Apertura 2017 Finals Game 2 Results: Tigres 2, Monterrey 1

The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is now in the books, and the winner…and now the 3-TIME CHAMPION, is Tigres after handing Monterrey their first and only loss at home this half 2-1. Monterrey took the early quick lead on Dorlan Pabon’s 2nd minute goal, but Eduardo Vargas & Francisco Meza scored unanswered goals in the 29th & 33rd minute, while sealing the win when Aviles Hurtado was denied on a PENAL! in the 82nd minute. Monterrey had 6+ minutes of extra time to tie it up but may have been done in near the end when Neri Cardozo drew a Rojas! HE GONE! That means he starts the second half on the sidelines. Amazingly, that was the only card issued in the game. As a result, Tigres wins by a 3-2 margin and claims their 3rd straight Apertura Championship and will go for the league 3-peat next summer. All is not lost for the Rayados though, they still can win some hardware as they will play Pachuca in a couple weeks for the COPA MX Apertura 2017 title, but the big one eludes them yet again.

Game Stats:
Goals-Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 2′, 1st of playoffs), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 29′, 1st of playoffs), Francisco Meza (Tigres, 33′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 2, Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 7, Tigres 3
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Neri Cardozo, 90+5′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 52,067 (101.4% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up: Clausura 2018 Tournament


Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from the Apertura 2017 Gran Final Game 1. As noted in the results there were 2 ejections, one from each team: Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni & Tigres’ Hugo Ayala each got 2 Amarillas and will sit out Game 2, ending their seasons. There were 12 total cards issued.

The list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
Amarillas-Jose Basanta, John Medina (repeat rule violations), Jesus Molina, Carlos Sanchez (dissent by word or action), Rogelio Funes Mori, Leonel Vangioni
Rojas-Leonel Vangioni (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Amarillas-Hugo Ayala, Jesus Duenas, Luis Rodriguez (repeat rule violations), Nahuel Guzman (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Hugo Ayala (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1 Results: Tigres 1, Monterrey 1

Game 1 of the Apertura 2017 Finals has just reached halftime, more to come later but at the halfway point Tigres & Monterrey are tied at 1-1. Monterrey’s goal came on a Nicolas Sanchez corner kick header in the 7th minute, while Tigres tied it up on a Enner Valencia PENAL! in the 25th minute after Rogelio Funes Mori drew one of the 2 Amarillas by Monterrey so far (Tigres also has 2).

UPDATE: And that’s how it ended. 1-1. Lots of Amarillas in the second half and more in the final 10 minutes-in the 87th minute Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni picked up the first Rojas! HE GONE! Not to be outdone, 4 minutes later TIgres’ Hugo Ayala picked up his own Rojas! HE GONE! Both players’ finals and tournaments are over because of the automatic suspensions.
The result sets up a winner-take-all Game 2 Sunday in Monterrey. If it winds up a tie though, we will have 30 extra minutes of play to settle it (there are no tiebreakers in the final).

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Sanchez (Monterrey, 7′, 1st of playoffs), Enner Valencia (Tigres, 25′, 3rd of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, Monterrey 3
Amarillas-Monterrey 6 (Rogelio Funes Mori, 24′, Jose Basanta, 30′, Carlos Sanchez, 57′, Leonel Vangioni, 73′, John Medina, 80′, Jesus Molina, 90+2′), Tigres 4 (Luis Rodriguez, 35′, Nahuel Guzman, 41′, Jesus Duenas, 64′, Hugo Ayala, 84′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Vangioni, 87′), Tigres 1 (Ayala, 90+1′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,602 (99.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey

Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Tigres 3, America 0

The first ticket to the Gran Final was punched tonight, and for Tigres the three-peat is within reach. The champs easily cruised into their 3rd straight Apertura Finals with a 3-0 win over America. The first half was scoreless but Tigres took over and America fell apart after halftime-Enner Valencia scored his first of 2 goals in the 55th minute, then after play resumed Guido Rodriguez picked up his second of 2 Amarillas in the game, meaning a Rojas! HE GONE! With America now down a man, it got even worse-5 minutes later Edson Alvarez got over-aggressive & tangled up with Valencia while fighting for the ball, and Alvarez got caught kicking Valencia in the ding-ding! Which means Rojas! HE GONE! America was now TWO down! Valencia scored his 2nd a few minutes later, then Andre-Pierre Gignac scored is first of the playoffs on a PENAL! With the 4-0 total aggregate win, Tigres will now wait to find out if they will play cross-town rivals Monterrey or more distant Morelia in the finals.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enner Valencia 2 (Tigres, 55′, 71′, 2nd of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 75′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, America 4
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, America 2
Amarillas-America 5 (Guido Rodriguez, 34′, Paul Aguilar, 39′, Oribe Peralta, 61′, Agustin Marchesin, 66′, Darwin Quintero, 69′), Tigres 2 (Jesus Duenas, 33′, Jorge Torres, 45′)
Rojas-America 2 (Rodriguez, 59′, Edson Alvarez, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,580 (99.2% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-TBA vs. Monterrey or Morelia in Finals
America-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 1 Results: Tigres 1, America 0

The semifinals began tonight with the first game of Tigres-America, a rematch of last year’s Apertura 2016 Gran Final. It was, as expected, a physical & spirited game that was very close all the way, but in the end the champs came away with a 1-0 win on the road. The difference was an Anselmo Junior PENAL! in the 48th minute. With the victory, and more importantly the road goal, Tigres heads home with a huge advantage in Game 2, and as of now virtually every tiebreaker. America must win Game 2 by at least 2 goals to prevent the champs from moving one step away from the Apertura 3-peat.

Game Stats:
Goals-Anselmo Junior (Tigres, 48′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 5, America 2
Corner Kicks-Tigres 8, America 4
Amarillas-Tigres 3 (Rafael De Souza, 18′, Jorge Torres, 26′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 68′), America 3 (Bruno Valdez, 48′, Paul Aguilat, 59′, Agustin Marchesin, 90+2′)

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 31,566 (38.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres

Apertura 2017 Quarterflnals Game 2 Results: Tigres 1, Leon 1

In the first of the quarterfinals Game 2s, Tigres hosted Leon in the second half of their series. It turned out exactly like the first one, another 1-1 tie. Andre-Pierre Gignac scored his first playoff goal of the year for Tigres in the 19th minute, while Andres Mosquera scored the lone Leon goal in the 24th minute. The series ended in a 2-2 tie, and every previous tiebreaker category was even, so it came down to regular season rankings-by virtue of being #2 against #7, Tigres wins. The champs are now one step closer to the three-peat and will wait to see who they play next. The one definite team they will not play, should they advance, is Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 19′, 1st of playoffs), Andres Mosquera (Leon, 24′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, Leon 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 4
Amarillas-Tigres 4 (Gignac, 21′, Rafael de Souza, 73′, Jesus Duenas, 79′, Eduardo Vargas, 84′), Leon 3 (Jose Rodriguez, 48′, Anres Andrade, 82′, William Yarbrough, 84′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,159 (98.2% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-TBA in Semifinals
Leon-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Leon 1, Tigres 1

The second half of tonight’s playoff doubleheader was the first game of the 2-7 matchup, that being Tigres continuing it’s 3-peat quest at Leon. On paper the champs dominated, but on the scoreboard the result was a 1-1 tie. After a scoreless first half, Mauro Boselli put Leon ahead with a 57th minute goal, while Tigres pulled even on an Eduardo Vargas goal in the 74th minute. The result sets up a winner-take-all Game 2, but if it’s another 1-1 tie they will likely need extra time or penalty kicks to settle it.

Game Stats:
Goals-Mauro Boselli (Leon, 57′, 1st of playoffs), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 74′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 3
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3
Amarillas-Leon 2 (Alexander Mejia, 40′, Juan Gonzalez, 90′), Tigres 1 (Rafael de Souza, 52′)

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajuato
Attendance: 15,005 (47.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres