Pachuca, who leads Uruguay’s Diego Alonso, beat Tigres 1-0 on Wednesday in the return leg of the CONCACAF Champions League 2016-17 (2-1 overall), lifted the title and won the title To the World Club Championship to be played in the United Arab Emirates at the end of the year.
With the victory, Pachuca reached its fifth title of the Concacaf after which it gained in the campaigns 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009-10 and 2016-17.
The only goal of the match was the work of Argentina’s Franco Jara in the 83rd minute after a rejection of the goalkeeper of the Tigers, the Argentine Nahuel Guzman to a distant shot of the Mexican Hirving Lozano.
With seven minutes to go, Pachuca led an offensive and from three quarters of a field and on the right, Lozano fired with power and down, the ball was not attacked by the Tigres goalkeeper, the refusal took Jara, who finished Below and to the left to sentence the match and the series.
In the game the Pachuca offensive was more active, but the French André Pierre Gignac, Tigers striker, who generated greater danger with two shots on the goal of goalkeeper Pachuca, Mexican Alfonso Blanco.
At 15 minutes, the French fired from outside the area with his right leg and Blanco was sent to his left to divert the ball high.
After half an hour, Gignac again shot with the right and with power, from three quarters of a court and the center, and the ball crashed into the crossbar of Blanco’s goal.
A minute from the end of the first half, Argentina’s Franco Jara headed off a pass from Lozano, but left him in the hands of the Argentine goalkeeper, Nahuel Guzman, who in a later corner shot rejected a shot by the American Omar González in the center of the area.
In the second half and before the need for goals, Tigres took control of the ball and went to the front, while the Pachuca waited for him to leave at speed through a counterattack.
In different actions, the aforementioned Jara, the Uruguayan Jonathan Urretaviscaya and the Mexicans Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutiérrez and Víctor Guzmán tried the goalkeeper of Tigers, Nahuel Guzmán, but this one defended his goal and he resolved with appropriate cuts.
With less than 10 minutes in the game, Pachuca became the party of the hand of Jara and although Tigres had a few minutes, the Argentine sentenced the match and the series.
In aggregate time, Argentina’s Ismael Sosa gave the ball in the area to the Frenchman Gignac, who crossed his shot and sent the ball to the bottom of the goal of the Pachuca, but was out of place and the both did not count.
At the end of the match, the Argentine Jara was named the scorer of the tournament and Mexican goalkeeper Blanco was named the best goalkeeper.
– Data sheet:
1. Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco; Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Raúl López, Víctor Guzmán (m.77 Erick Aguirre); Emmanuel García, Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez; Jonathan Urretaviscaya (m.84, Stefan Medina), Franco Jara and Hirving Lozano (m.89, Francisco Figueroa).
Coach. Diego Alonso.
0. Tigers: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis Rodríguez (m.46, Luis Advincula), Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo; Jesús Dueñas (m.75, Lucas Zelarayán), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino; Ismael Sosa, Jürgen Damm (m.46, Eduardo Vargas) and André Pierre Gignac.
Coach: Ricardo Ferretti.
Goals: 1-0, m.83: Franco Jara.
Referee: César Ramos, from Mexico. He admonished Juninho (m. 24), Luis Rodríguez (m.33), Guido Pizarro (m.66) and (m.78) and expulsion, and Jorge Torres Nilo (m.76), by the Tigers.
Incidents: Match of the final of the CONCACAF Champions League final held at Hidalgo Stadium in Pachuca, central Mexico. Efe