MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tigres UANL beat Monterrey 1-0 on Saturday to reach the final of the Clausura Mexican football tournament as a visitor in the “Regal Classic” that defined one of the semi-finals.
The club from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León advanced to the title match with an aggregate score of 1–0 after a 0–0 draw in the first leg.
“I am very proud to be on this team, to have these players who showed a lot of character, personality, dedication and willingness to push through and reach the finals today. I am proud of my boys because they achieved what they set out to do To start the tournament”, said the Uruguayan Robert Dante Sieboldi, the Tigers’ technical director.
“We had to propose tactics, change what we were doing because we were a bit predictable and we had to look for a development, today we achieved it against a great team,” he added.
The so-called “Regal Classic” due to the fact that both clubs are based in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico, had few goal options and it was until 60 minutes when Tigres threatened the Brazilian’s “Rayados” goal with a powerful shot. . Carioca which was deflected in by Argentina goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.
Tigres scored the winning goal in the 79th minute through Sebastián Córdova, who headed in a cross sent in from the right area by Colombian Luis Quiñones.
In stoppage time, Monterrey came close to equalizing with a powerful shot from Jordi Cortizo, but Córdova stopped the ball sliding inside the area.
“It’s a great feeling, we’ve considered getting to the finals and being champions, now we’re going for the title,” Córdova told Fox Sports.
In the final, Tigres will face the winner of the series between America and Guadalajara, which will be decided on Sunday.
The US won the first leg 1–0.