Chilean Diego Valdés scored a goal and provided an assist to lead this Thursday at Santos Laguna in their 2-1 win over the UANL Tigres in the quarterfinals of the Apertura tournament of Mexican soccer.
In addition to Valdés, Eduardo Aguirre was the coach’s other Santos Laguna scorer. Uruguayan Guillermo Almada, while the French André-Pierre Gignac discounted by the felines.
The return match will be played this Sunday at the home of the Tigers in Monterrey.
Santos went ahead at minute 4, in their first approach to the rival area. On the left, Omar Campos hit a serve that Valdés headed for 1-0.
The Laguneros increased their advantage to 12. Valdés filtered a pass to Aguirre, who between two defenses defined the 2-0.
The Tigers rallied and dominated possession of the ball, but they did not have depth until at 42 the Colombian Luis Quiñones put a service that Juan Pablo Vigón, with the head, crashed in the post.
Tigres went into the second half as the first ended, as the best team on the court. Luis Quinones He was close to opening the scoring for the felines at 51 with a shot that was taken near the goal line by the Ecuadorian Félix Torres and at 66 with a shot that passed near Acevedo’s right post.
While the Tigers grew on the field, Almada’s team slowed down, something that Gignac took advantage of to take a defensive rebound and from outside the area achieve the 2-1 to 74.
Before, the Chilean Pablo Parra and the Uruguayan Maximiliano Araújo they converted the goals with which Puebla defeated León 2-1 at home.
The first leg of the quarterfinals began on Wednesday with a pair of goalless draws between Pumas UNAM against América and Monterrey against Atlas.
The return games will be played on Saturday, with América-Pumas UNAM and Atlas-Monterrey and on Sunday, with Tigres UANL-Santos Laguna and León Puebla.
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