Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac (yellow jersey) tries to get past a Vancouver Whitecaps FC player during their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, second leg on April 5, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: Mexsport)
VANCOUVER, Canada -- Just because your opponent score a fabulous goal doesn't mean you can't marvel at the feat.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC couldn’t help but applaud Andre-Pierre Gignac's strike in the second leg of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal on Wednesday night. It helped eliminate the Major League Soccer side from the competition as visiting Tigres earned a 2-1 win at BC Place to capture the series 4-1 on aggregate.
“Brilliant, wasn’t it?” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “It was a great goal. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, ‘What a fantastic goal.’ And I will today.
“If you’re beaten by a mistake it does wind me up, but when you’re beaten by a moment of brilliance from a top player, I enjoyed watching that. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong end of it today.”
Robinson just led the superlatives from the Vancouver side.
"What can I say? Golazo as we say in Spanish," forward Fredy Montero remarked. "Individually, they are really good and when you give them a lot of space, they will make a difference like that goal."
Gignac’s first goal of the current competition -- and fifth of his SCCL career -- came in the 63rd minute. He took Javier Aquino’s pass from the left and demonstrated his marksmanship by placing a 20-yard shot with his right foot into the upper-right corner out of goalkeeper David Ousted’s reach for a 1-1 deadlock and a 3-1 series lead.
Ousted admitted he had to tip his hat to the 31-year-old France international.
"Yeah, you have to," he said. "Obviously, he's got quality and he showed that today. A goal like that is worth a CONCACAF final for them."
Tigres will face Pachuca in an all-Mexican final later this month.