On paper, Monterrey looked as poised as ever to take home the Liga MX crown. The 1-1 draw on the road in freezing rain was a huge step towards being the kings of the league. However, there’s a reason you have to show up for the game. Tigres, on the other hand, played as if they were reigning champions.
Monterrey started off the game on cloud nine, scoring in the second minute thanks to a goal from Dorlan Pabón. Yet, Tigres chipped away and little by little they gained control. In the 30th minute, it was Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas who hit a deep strike away from Hugo Gonzalez’s hands.
The confidence was back for Tigres, as that was evident as ever only five minutes after Eduardo Vargas got on the board. A corner won by Tigres found the head of Fransisco Meza, putting the road team up, 2-1. The final ten minutes were seen out by Tigres, as they kept their one-goal lead.
The possession in the second half swung towards the home team, as they needed to find the equalizer. Monterrey looked completely out of sorts, something that we are not used to seeing from the team who cruised to the final. Despite controlling the ball, Monterrey really couldn’t find any major opportunities to bring the game level. However, a late penalty call gave Monterrey a little glimpse of hope. Avilés Hurtado stepped up to take the penalty, but his shot went over the crossbar, along with any chance of winning in front of the home fans.
Tigres would go on to close Monterrey out and claim their 6th Liga MX title. It is a win which will now cleanse the horrible taste of defeat to Chivas in the previous season finale.
Congratulations to Tigres and their fans!
Up next on Tigres’ trophy hunt: CONCACAF Champions League