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Copa MX: Tigres roar, devour San Luis

Alan Pulido put two in the net in the 6-1 victory.
Alan Pulido put two in the net in the 6-1 victory.

In a brilliant display of team cohesion, Tigres UANL exhibited Atletico San Luis at the Universitario Stadium in the return leg of Fixture 1 action of the Clausura 2014 Copa MX. The northern felinos put six goals in the net to defeat their Ascenso MX rivals claiming the additional point for winning the series. Tigres takes over Group 2 with 7 points after two games.

Coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti did not hold back his pieces and sent his starting XI onto the pitch of the Universitario. Instantly the dominance was evident as the La Liga MX outclassed their lower division opponents getting the first goal on the board before many fans had the chance to find their seats.

Alan Pulido, who a few weeks ago was rumored to be under observation by Portuguese side Benfica, beat the keeper on two occasions. Pulido opened scoring in the fifth minute of action and was followed by Edgar Pacheco in the 24th minute of play. Pulido made his presence felt again in the 29th when he received a center from Lucas Lobos. The rising star saw the keeper off his line and volleyed the ball on first touch to find the top far corner for the 3-0. The goal gave signs of a “goalfest” for the fans.

Ferretti made his first substitution at the half taking U.S. international Jose Torres off the field thinking about the league game this weekend. The dominance continued as Tigres kept possession of the ball. In the 62nd Pulido generated the play that brought the fourth goal. He passed to Damian Alvarez who took the ball and centered to Lobos who shot past the keeper for the 4-0.

Despite the big disadvantage, the visiting team would not go away without getting their consolation. In the 67th minute on a set-piece, Abraham Stringel found the far left post to the surprise of the Tigres fans. But 4-1 would not be the final score in this match that had intensity in the grandstands a week before.

Tigres were doing as they pleased with the players practically taking “pot shots” at goalkeeper Jesus Gallardo’s net. With 10 minutes left in regulation Pacheco filtered the ball to an unmarked Alvarez who simply put the ball past the keeper for the 5-1.

Desperation kicked in for the visiting squad as the home side showed no signs of easing off. In the 88th minute Guido Pizarro moved into the area and forced the San Luis defense to take him down. The referee did not hesitate and awarded the penalty kick. Brazilian Danilinho fired from the spot for the final 6-1 that gave Tigres control of Group 2.

Other Copa MX results:

Altamira 1, Monterrey 3

Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1, Chiapas FC 0

Atlante FC 2, Merida FC 0

Necaxa 1, Atlas FC 0

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