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- Crowned Tigers 2020 Concacaf Champions League winners
- The Monterrey club represents Concacaf at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™
- Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the winning goal
It was the fourth time the charm of the Tigres came from behind to beat Los Angeles FC 2-1 in the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The Tigres had lost their previous three continental finals, but the club’s leading goal scorer all the time Andre-Pierre Gignac made sure that the club from Monterrey finally had to travel back to Monterrey with the trophy in a row.
The Frenchman scored the winning goal in the 84th minute and ensured that the Tigres will be the ones representing the region at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™ in February.
Clear goal-scoring opportunities were difficult to get in the first half of a physical matchup that saw tough challenges and mistakes committed on both sides. 2020 MLS MVP Diego Rossi had the best opportunity of the opening half, but his shot on the edge of the penalty area flew well over Nahuel Guzman’s cross.
LAFC started strong in the second half and put a lot of sustained pressure on the Tigres’ backline with a high pressure. And finally, Bob Bradley’s side were awarded for their high energy in the 61st minute. After a nice exchange of passes between Mark-Anthony Kaye and Carlos Vela, Kaye lifted a perfectly weighted pass to the far post to Rossi, who reacted most quickly and delicately steered his shot over Guzman and into the opening goal.
Tigres responded ten minutes later and equalized from a corner kick. Their robust center-back Hugo Ayala hit his marker to the nearest post and headed in, the pace of the shot proved too much for Kaye, who failed in his attempt to make the clearance on LAFC’s back post.
The Monterrey club completed their comeback in the 84th minute. Right-back Luis Rodriguez dribbled a great distance before dismissing for Gignac, who did the rest and finished with a sharp shot that left LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer’s feet planted in the Orlando grass.
Tigres represent Concacaf at FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 februar in February 2021, joining Al Ahly (CAF Champions League winners), Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League winners), Ulsan (AFC Champions League winners), Auckland City (OFC), the winners of the Copa Libertadores (determined in January 2021) and hosts Al Duhail.
What they said
“Today was our day as a club. We had the character to come back. Shout to Monterrey. This is for the people of Monterrey, the office workers, this is for them.”
Andre Pierre Gignac
Golden glove: Nahuel Guzman (tiger)
Golden Boot: Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) – 6 goals
Young Player Award: Diego Palacios (LAFC)
Golden ball: Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres)