Tigres have the upper hand heading into the second leg
Tigres got what they needed. One goal at home without conceding was crucial to their title hopes, given the tiebreaker rules for Liga MX. Andre-Pierre Gignac put Los Felinos ahead of Club Leon in the 21st minute with a routine striker’s finish from a dangerous Tigres shot that was deflected by Leon’s keeper Rodolfo Cota, straight to Gignac’s feet. The second leg will undoubtedly provide even more fireworks – here’s how you can watch the Liga MX Clausura Finals online.
How to Watch Liga MX Clausura Final: Leon-Tigres
Date: Sunday, May 26
Time: 9:06 PM ET
Where: Estadio Leon
TV Channel: UDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Tigres gets an unlikely hero
Let’s get this straight: Andre-Pierre Gignac is a Tigres club legend. With his match-winning goal, he tied the club’s all-time scoring record with 104 goals. It can still be considered unusual, however, that such a record on a storied Liga MX club could soon be solely owned by a Frenchman. After coach Tuca Ferretti reduced his minutes in the Concacaf Champions League final – that Tigres lost to Monterrey – this was surely a sweet moment for Gignac.
Leon can atone for this at home
Luckily for Los Verdiblancos, all hope is not lost. With a single goal at home, Leon can put one hand back on the trophy. Liga MX tiebreakers specify that should the two squads be tied on aggregate after 180 minutes, the team finishing higher in the table is to be crowned champion. Leon, surely deserving after a torrid run of form in the Clausura regular season, will need the home crowd to roar them towards the back of the net. Angel Mena, who was such a threat during the Clausura with 14 goals, has yet to score in la Liguilla. Now could be his moment.