Tigres demonstrated its two great characteristics this tournament: it is the best offense and it defended its unbeaten record at Volcán, by leaving the first leg of the quarterfinals at 2-1 against León, who notably responded to the threat.
Carlos González finished the game with his goal in compensation time, after a pass from André-Pierre Gignac, a joy for the university students who also enjoyed a goal from Florian Thauvin at 89 ‘, the French midfielder who arrived in Mexico with a salary of 5.5 million dollars, according to estimates.
It was a game without rest in scoring opportunities, with more arrivals from the university students. It was León who made the first blow, when the Chilean Jean Meneses opened the hope to his team with his goal at minute 56 and thus balanced the weight that Tigres represented until then. Víctor Dávila was about to increase the advantage of the beast, but his shot crashed into the post.
In the first half, Tigres was five times more than Leon in shots on goal, with 16, and in possession of the ball. The cats deployed the attack, in a constant insistence on Cota’s goal. The opportunities were had by Andrés Pierre Gignac, the scoring champion Nicolás López, Luis Rodríguez and Javier Aquino.
León had great hope that the referee would score against the Tigres, when goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán and Ángel Mena had a collision; the VAR reviewed the play and determined an offside. In León, the esmeraldas will have to go yes or yes for a victory to reach the semifinals.