Apertura 2016 Semifinals: Tigres 1, Leon 0

On a day where soccer continued to come to grips with the deadly plane crash in Colombia that killed members of a Brazil soccer team, the Liguilla semifinals commenced in Leon, beginning with a tribute to the crash victims at midfield with both teams’ starters and the officials gathered in a semicircle around a child releasing a while balloon into the air in memory of the victims, with many fans in the stadium waving white towels during the proceedings. Players also wore black ribbons on their uniforms. A similar tribute was held before the first game of the Ascenso MX Finals tonight. As for the game itself, Andre-Pierre Gignac continued his postseason resurgence for Tigres, as his 55th minute goal, his 4th in the last 2 playoff games, was the only tally in a 1-0 Tigres road victory at Leon. The second game is this weekend, with an away goal now in hand Tigres only needs to win or play to a 0-0 tie to advance to their second straight Apertura Gran Final, while Leon will need to win by at least 2 goals to advance to the finals, although a 1-0 win would force extra time.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 55′, 4th of playoffs)
Shota on Goal-Tigres 3
Corner kicks-Leon 7, Tigres 7
Amarillas-Tigres 2 (Jurgen Damm, 36′, Guido Pizarro, 45′), Leon 2 (Leonel Lopez, 23′, Luis Montes, 60′)

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajuato
Attendance: 26.553 (84.8% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres