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2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League, Semi-finals
  • Kendall Waston (66' OG)
  • Eduardo Vargas (87')
1st Leg
1st Leg

Liga MX champions Tigres down Vancouver Whitecaps in CCL

Andre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas helped Tigres to a 2-0 win at home. Azael Rodriguez/LatinContent/Getty Images

MONTERREY, Mexico -- A win for a Canadian team in the CONCACAF Champions League in Mexico will have to wait, after Liga MX champions Tigres overcame the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Tuesday in the CCL semifinal first leg.

Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston sliced the ball into his own net from an Andre-Pierre Gignac cross in the 66th minute to hand Tigres the lead, with a volley from Chilean Eduardo Vargas wrapping up the win three minutes from time.

This was a game the Mexican team dominated from start to finish in front of an almost capacity Estadio Universitario, with Tigres enjoying 80 percent of the possession over the 90 minutes.

The Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson said before the game that his team would have to be organized and patient and the Canadian side defended well in a 4-4-2 formation in the first half, even if Franch striker Gignac should have scored in the seventh minute, when he scuffed a shot from inside the box.

Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti brought off Mexico international Jorge Torres Nilo for Lucas Zelarayan at half-time, switching from a 4-2-3-1 to a more attacking 4-3-3 and Tigres' intensity in possession improved.

Vancouver harried and chased all night, but offered little up front in the game, until a loose pass from Jurgen Damm was intercepted by Nicolas Mezquida with the score at 1-0, but the Uruguayan shot wide.

Brek Shea also had a good chance in the 60th when he went through on goal, but he attempted to win a penalty and was booked for simulation.

Tigres always looked the more likely to open the scoring and the incessant pressure was too much for Vancouver in the end. A scrappy opening goal was topped off with a classy finish by Vargas to leave the MLS side without an away goal and with the odds stacked against it for the second leg on April 5.

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