 1, Tigres 1
Amarillas-Pumas 3 (Miguel Palacios, 53′, Luis Fuentes, 75′, Santiago Palacios, 90+1′), Tigres 3 (Anselmo Junior, 33′, Jurgen Damm, 75′, Jesus Dunas, 86′)
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Distrito Federal, Mexico City
Attendance: 34,835 (59.9% capacity)
Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres