Full time: LAFC 1, Tigres 2. It wasn’t meant to be on this night. It’s a bummer, but if you want to read the recap, have at it. Thanks very much for following along.
84th minute: Goal Tigres. Andre-Pierre Gignac with the go-ahead goal for the Liga MX side to put them ahead late. Can LAFC pull off an even later equalizer?
72nd minute: Goal Tigres. Hugo Ayala with the snap header off a corner kick that Mark-Anthony Kaye is unable to clear on the goal line. We’re even now at 1-1.
61st minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi with the go-ahead strike to put LAFC up. Yes! Let’s goooooooo!
Halftime: We’re level at 0-0 through 45. Both teams playing cagey but still pinging the ball around. Expect the intensity to ratchet up in the 2nd half.
LAFC start Latif Blessing in place of the suspended Eduard Atuesta. Otherwise it’s the same XI.
The #LAFC Starting XI vs. @TigresOficial.— LAFC (@LAFC) December 23, 2020
Tonight's lineup is presented by @Delta & @AeromexicoUSA.#SCCL2020 pic.twitter.com/37C1X5tQKn
Tigres had said Andre-Pierre Gignac and Javier Aquino were questionable with injuries, but lol nope, they are both in the XI, as expected.
Tigres starting lineup verus LAFC #LigaMXeng— Club Tigres English (@tigres_english) December 23, 2020
The biggest game in LAFC history is here, as the club will wrap up their third season with a momentous occasion, the 2020 Concacaf Champions League final against Liga MX side Tigres UANL on Tuesday at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
LAFC advanced to the final after a wild and crazy 3-1 win over Club América Saturday, which featured a red card on each side, a coach on each side getting ejected following a fight, América taking the lead, Carlos Vela scoring a brace to flip the result, and LAFC walking out one game closer to the ultimate prize.
A big question coming in is if there’s any chance Eduard Atuesta — the LAFC player sent off against América — will have his red card rescinded by Concacaf and be available for the game. If he does not get a reprieve, it will either be Latif Blessing or Francisco Ginella to start in Atuesta’s spot in midfield.
Tigres reached the final after beating Honduran club Olimpia 3-0 Saturday, with Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring a brace for the powerhouse. In the past, Tigres took CCL lightly and MLS opposition even lighter, but they’ve wised up in recent years, with Toronto FC beating them en route to the final in 2018. This is the fourth CCL final in five years for Tigres, and the club and head coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti have done everything but win Champions League as they’ve become a titan of Mexican soccer.
That means no matter what, the winner of CCL this year will be a first-time winner. Both teams will be well and truly up for this game, and I expect a good matchup. LAFC absolutely have to be wary of Tigres, who can score in bulk, but if LAFC are playing as well as they have been the past two games, they absolutely have a chance to win the top prize and be the first MLS team to win CCL in the current era.
Our friends at Draftkings Sportsbook came through in the end, and as of Tuesday afternoon, have LAFC at (+195), Tigres at (+120) and a draw (for betting purposes) at (+270). It’s a tossup!
How to Watch:
Tuesday’s match between LAFC and Tigres will be televised nationally on FS2 and TUDN, which you can watch via FuboTV, or you can watch a free stream courtesy of TUDN. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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