• Friday Dec 30, 2016

    SCCL Review: Tigres

    Tigres (pictured) convenes for a team photo prior to its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match against visiting Herediano on October 18, 2016, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

    With two days left in the year, CONCACAF.com has two more 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists to review.

    Today, we examine Mexico’s Tigres, the Group G table topper, which is attempting to reach a second straight SCCL final.

    TIGRES (3W-0D-1L; 9GF, 3GA)

    Group Stage Summary

    Tigres was one of only two teams – Pumas being the other -- to lose a 2016/17 SCCL group-stage game on the road and still earn a berth in the quarterfinals.  Regardless of that 1-0 setback at Plaza Amador in Week 5, UANL won its other three matches, scoring three goals in each.  For the second consecutive SCCL, Tigres posted only one clean sheet during the group stage, but has not allowed more than a single goal during that eight-game stretch. 

    Group Stage Highlight

    Tigres saved its best group-stage performance for its last match against visiting Heredianoin Week 6.  Coming off a 1-0 loss at Plaza Amador, UANL needed a win or a draw to advance, while the Florenses were obligated to take all three points in order to progress.  Hugo Ayala (27’), Luis Quiñones (35’) and Andy Delort (66’) each scored for the first-ever time in SCCL play as Tigres reached the quarterfinals for the third time in as many attempts.  It was also the host’s only group-stage shutout.

    Key Player

    Although defender Jose Arturo Rivas didn’t have a large role to play in Tigres’ run to the 2016 Liga MX Apertura title, he has been key to success in the current SCCL.  The 32-year-old played every minute of the group stage for a side that conceded only three goals in four games, providing assured performances even when there were changes to the regular starting line-up.

    After the Group Stage

    After finishing the regular season in third place with an 8W-6D-3L record, Tigres got past Pumas (agg: 7-2) and Leon (agg: 3-1) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.  Then it overcame Club America in the final, prevailing 3-0 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw after extra time in the second leg of a series that finished 2-2 on aggregate.  In the penalty shootout, Tigres converted each of its attempts through Andre-Pierre Gignac, Anselmo Vendrechovski “Juninho” and Guido Pizarro, while goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman saved all three of the Aguilas’ efforts.  It was UANL’s fifth domestic crown. 

    2016/17 SCCL MATCHES

    GROUP G

    17.08.16 Herediano 1, Tigres 3

    Jose Sanchez 56’ / Fernando Fernandez 46’; Damian Alvarez 78’; Jorge Jonathan Espericueta 90’+1

    24.08.16 Tigres 3, Plaza Amador 1

    Jorge Jonathan Espericueta 44' pen; Fernando Fernandez 61'; Julian Quiñones 82' / Humberto Ward 22’

    28.09.16 Plaza Amador 1, Tigres 0

    Ricauter Barsallo 37'

    18.10.16 Tigres 3, Herediano 0

    Hugo Ayala 27'; Luis Quiñones 35'; Andy Delort 66'

    QUARTERFINALS

    22.02.17 Tigres v Pumas (Estadio Universitario – San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico)

    01.03.17 Pumas v Tigres (Estadio Olimpico Universitario – Mexico City, Mexico)

    STATS & FACTS

     

    GOALS

    Jorge Jonathan Espericueta, Fernando Fernandez (2); Damian Alvarez, Hugo Ayala, Andy Delort, Julian Quiñones, Luis Quiñones (1)

    ASSISTS

    Jurgen Damm, Fernando Fernandez, Ismael Sosa, Jorge Torres Nilo (1)

    - Tigres has conceded 1 goal or fewer in 12 of its last 14 SCCL games.

    - Tigres is 2W-1D-1L in four all-time SCCL quarterfinal games.

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