Tigres (pictured) celebrates after defeating Pachuca to win the on July 10, 2016, in Carson, California, USA. Campeon de Campeones (Photo: Mexsport)
CARSON, California – Tigres captured its first Campeón de Campeones crown with a 1-0 win over Pachuca on Sunday in front of 27,132 fans at the StubHub Center.
Recently-acquired Ismael Sosa scored the only goal in the first half of a match that pitted his 2015 Liga MX Apertura champion against the 2016 Liga MX Clausura winning Tuzos.
Pachuca, however, had a chance to take the lead in the eighth minute. Mexico international Hirving Lozano beat two defenders and broke into the left side of the box, only to pull his right-footed effort from 14-yards out wide of the near post.
UANL’s Guido Pizarro was thwarted by goalkeeper Oscar Perez’s reflex save in the 19th minute, but the Pachuca custodian couldn’t stop Sosa five minutes later. From the right side of the penalty area, Javier Aquino sent a low, hard cross into the six-yard box, where Sosa right-footed it into the back of the net.
Tigres was reduced to 10 players in the 56th minute, when Pizarro was sent off for a studs up challenge on Erick Gutierrez outside the box.
Despite the man advantage, Pachuca couldn’t find the equalizer as Lozano poked wide of the right post in the 65th minute and Rodolfo Pizarro forced a tremendous save from Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman in the 81st minute.
With less than eight minutes remaining in normal time, Pachuca’s Ruben Botta was given his marching orders after a lunging tackle from behind brought down Hugo Ayala.
The 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League participants open 2016 Liga MX Apertura play next weekend, with Pachuca hosting Leon on Saturday and Tigres visiting Santos a day later.
- Tigres was without forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, who played earlier in the day for France in the 2016 European Cup final against Portugal …
- Also, in the opener of the doubleheader at the StubHub Center, Guadalajara (2015 Copa MX Apertura champion) topped Veracruz (2016 Copa MX Clausura champion), 2-0, to win the Supercopa MX.
Campeón de Campeones
July 10, 2016: StubHub Center – Carson, California, USA (Att: 27,132)
Tigres-Pachuca 1-0 (1-0)
Ismael Sosa 24’
Tigres: Nahuel Guzman; Israel Jimenez, Anselmo Vendrechovski “Juninho”, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Lucas Zelarayan (Manuel Viniegra 59’), Damian Alvarez (Luis Quiñones 90’+2), Ismael Sosa (Jose Francisco Torres 67’), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Jesus Duenas. Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti
Pachuca: Oscar Perez; Omar Gonzalez, Raul Lopez (Ruben Botta 77’), Rodolfo Pizarro, Hirving Lozano, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Mateus Goncalves 82’), Emmanuel Garcia, Erick Gutierrez (Wilson Morelo 70’), Jorge Hernandez, Franco Jara, John Medina. Head Coach: Diego Alonso
R: Ricardo Salazar (USA); AR1: Joshua Haimes (USA); AR2: Brandon Major (USA); 4th: Denis Vargas (USA)