Tigres UANL win their first Concacaf Champions League
André-Pierre Gignac scored the game's winning goal towards the end of the second half to give Tigres the victory against Los Angeles Football Club.
Prior to the match against Los Angeles FC, Tigres UANL had lost their three previous finals of the Concacaf Champions League in the past five years. But the fourth time was the charm for the Liga MX side, as they defeated LAFC 2-1 at the Exploria stadium in the 2020 edition.
Tigres take Concacaf title
Los Angeles FC scored the first goal of the game in the 61st minute after great build-up play between Carlos Vela and Mark-Anthony Kaye. The Canadian midfielder gave a great pass to Diego Rossi who saw that Nahuel Guzmán was coming out, so the Uruguayan striker lobbed the ball to find the back of the net.
It seemed that LAFC were comfortable with that and they started to control the possession of the ball after scoring the goal. Tigres UANL started pressuring more and they remained calmed even though they were losing the game. In the 72nd minute the Liga MX side won a corner and that would change the course of the match.
Hugo Ayala ran to the front post to head the ball and find the back of the net to equalize. The defender had to be subbed out a few minutes later due to an injury and Francisco Meza took his place.
Then, in the 84th minute, Rodríguez made a great solo run leaving defenders behind and then gave a great pass to André-Pierre Gignac just outside the box and the French striker used his right foot to score the game's winning goal. LAFC were stunned and unable to react and after the 90 minutes Tigres had finally conquered the Concachampions.