Tigres UANL, on the strength of a long, deflected shot on an otherwise anemic offensive night, outlasted Real Salt Lake with a 1-0 victory in Leagues Cup action at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Though Tigres led the first half in possession by a nearly 2-1 margin, and 7-2 in shots, both of RSL's shots were on target compared to just one of Tigres' attempts. RSL thought they caught a major break in the 24th minute, when Jefferson Savarino got loose for a one-on-one with Tigres 'keeper Nahuel Guzman. Guzman handled the ball well outside the box, but Savarino was ruled offside to save Tigres from a potential red card and forced 'keeper swap.
It looked as if RSL found the opener via a Joao Plata shot in the 55th minute, but his well-worked attempt hit the post. Less than two minutes later, Tigres standout Eduardo Vargas let a long shot fly; it deflected off Justen Glad and caught Nick Rimando off guard, going in to put Tigres up.
RSL did create some opportunities to match the Vargas goal, but made things harder for themselves by losing Brooks Lennon to a red card in the 84th minute (originally ruled a yellow) for a high boot to Javier Aquino.
Real Salt Lake: Rimando, Lennon, Glad, Holt, Herrera, Luiz (Beckerman, 46’), Besler, Savarino, Kreilach, Plata (Saucedo, 63’), Baird (Schmitt, 82’)
Sent off: Lennon (84’)
Tigres UANL: Guzmán, Rodríguez, Ayala, Salcedo, Torres, Dueñas (Carioca, 17’), Pizarro, Damm (Quiñones, 73’), Vargas, Aquino, Valencia (Gignac, 78’)
Gol: Vargas (57’)
Booking: Salcedo (88’)