During a tournament in which they had three coaches, Tigress showed that they are capable of overcoming adversity. On Sunday they did it again and were declared champions of Mexico.
Argentina defender Guido Pizarro scored in the second half of extra time as Tigres beat Chivas 3-2 on Sunday to win the Clausura tournament.
After a corner kick and a rebound on the line, Pizarro scored with a header in the 110th minute to give Tigres the win, securing their eighth crown in their history – and first since Clausura 2019.
The first leg ended in a goalless draw.
“We never gave up. This institution likes to pick itself up from a fall. The story began to be written against Leon when they were relegated from CONCACAF,” said Argentine goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. referring to the loss against their Mexican rival Leon. “We continue to write the history of this club. They wanted to undermine us and please those who spoke before their time. We knew what we were coming for.”
Tigres catches up with Leon with eight championships, finishing fifth in the all-time table and surpassed only by América (13), Chivas (12), Toluca (10) and Cruz Azul (9).
Chivas were better at the start of the match at Akron Stadium.
Roberto Alvarado scored the first goal of the game after 11 minutes and Víctor Guzmán extended Guadalajara’s lead to 20. 71.
“We have faced them in all the finals we have won, but now it was with a mix of young and old,” Gignac said. “It’s clear today that a final at home to Chivas and running like crazy to win extra time. I don’t think we are old. We have heart, that’s what’s important.”
The university team won the championship in an unusual tournament in which they had three coaches. Diego Coca of Argentina started the tournament, but left to lead the Mexican team. Marco Ruiz took over, but was sacked after Day 14 and was succeeded by Uruguay’s Robert Dante Siboldi.
Sieboldi said, “This team is used to always fighting for the title, and the team they had was going to fight for the title.” “The guys were really incredible at this tournament.”
Former Tigres goalkeeper Siboldi won his second championship in Mexico after achieving the Clausura 2018 when he was in charge of Santos and beat Toluca.
“We live in Monterrey, we’re from home and we didn’t hesitate when he made the offer to come to us,” Sieboldi said. “There was nothing to think about, we took up the challenge and today I am giving something back to those of us who had to live in the relegation (in 1996). It is priceless,” said the coach.
Chivas saw their desire to reach 13 championships disappointed to tie America as the most winners in Mexican history.
Guadalajara was a sensational team that reached the finals in the first tournament with Serbian coach Velko Paunović in charge.
Sacred Flock had only reached two leagues since the Clausura 2017, the last time they won the league championship.
Chivas took the lead when Alvarado took the ball down the right, cleared Javier Aquino’s mark inside the area and finished with a left-footed shot.
The hosts added 10 minutes after Alvarado took a corner kick. Guzmán appeared in the middle of the area and kicked from the right to beat the goalkeeper.
Tigres struck back with a penalty which Gignac converted in the center of the goal after 64 minutes.
Córdova scored with a header from inside the area on 70 minutes to send the match into extra time.
Tigres came close to completing the comeback at 103 with a shot from Gignac, but goalkeeper Miguel Jimenez made a brilliant save to prevent the score.
The varsity students completed the comeback on 109 with Pizarro’s header from a corner kick which Pizarro leapt past Guzmán and converted with a header past Jiménez’s right post.