The Gran Final kicked off tonight, and for 83 minutes it looked like two things that hadn’t yet happened this postseason would happen-Tigres wouldn’t score and Tigres wouldn’t win. Guadalajara was well on their way to a shutout win and being halfway to the title, but things took a dramatic turn in the final minutes and what looked like at least a 2-0 Chivas win turned into a 2-2 tie. Guadalajara got goals from Alan Pulido & Rodolfo Pizarro to take a 2-0 lead into the second half, and it held up until the 84th minute. Much to the delight of the Tigres faithful, Andre-Pierre Gignac then decided to re-discover his magic after being held scoreless in the semifinals and scored two unanswered goals just 3 minutes apart to salvage the tie and set up the winner-take-all second game Sunday. And no team may be pulling for Tigres harder than Tijuana, because if Tigres does win the Championship, Tijuana gets to play them in the Campeon de Campeones. And America may want the Chivas to win because they would replace them in SUPERCOPA MX. Either way someone will get an extra big game before next year starts.
Goals-Alan Pulido (Guadalajara, 22′, 1st of playoffs), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 41′, 1st of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac 2 (Tigres, 84′, 87′, 6th of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 3
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 4, Tigres 2
Amarillas-Guadalajara 2 (Rodolfo Cota, 78′, Miguel Ponce, 83′), Tigres 1 (Jesus Duenas, 90+3′)
Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,625 (100.02% capacity)-SELLOUT
Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Guadalajara