After completing back-to-back games on the road, Andre-Pierre Gignac became the all-time leading scorer for the club with a late goal vs Pumas. Tigres was seeking to continue its winning ways at home vs Necaxa. The visiting team was coming from a ridiculous performance after beating Veracruz 7-0 at home.
Tigres has struggled to showcase its strongest XI due to injuries and the two-game suspension of Carlos Salcedo. Ferretti has managed to sustain a competitive starting XI by replacing Jorge Torres Nilo in place of Salcedo at center back. With Javier Aquino out, Luis Enrique Quiñones moved to the left side of the field while Enner Valencia shifted to play in a more of a winger role.
As usual, Tigres stayed true to its style by possessing the ball and making Necaxa chase after them. The team started the game with a lot more intensity than usual. The Monterrey-based club was moving the ball quickly and creating chances from the first whistle. With Valencia in the lineup, Eduardo Vargas was forced to play closer to the midfield in more of a center mid role to allow Valencia to roam and slide in as a second forward.
The first goal of the night came early in the 6th minute with Quinones dribbling down the left flank and putting in a cross which was rejected by the defense. The Colombian managed to get possession of the ball following the rejection to send a second cross for Gignac to rise at first post to score his 106th goal.
Tigres continued to dominate Necaxa in the following minutes with Gignac having another shot on goal that gone wide. In the 17th minute, Valencia recovered a ball in his own half to lead a counter-attack at full speed leaving Gignac to cut from left to right to strike in his 107th goal.
The night looked promising as Tigres was on full attack mode after being up 2-0 in just 17 minutes of play. Five minutes later, the French star, and now club legend, would round his night with a hat-trick in the 22nd minute of play. Gignac, netted his 108th goal after striking the ball off the post from a beautiful buildup play between Vargas and Valencia.
Necaxa would score their lone goal of the night on a set piece header from their center back, Ventura Alvarado. Tigres has shown over the years that set pieces are their weakness and has not shown signs of improving in that department.
The second half was dull with Tigres resorting to its ball possession and lacking the intensity they came out in the first half. Tuca Ferretti only made two substitutions with Jesus Dueñas coming in for Vargas and Jurgen Damm replacing Quiñones.
Gignac once again proved why he is the best player in club history with a dominant performance. So dominant, that the club announced the French international will be getting a statue of himself outside the stadium.
Tigres will be looking to continue its winning streak next week when they visit new Liga MX club, Atletico San Luis.