Tigres celebrated Copa MX glory after Wednesday's 3-0 demolition of Alebrijes de Oaxaca at Estadio Universitario.
Tigres, playing in its home stadium, never looked like it would lose as Alebrijes failed to put up a resistance. Goals from Juninho, Alan Pulido and Lucas Lobos sealed the victory for Tigres. Kyle McCarthy of Fox Sports describes the action:
Juninho converted from the spot nine minutes before halftime to open the scoring in this tense final at a sold-out Estadio Universitario. Alan Pulido poked home to double the advantage on 67 minutes. Lucas Lobos curled home a free kick seven minutes from time to secure Tigres’ third triumph in this tournament.
The boys in yellow certainly celebrated in style, as photographer Edgar Montelongo's picture shows:
The night was particularly special for Jose Torres, who became the first American to win the Copa MX, per Socceramerica.com. The 26-year-old from Texas shone in the Tigres midfield, as he wrote his name into the history books.
Tom Marshall of MLSsoccer.com was particularly impressed by Torres' ability to put his side on the front foot. Marshall writes:
Torres featured in his usual central midfield role, becoming the main artery of the team in transition from defense to attack. Although he was not directly involved in his team's goals, it was a positive performance for the Texan.
The result highlighted the gulf in class between the two sides. Tigres has been rampant in this season's Copa MX, firing 32 goals and conceding just two, per McCarthy. Alebrijes travelled to Estadio Universitario as the underdog and certainly lived up to that dubious expectation.
It was always going to be a tough night for Alebrijes. As Daniel Price of Soccerly.com notes, the gulf in class between the two sides is also reflected in a gulf in wealth. Price writes:
The game [was] widely being billed as a battle between the rich and the poor. Tigres are regarded as having the most valuable squad in the country – around €23 million – whereas Alebrijes squad has an approximate value of a mere €2.5 million.
Tigres now turns its attention to a Copa Libertadores playoff. Per ESPNFC's Tom Marshall, via his Twitter profile, winning the Copa MX means the club enters into a shootout for Mexico's third spot in the 2015 edition of CONMEBOL's premier competition.
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