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CCL Preview: Club America looks to finish off Tigres in second leg


Club America will look to claim their second consecutive CONCACAF Champions League crown on Wednesday, and just a home matchup against Tigres UANL stands in the way of that title.

The reigning champions enters the home leg with a 2-0 aggregate lead, but the current Liga MX champions certainly could have what it takes to turn that result around. Tigres have won two of the last three meetings between the Mexican giants, but they enter Wednesday’s match (9:45 p.m., Fox Sport 2, Univision Deportes, UniMas) as the underdogs.

Tigres has only won two of its last 11 games. With the players seemingly tiring over the past few months, it was only some magic from star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac that lifted Tigres over Monterrey in the semifinals of the competition. Now, coach Tuca Feretti will be hoping for some similar magic to stop the blistering counterattack of Club America.

America could’ve won the first leg 3-0 if it hadn’t been for a blown offsides call for a goal Andres Andrade scored from inside his own half, but the team held just over 30 percent of possession. Thanks to a dominant counterattacking style and goals from Dario Benedetto and Osvaldo Martinez, though, there was never a question of who was in control of the tie.

For Tigres, service from Javier Aquino to Gignac is the key. On the other hand, however, an already strong Club America will only be strengthened by the likely return of Darwin Quintero and Paul Aguilar.

Do you think Club America will hold on to win the CCL final? Think Tigres can give them a run for their money?

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