Vancouver vs Tigres – Mexican teams continue their dominance over the CONCACAF Champions League.
- Brek Shea gave Vancouver hope with an early goal.
- French superstar André-Pierre Gignac secures Tigres’ win.
- Major League Soccer’s CONCACAF Champions League drought continues.
Vancouver vs Tigres:
Goals: 1-0 Brek Shea (3′) 1-1 André-Pierre Gignac (63′) 1-2 Damián Álvarez (84′)
Vancouver went into this match with a 2-0 deficit, and things could have gone quickly from bad to worse in the opening phase of the game, but an attempt by Ismail Sosa was blocked in the last minute by Kendall Waston. Shortly after Vancouver where back in the tie after Brek Shea finished off a close range effort to make it 1-0 for Vancouver. Moments later Shea’s evening was over, however, the attacking midfielder went down after a collision, and had to be substituted with what looked like a nasty leg injury. From then on Vancouver sat deep trying to absorb the pressure, and perhaps sneak in the equaliser via a counterattack. In a first half that was vastly dominated by Tigres in terms of possession the Whitecaps were perhaps the more dangerous of the two teams.
Vancouver almost equalised the overall scoreline within seconds of the second half, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to thwart a close range attempt by Christian Bolaños. Ten minutes into the second half Tigres almost equalised through Javier Aquino, but his curled effort missed David Ousted’s goal. Ousted was not that lucky on Tigres’ next attempt. André-Pierre Gignac received the ball outside the penalty box, and curled the ball into Vancouver’s top corner. Tigres should have had another, but David Ousted fist stopped a shot from 11 yards out, and then also thwarted the rebound by Aquino. Minutes later Ousted made another fantastic stop on another attempt by Aquino. Ousted, however, would be beaten a second time after Damián Álvarez received the ball in the penalty box, and the attacking player would make no mistake finishing the move off with a hard shot.
Vancouver vs Tigres – Man of the Match
André-Pierre Gignac may have gotten the goal that sealed Tigres’ path to the final, but it was David Ousted, who was the most spectacular player on the pitch. The Whitecaps goalkeeper made several spectacular stops to keep his club in the game.
Vancouver vs Tigres – Talking Point
The disgusting puto chant could also be heard at this game. Perhaps it would be time for CONCACAF to punish fans, and their clubs more harshly for using the chant during international matches. More on the chant, and why you should not use it can be found here.
Vancouver vs Tigres – Match Stats
- Tony Tchani made his CONCACAF Champions League debut for the Whitecaps.
- Gignac scored his fifth goal of the competition.
- Liga MX continues to dominate the competition, as they are the only competition in CONCACAF to have produced Champions League winners.
David Ousted – Williams (Greig 76′), Waston, Parker, Harvey – Jacobson (Tchani 60′), Laba – Techera, Bolaños, Shea (Davies 10′) – Montero
Coach: Carl Robinson
Guzmán – Rodríguez, Ayala, Juninho (Meza 86′), Nilo – Sosa (Álvarez 82′), Dueñas, Pizarro, Aquino – Vargas (Zelarayán 77′), Gignac
Coach: Ricardo Ferretti