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Liga MX: Tigres Edge León To Claim Their 7th Title

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Tigres star Andre-Pierre Gignac holding the Liga MX cup trophy alongside teammates | Photo by Tigres | May 26, 2019

The top two teams in the Liga MX season found their way to the championship in what was a very unusual final. Tigres finished 2nd in the season with 37 points, while Club León blasted the league, collecting 41 total points.

Club León arrived at the final after defeating Club América in a 1-1 aggregate (season position advancement), similarly, Tigres got past rivals Monterrey, 1-1.

It wasn’t the most action packed in terms of attack, but it doesn’t matter once you find yourself in the final.

For the final itself, it was Tigres who got on the board at home, thanks to a goal from André-Pierre Gignac. The goal was good enough for Tigres, as they maintained control of the match while taking 20 total shots at León. However, a 1-0 lead may be nice at home, but defeating Club León in their home, or even protecting their lead, would be difficult.

In the second leg, Tigres successfully protected their 1-0 lead. The game was lopsided in terms of possession and shots in favor of León, but it didn’t matter at the end of the 90 minutes.

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It wasn’t easy for Tigres, as there were several attacks which nearly lead to a León goal. Yet, the defense, as well as Nahuel Guzmán, stood tall against one of the strongest attacks in the league.

It should be noted that Club León was without the top scoring Mexican JJ Macías due to his involvement with Mexico’s U20 team in Poland

Tigres have now claimed their 7th title in Liga MX, while León will need to wait another season in hopes to claim their 8th. Moreover, Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti has now impressively managed to win five titles in Liga MX as manager.

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