The Clausura 2017 Gran Fiesta kicked off tonight with the 2-7 matchup, and the first half of the Battle of Monterrey was decidedly 1-sided as the resurgent Tigres began their quest for a season sweep with a 4-1 dominating of Monterrey at home. Andre-Pierre Gignac continued his recent scoring surge with 2 goals, first scoring in the 19th minute and then adding a 68th minute header. Jesus Duenas scored the other 2 goals, first kicking one in off a Monterrey save then adding another one just before the game ended. Cesar Montes broke up the shutout at the end right before Duenas’ second goal. Monterrey was very rough on the field and it showed with their SIX Amarillas and, in the 82nd minute, Jesus Di Nigris got caught with a horse-collar jersey grab & takedown-Rojas! HE GONE!
With this result, Monterrey will need to win Game 2 by at least 4 goals to advance, or 3 if they can win by a 3-0 shutout (the one goal tonight would give them the first tiebreaker, away goals).
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac 2 (Tigres, 19′, 68′, 2nd of playoffs), Jesus Duenas 2 (Tigres, 44′, 90+1′, 2nd of playoffs), Cesar Montes (Monterrey, 90′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 1
Corner kicks-Monterrey 6, Tigres 5
Amarillas-Monterrey 6 (Dorlan Pabon, 42′, Rogelio Funes Mori, 50′, Celso Ortiz, 53′, Jesus Molina, 72′, Montes, 79′, Efrain Juarez, 85′), Tigres 1 (Javier Aquino, 89′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Jesus Di Nigres, 82′)
Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de la Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,612 (99.99% capacity). Just 3 fans short of a sellout
Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Monterrey