Tigres have been crowned the Clausura 2023 champions. Their tournament was a roller coaster, but they demonstrated the powerful squad they have and won their eighth league title, equaling León. For their part, Chivas had a very good tournament with 34 points, as they connected with their fans and came very close to tying América for the most Liga MX titles. Read on for our summary of this thrilling final.
The first leg ended scoreless at the Estadio Universitario. Neither of the two teams wanted to risk falling behind, neither attacked and there were few chances. But the return leg was quite the opposite, with plenty of verve and attacking play. The Estadio Akron, packed with Rojiblancos fans, witnessed a thrilling encounter as both teams came out to test their rivals.
The first goal was scored by Roberto "Piojo" Alvarado just 11 minutes into the match, when he turned Javier Aquino, he entered the area and finished at the far post, making it an all but impossible save for Nahuel Guzmán. Less than 10 minutes later it was 2-0 thanks to a shot by Víctor Guzmán.
But, when everything seemed to be going in favor of the hosts, Tigres came out revived after the interval. They went all out on the attack and took advantage of the fact that Chivas were dropping deep, reaching the hosts' on multiple occasions.
André-Pierre Gignac scored Tigres' first on 65' with a well-executed penalty, while six minutes later the equalizer came through a shot by Sebastián Córdova to take everything into extra time.
Chivas managed to adjust and they were also dangerous again in the goal of Nahuel Guzmán, but they did not score again. In the second half of extra time, at a corner kick and after a carom, Guido Pizarro would head in the goal that gave the visitors the title.