Apertura 2016 Semifinals: Tigres 2, Leon 1

The first ticket to the Gran Final was punched tonight in Monterrey, and the game between Tigres & Leon was again a tale of two halves in what turned out to be a 2-1 Tigres win. Leon scored first to pull all even on Luis Montes’ 15th minute goal, but then…who else? Andre-Pierre Gignac did it again, scoring his 5th playoff goal at the end of the first half to pretty much end it and put Tigres ahead for good. Second-half substitute Lucas Zelarayan added an insurance goal in the 77th minute for the final tally and a 3-1 aggregate win that sends Tigres to the Apertura Gran Final for the second straight year, where they will play either America or Necaxa. A potential Leon 2nd-half goal, which would have given them the lead at the time, was waved off due to the potential assisting player on the goal being just out of bounds on the pass before the score. Also of note, Leon substitute Andres Andrade somehow got himself one of the second-half Amarillas from the sidelines, apparently he had some choice words for the officials or something. The play-by-play feed on Liga MX’s website says he got ejected at the start of the second half but I can’t confirm that, I didn’t see it on the US TV feed. We’ll see what happens next week.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Montes (Leon, 15′, 2nd of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 45+1′, 5th of playoffs), Lucas Zelarayan (77′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner kicks-Leon 10, Tigres 3
Amarillas-Leon 5 (Leonel Lopez, 31′, Maximilliano Moralez, 40′, Andres Andrade, 70′-sideline warning, Mauro Boselli, 83′, Guillermo Burdisso, 84′), Tigres 3 (Jesus Duenas, 35′, Guido Pizarro, 56′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 88′)
Rojas-Leon 1 (Andres Andrade, before start of second half)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, Monterrey
Attendance: 41,523 (102.2% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Tigres-TBA vs. America or Necaxa on the Gran Final
Leon-Clausura 2017 Tournament