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📝 Tigres 2-1 Pumas: Tigres come from behind to earn first-leg win

Javier Aquino and Jesús Dueñas scored second-half goals to overcome an early deficit

Pumas led for most of the match but weren’t able to hold on as Tigres won the first leg of the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla quarter-finals 2-1 on Thursday night.

Javier Aquino and Jesús Dueñas canceled out Felipe Mora’s early strike to give Tigres the advantage heading into Sunday’s second leg.

Mora would score just nine minutes into the match as Pumas took advantage of a horrendous defensive error in the box.

Despite owning 72 per cent possession on the day, Tigres would be held until the 68th minute – when Javier Aquino’s ambitious effort from well outside the box took a wicked deflection off Alan Mozo and beat Alfredo Saldívar.

Pablo Barrera would be the victim the second time around as Jesús Dueñas put Tigres ahead in the 81st minute.

As Dueñas dribbled toward the centre of the pitch, Barrera backed away from the Tigres man which gave him just enough time to blast his shot past a very angry Saldívar.

The second leg is set to take place on Sunday at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City.