Tigres U.N.A.L. Wins Innaugural Campeones Cup

Tigres U.N.A.L. Wins Innaugural Campeones Cup

The first annual Campeones Cup belongs to Tigres UNAL after a 3-1 victory over Canadian opposition Toronto FC Wednesday night . The Campeones Cup is played between the reigning MLS champions and the reigning Liga Bancomer MX champions.

It took a half hour to open the scoring before Tigres’ wide midfielder Jesùs Dueñas found the back of the net in the 36th minute off of a beautiful over-the-top ball from Juninho. From there, Tigres went into the half with a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, Tigres put the pedal to the metal and overwhelmed the Canadians. A second goal by Dueñas lasered in from 25 yards out made it 2-0 in the 64th minute, and a misplayed clearance by Toronto defender Eriq Zavaleta two minutes later resulted in an own-goal and made it 3-0.

An 85th minute penalty allowed Toronto’s Lucas Janson to get a goal back, but the Mexicans kept the game under control and played out the final minutes to raise the first ever Campeones Cup.

Overall only 4 of Toronto’s 15 shots found the target and the Reds could only keep 48% of possession, never really threatening with any of their chances after the first 20 minutes.

Tigres returns to Liga MX action to continue chasing a fourth consecutive Apertura championship while Toronto looks to claw their way back into the MLS playoffs and attempt to defend their title.

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Photo Credit: TSN, The Canadian Press, Tigres U.N.A.L., ESPN

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