Dallas Cup - Goal at the Death salvages Tigres draw with Valencia

Published Sunday, March 29, 2015 9:37 PM by Shane Barrow

The second Super Group match of the day at the Cotton Bowl pitted Spanish powers Valencia FC against Mexico powers Tigres.  What a juicy game this would turn out to be!  Valencia currently lead the youth league in Spain and arrive  in Dallas with a roster that includes five current Spain Under 20 National Team players.  Meanwhile, Tigres always fields a wonderfully talented team and has two Dallas Cup Super Group titles to their credit.

Tigres had a loud fan base on hand to cheer them on and the team responded by going on the attack almost immediately pushing Valencia into their own half.  The Spaniards absorbed the pressure and on their very first attack of the game found the net.  Moises Valencia Blanco got in behind the Tigres defense where he skipped in on goal before toe poking past Alejandro Robles and into the far side netting.

The match was quiet from there as Valencia were content to hold onto their lead.   Diego Rodriguez of Tigres launched from 35 yards out in the 27th minute and the crowd oooooh'd as the drive flew just over the crossbar.  Most of the match was being played in the Valencia half, but Tigres  were yet to find the tying goal.

Valencia got forward on a rare attack late in the first half earning a free kick from the left corner.  Carlos Soler Barragan curled in a right footer that was heading for the back post upper corner of the net.  At the last second Tigres keeper Alejandro Robles pawed it away to safety narrowly avoiding the second goal.

The match would go to the break with Valencia leading 1-0.  Most would argue that Tigres were much the better side in the opening 45 with Aldair Garcia and Fernando Cruz the two best players on the pitch.

Tigres finally were able to open up the stout Valencia defense just after the break streaming down the right flank with Jonathan Aldair overlapping and getting deep into the penalty area.  Aldair got inside the six before poking at goal and going to ground.  The ball took a deflection and was rolling into the net before a Valencia defender slid in to try to clear the ball.  His clearance went right off Jonathan Aldair and into the net.  Tie game!

It was all one way traffic as Tigres were pushing for the lead goal and Valencia were fighting just to get out of their own half.  Then in the 68th minute lightning struck as Valencia jumped back in front.  A brilliant  pass from Javier Zarzo Mora put Antonio Martinez Lopez in on goal where he calmly finished.  Valencia had maybe four meaningful forays into the Tigres half all afternoon while 90% of the match was played on the Valencia end yet the Spaniards led 2-1 with twenty minutes to play.

The Valencia defense held out until the 92nd minute when Tigres won a corner kick.  They threw everyone in the box trying to get the tying goal.  Valencia won the initial header clearing to the top of the 18 where Jesus Delgado hit a low volley on frame.  Gerardo Escobedo was waiting inside the six where he deflected the ball into the net.  A tying goal a the death!
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