The second semifinal matchup features the classic #1 offense vs. #1 defense pairing, with Tijuana & Tigres each looking to advance to the Gran Final. The champs got the better of the first game as Tigres took a 2-0 win at home. Lucas Zelarayan & Javier Aquino scored quick back-to-back goals just before halftime to account for the scoring. Tigres did the rest in shutting down Tijuana’s offense while holding a definite offensive edge. The result means Tijuana will need to win by at least 3 goals in Game 2 to advance outright to the finals, or by 2 if it’s a 2-0 result.
Goals-Lucas Zelarayan (Tigres, 41′, 1st of playoffs), Javier Aquino (Tigres, 44′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, Tijuana 2
Corner kicks-Tigres 4, Tijuana 1
Amarillas-Tigres 3 (Anselmo Junior, 21′, Alberto Acosta, 60′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 65′), Tijuana 1 (Hiram Munoz, 38′)
Venue; Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,423 (99.5% capacity)
Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Tijuana