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Tigres tops Pachuca in Liga MX battle of SCCL sides
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Andre-Pierre Gignac (yellow jersey) scored two goals and had an assist in Tigres win over visiting Pachuca in a Liga MX Apertura match on August 20, 2016, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

 

SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Andre-Pierre Gignac and Ismael Sosa scored two goals each as Tigres (3W-3D-0L, 12 points) earned a 4-2 win over Pachuca in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura on Saturday at the Estadio Universitario.

Tigres saw its season-long shutout streak end, but the result was enough to leave the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League sides in a tie for second place, one point behind leader Club Tijuana (4-1-1, 13).

Pachuca took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, when Hirving Lozano’s right-footed effort from outside the box off a scuffed clearance took a deflection before landing into the right side of the net.

A minute later the score was level. France international Gignac beautifully controlled a ball played to him in the box by Lucas Zelarayan, turned and fired a right-footed shot into the net from nine-yards out.

Gignac made it 2-1 in the 32nd minute, eluding defender Omar Gonzalez in the left side of the box and calmly shooting low of goalkeeper Oscar Perez, who ventured out to intervene.

In the 51st minute, after coolly receiving a long pass from Juninho, Sosa took a touch into the right side of the box and easily beat Perez from 11 yards.

Pachuca cut the deficit in the 58th minute on a well-worked set piece. Jonathan Urretaviscaya delivered a left-sided free kick into the box that was back-headed by Erick Gutierrez towards the right post, where Wilson Morelo was positioned to nod home.

UANL put the game out of reach in the 64th minute after Sosa's neat give-and-go with Giganc resulted in him scoring from 15-yards out.

Pachuca returns to SCCL play on Tuesday against visiting Police United, while Tigres hosts Plaza Amador a day later.

 
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