Late goals propel Tigres past Herediano

Tigres' Damian Alvarez (pictured) runs to celebrate after scoring against host Herediano in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game on August 17, 2016, in Heredia, Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexsport)

HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- Damian Alvarez and Jorge Jonathan Espericueta scored late in the second half to lift Tigres to a 3-1 Group G victory over host Herediano in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.

Tigres (1-0-0, 3 points) – the 2015/16 SCCL runner-up -- took over the group lead, while Herediano (0-1-1, 1) saw its home unbeaten streak in the competition snapped at six games.

After it was outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, the visitor struck 29 seconds into the second half.  Fernando Fernandez converted a right-wing feed past goalkeeper Leonel Moreira from six yards for a 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute after coming on for Mauricio Núñez, Jose Sanchez equalized for Herediano, beating goalkeeper Enrique Palos in the 56th minute from six-yards out.  It was the first goal that Tigres surrendered in six games this season, including five Liga MX contests.

Alvarez snapped a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute as he ran onto a through ball and slotted home into the near left post for his third career SCCL goal.

A minute into injury time, UANL netted an insurance goal through Espericueta, who – from the top of the penalty area -- drilled in a rebound of Luis Quiñones’ left-sided shot that was initially saved by Moreira.  The goal was the second of Espericueta’s SCCL career and his first in nearly four years.

Herediano came close on several scoring opportunities, hitting the left post three times, twice in the opening half.

Group G play resumes on August 24, when Tigres welcomes Plaza Amador to the Estadio Universitario.

NOTES: Tigres scored three goals, helping end a scoring slump that had seen it find the back of the net only four times in five Liga MX Apertura outings … Herediano and Tigres drew twice in as many SCCL meetings between them last year.