2-0 Tigres Defeat Monterrey In Clasico Regio

Tigres’ fans celebrated as they delivered a decisive victory over Rayados at El Volcan on Saturday to claim the top spot in the city of Monterrey, which slipped into a title-race just before the start of World Cup. The team of Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti got goals from Edu Vargas and Juan Quintero to get a 2-0 victory.

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For match two of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, Tigres UANL did not have their star players in the starting lineup (Funes Mori, Guido Pizarro, Ismael Sosa, Javier Aquino and Guido Rodriguez). Instead they fielded a squad consisting of mostly second division players. The first 45 started with both teams showcasing their best starting 11, the exception being Monterrey missing injured forward Rogelio Funes Mori. Tigres had a good opportunity when Luis Quiñones got into the area, but his cross turned into a shot that was easily saved by Monterrey’s goalkeeper Esteban Andrada. After Tigres failed to clear a ball in the area, Vincent Janssen looked to have a good chance but Jesus Alberto Angulo was able to deflect his shot and allow the Tigres defense to clear his “shot”. A free kick from Andre-Pierre Gignac forced Andrada to make a save. Twice Janssen came close, but both chances were offside. The game continued to be extremely even, and with neither side getting a close chance. The first 45 ended with very poor performances overall.

Both teams made in the second half with changes to their squads, but it didn’t matter as there wasn’t much of a difference between the squads themselves. Monterrey couldn’t capitalize on some great chances, and Tigres didn’t have many chances either. When Monterrey had a corner kick, the ball was headed back to Dueñas but before he could volley it in, Andrada got over there to block him, and Monterrey was able to clear it. Later, Gignac missed a chance for a shot that went wide. Then later on, Monterrey would subbed out Rodolfo Pizarro and Vincent Janssen for Matias Kranevitter and Alfonso Gonzalez, while Tigres subbed out Juan Pablo Vigon for Carlos Gonzalez. The game got off to an exciting start as Andre-Pierre Gignac had an incredible chance in just the 6th minute of play. Gignac received the ball on a great combination play between Eduardo Vargas and Enner Valencia, who passed the ball back to Valencia. Then after a great combination play, Quiñones found Andre-Pierre Gignac, who from way outside the area got off a great long range shot that went past Andrada for the 1-0 lead for Tigres. Monterrey got a good combination play that ended with Joel Campbell off on goal. He was trying to get a shot off but it wasn’t easy. The goalkeeper, Raul Guzman came out to block the shot and saved it. Then Florain Thauvin surprised everybody with an incredible lobbed shot that went over the head of Andrada, who got his hand on it but not enough to keep the ball out of the net. Tigres entered the second half and continued to push for a goal. Monterrey subbed out Alvarado for Christian Tabo. Tigres subbed out Juan Carlos Valenzuela for Jeremias Palacios in an attempt to pressure more, with Dorlan Pabon dropping back and Ortiz going higher up. On their end, Monterrey brought in Guido Rodriguez for Gonzalez. Tigres got lucky when they got tackled inside the area by an illegal move, but the referee waived it off instead of pointing to the penalty spot. Tigres subbed out Ortiz for Willian Carreno, with Pabon dropping back more and Quiñones going forward more. Moments later, Monterrey substituted Rodríguez for Luis Garcia. With only five minutes left on the clock and Tigres’ 2-0 lead secure, both teams started looking like they were checking out of the match. Both teams looked sloppy and uninterested in offense.

The Clasico Regio finally broke the scoreless streak in the Clasicos, with two goals being scored by each team. Monterrey fans would be greatly disappointed in the loss, as Tigres continues having victories against them. Meanwhile the Tigres fans know they are playing second fiddle to Monterrey after they get the boost on winning their 3rd Clasico Regio of the year, a competition which they have won five out of eight previous editions and brings them closer to end as Liga MX champions. They will have a good chance after the FIFA break when they get Tijuana at home while Monterrey will have to travel to Guadalajara to face Chivas if they hope to get back on track.