Contrary to what happened during the first round of the Grita México Apertura 2021 league, the semifinal series had a heart attack on the field of the University Stadium of Nuevo León. When it seemed that the final result would favor the Esmeraldas de León, the Guarani forward Carlos Gonzalez appeared in the second half’s compensation time to give him a agonizing triumph for the team led by Miguel Herrera.
After an intense start, but without clarity in the offense of the first semifinalists, the first 45 minutes of the meeting were spent on equal terms. Neither squad was able to break the tie on the Volcán pitch. Among the most outstanding plays of the first half, a controversial move that merited the expulsion of Nahuel Guzmán, although after checking in the VAR, the referee found an advanced position that saved the Argentine goalkeeper.
It was not until minute 56 when the zero was broken, although the act silenced a large part of the rostrum. In a backlash from the visitors, Angel Mena faced two defenders and provided enough space for him to enter Jean Meneses on one side of the area. Without hesitation, the emerald player executed a powerful shot with his left leg that surpassed the goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán.
The goal cry was barely heard in one corner of the Volcano. Although for this tournament the away goal has lost its validity, the partial advantage implied a A more comfortable panorama for Ariel Holan’s pupils to face the second leg on the court of the Nou Camp. For a moment, the Tigres fans stopped cheering, although after a few minutes the shout echoed again to propel their team.
Looking down on the scoreboard, the Louse Herrera began to assess the options he had on the bench to obtain, at least, the tie. In that sense, he decided to take defender Juan José Sánchez out of the game to add one more attacker, that is, the Paraguayan Carlos González. The change was decisive for what would happen a few minutes later in favor of his team.
Confident of the scoreboard and one minute from the end of the regular stopwatch, León’s rear began to yield spaces for which Gignac and company slipped away. In the midst of a dispute for the ball in Rodolfo Cota’s area, the Tigres seized the opportunity and they managed to breach the arch. Pedro Aquino rescued a ball that seemed lost and sent a cross to the position of Carlos Gonzalez.
The Cocoliso He wanted to finish off with his head in the direction of the goal, but the intervention of a defender caused the ball to unintentionally reach where it was found Florian Thauvin. Noticing the available space, the French forward threw himself to execute a half scissors and nailed the ball into Cota’s left post. The Volcano erupted and the players trusted the comeback.
The final goal came six minutes later. After moving a set piece quickly Leo Fernández sent a cross to the far post. Gignac, instead of looking for the goal, served Carlos Gonzalez, who finished off of first intention and placed the ball inside the nets. In five minutes, the panorama took a total turn in the field of the Volcano.
With the advantage of two goals to one, the Tigers will have enough comfort to seek victory on the aggregate scoreboard in their visit to León, since they have no other option in case of looking for a pass to the grand final.
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