Cruz Azul went to the University Stadium with his mind set on overcoming the series against Tigres. For now, the “Machine” arouses the illusion of its fans since it scored 1-0 in the return match for the quarterfinals of Clausura 2022 of Liga MX.
At 19 minutes, Javier Aquino wanted to go out playing on the right side, however, Santiago Giménez went out in search of him to fight for the ball. After a struggle, the ‘Felinos’ player cleared, but ‘Chaquito’ put his foot and the ball reached the heart of the local box area.
Defender Hugo Ayala tried to stop the ball, however, Christian Tabó appeared to overcome the resistance of the goal defended by Nahuel Guzmán.
As you remember, in the match that was played at the Azteca, Tigres won 1-0. However, with the partial result at the University Stadium, the led squad is qualifying for the semifinals because it finished in a better position (2) in the regular phase, unlike the ‘Cementeros’ (8).
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The ‘Felinos’ took an important step to settle in the semifinals. Miguel Herrera’s team won 0-1 at the Azteca stadium thanks to a goal from Jesús Dueñas. Also, the team from Nuevo León has in its favor, in addition to the income achieved, the fact of finishing better placed than the ‘Máquina’ in the regular stage.
For the second leg, Tigres will not be able to count on Nicolás López, expelled at the first crossroads for a violent foul on Luis Abram. The day before, Juan Pablo Vigón did not trust the advantage of the ‘Universitarios’. “It would be a serious mistake, we here at home like to show our people that we are going to go out to win, our game is to go 0-0 and win to advance”he expressed.
On their side, Cruz Azul has the obligation to win by two or more goals difference to reach the semifinals. In Juan Reynoso’s team they wait until the end for defender Abram, who suffered a broken nose from a blow received by ‘Diente’ López. The Peruvian is the only doubt that his compatriot handles.