Pumas' Nicolas Castillo (pictured) celebrates after scoring against visiting Club Tijuana in a Liga MX Clausre match on February 19, 2017, in Mexico City. (Photo: Luis Licona)
Tigres snapped a three-match losing skid in style with a 3-0 win over Veracruz, while Pumas fought back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 home draw against Club Tijuana. CONCACAF.com takes a look at the weekend action involving the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists.
Veracruz 0, Tigres 3
A strong second half helped Tigres (2W-1D-4L) snap a three-match losing streak in a 3-0 win at Veracruz on Friday. UANL entered the encounter on a 278-minute scoreless streak, which was extended another 64 minutes, before Andre-Pierre Gignac struck to break the deadlock. It was the French striker’s first goal of the 2017 Clausura. Twelve minutes later Gignac became playmaker, assisting for Luis Quinones. Jurgen Damm completed the scoreline with five minutes remaining in normal time.
Pumas 3, Club Tijuana 3
Pumas (3W-2D-2L) made a comeback for the ages to grab a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw against visiting Club Tijuana on Sunday. The Xolos looked set to claim all three points, holding a 3-0 lead going into the final 20 minutes. UNAM, however, roared back to net three times within a 10-minute stretch. Winter arrival Nicolas Castillo started the comeback with a fine finish in the 72nd minute. Seven minutes later, Pablo Barrera coolly converted a penalty to bring Pumas to within one goal. An own-goal in 82nd minute by Juan Valenzuela sealed the comeback.
Monterrey 1, Pachuca 0
Pachuca (3W-1D-2L) endured a frustrating Saturday, falling 1-0 to host Monterrey. Dorlan Pabon scored the game’s lone goal in the 45th minute. Despite the disappointing result, the Tuzos got another spectacular performance in goal from the ageless Oscar Perez. The 44-year-old custodian made a fantastic double-save in the 27th minute and then another big stop in the 72nd minute to keep Pachuca within one goal.
Saprissa 4, Municipal Liberia 1
Saprissa (5W-4D-3L) will head into this week’s SCCL quarterfinal, first-leg encounter against Pachuca riding high after a 4-1 win over visiting Municipal Liberia on Saturday. The Monstruo Morado got off to a quick start thanks to a well-struck left-footer from Keven Aleman in the 12th minute. Daniel Colindres then scored his fourth goal of the 2017 Torneo de Verano in the 38th minute to make it 2-0. Eighteen-year-old defender Adrian Chevez (65’) and Anllel Porras (71’) closed Saprissa’s goal account with second-half strikes.
Arabe Unido 3, Tauro 5
A late barrage of goals conceded -- combined with Carlos Small’s dismissal -- saw Arabe Unido (2W-1D-4L) fall 5-3 to visiting Tauro on Friday in the 2017 Panamanian Clausura. The Expreso Azul appeared to be on its way to victory with a 3-1 lead in the second half thanks to a brace from Renan Addles and a goal from Roberto Chen, but Small’s red card in the 65th minute with the score at 3-2 proved to be a pivotal moment. Tauro capitalized on the man advantage to score three goals in the final 10 minutes and claim the three points.