Argentina international Nahuel Guzmán proved decisive on Sunday night as the former Newell’s Old Boys goalkeeper saved three penalties in a dramatic shootout to hand Tigres victory over Club América in the Liga MX Apertura final.
Both sides had chances to win it but after a goalless ninety minutes and there being no away goal rules, the tie went to extra time. Jorge Torres Nilo was sent off for Tigres moments before the whistle and brought normal time to an end and Ricardo La Volpe’s América took almost instant advantage after the restart with young Edson Álvarez heading them in front.
However, tensions boiled over just before the break in extra time when América’s former River Plate midfielder Rubens Sambueza was shown a second yellow card and moments later a touchline brawl produced further red cards.
La Volpe and Ricardo Ferreti locked horns and amid all the pushing and shoving three more players were sent for an early bath. Former Lanús defender Paolo Goltz was one of the América players and despite his tears, the numerical advantage and extra space of afforded by the game ending 9 v 8, was instrumental in Tigres’ comeback.
A minute from time and Jesús Dueñas headed an equaliser and so the tie went to penalties. Tigres were flawless and when Guido Pizarro tucked away the third, Nahuel Guzmán capped off a fine evening with a third consecutive save.