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Tigres, Club América Will Clash in Liga MX Final

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 04: Oribe Peralta of America celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the semifinals second leg match between America and Necaxa as part of the Torneo Apertura 2016 Liga MX at Azteca Stadium on December 04, 2016 in Moexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)

We started with eight teams and now we are down to the final two. Tigres and Club América will face off to determine the winner of the 2016 Apertura.

Tigres have been absolutely deadly in the playoffs, firing on all cylinders offensively. On the other side, Club América came into the playoffs with many question marks, but has overcome those doubts. Many felt that the 100-year anniversary was a bust, yet, América did the job it needed to do.

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Tigres first dismantled Pumas with a 7-2 aggregate, then went on to face a reenergized Club León side. It was not as easy in the semifinal against Club León, but Tigres got past them with a 3-1 aggregate to win themselves a trip to the final.

Club América had to start its Liguilla against its biggest rival, Chivas. A team that blew through them in the regular season, 3-0, and defeated them on penalties in the Copa MX semifinal.

The jokes were spreading about the failure to celebrate their 100th year anniversary, but it came down to an Oribe Peralta goal in the second leg which got Club América the revenge it was seeking. They would then go on to take down Necaxa, 3-1, on aggregate.

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Similarly to Chivas, Tigres plastered Club América earlier in the season, 3-0. We have seen it before where Tigres were the better side in the regular season, only to fall to Club América (CONCACAF Champions League Final, for example). Tigres deserve to be on a high after getting their attack in rhythm, but do not count Club América out in this final. Liga MX has shown that predicting outcomes may be the hardest thing to do.

Players to watch

For Tigres, it’s an obvious one: André-Pierre Gignac. The French international has caught fire and looks almost near impossible to stop. With the use of physical play, accompanied by a finesse shot, Gignac is a force for Tigres. Look for him to be the go-to man, and it will be up to the Club América defense to figure a way to minimize his presence.

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For Club América, it will have to be Edson Álvarez. The 19-year old defender has become a household name for Club América and it is easy to see why. He is not shy to go in for a tackle, but he has great vision and awareness. He has a lot on the plate with the Tigres attack, however, he has shown up every time when called on so far.

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