Tigres' Andre-Pierre (left) tries to break free of the Monterrey defense during their Liga MX Apertura match on October 29, 2016, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)
SAN NICOLAS DE LAS GARZA, Mexico – A 1-1 draw against rival Monterrey in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura on Saturday wasn’t Tigres’ preferred result.
UANL remained in third place with a 7W-6D-2L record and now trails table-topping Club Tijuana by six points with two regular-season games left on the schedule. The sides will meet on Friday night and another draw will be enough to seal the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League runner-up a postseason berth.
Although the final score wasn’t to the liking of Tigres forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, he was pleased with the performance.
“It was a home match and I’m not satisfied because we have to win the three points,” the France international said. “We played a good match. It was intense between the two teams.”
Host Tigres took a 1-0 lead in the “Clásico Regiomontano” through Ismael Sosa in the 38th minute, only for Monterrey’s Cesar Montes to equalize in the 71st minute.
“They had chances, we had ours,” finished Gignac. “We shared the points, but it isn’t satisfactory for us because we had to win to be in the Liguilla (playoffs) and to win in order to have the joy of our fans, so on one side happy, but not satisfied.”
Tigres is unbeaten in nine of its last 11 games against Monterrey, but has been victorious only once in its last eight outings with Club Tijuana.