Tigres' Ismael Sosa (left) battles for possession during a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against visiting Pumas on February 22, 2017, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Tigres needs only to recall the 2015 Liga MX Apertura final as a reminder of how dangerous Pumas can be on home soil at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
In that series, UANL went into the second leg with a 3-0 advantage, only to be pushed to extra time thanks to a ferocious comeback by the Mexico City. The 210 minutes of football produced a 4-4 aggregate draw, Tigres prevailed ultimately on penalties, 4-2.
The sides meet at the Olimpico again on Wednesday in the second leg of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, with the score even at 1-1 and a berth in the semifinals at stake.
“In that Liguilla [final], at home we took advantage of the scoring situations that we had and scored a big difference,” said Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman. “But you can’t let the return leg get away from you. It looked like it was all set and Pumas came back.
“They run and they score. We have won and we have lost here, but hopefully we can do things well to get another good result in the CU.”
Tigres is winless in two previous SCCL quarterfinals on the road, falling to the Seattle Sounders in 2012/13 (1-3) and drawing with Real Salt Lake in 2015/16 (1-1).