The first leg of the CONCACAF came to a conclusion after various teams demonstrated their abilities on the field but one game that stood out the most was a Liga MX team falling to a Salvadorian club team.
First and foremost, all credit is due to Alianza FC who fought a well battle and ended the night in front of their fans in a positive note arguably beating one of the top feared teams in the Liga MX, Tigres UNAL. A 2-1 win that shocked many across the league due to the fact that UANL is the second-highest expensive club team in the Liga MX with a value of $77.88 million due to their roster compared to Alianza FC $4.79 million.
Although Tigres was the first to place the goal thanks to the defender, Juan Jose Sanchez Purata at the 34th minute in a set play that was generated at first with Andre-Pierre Gignac, Los Universitarios did not find composure in the remainder of the game as they were mentality beat throughout the night. One in particular player that had a terrible night was the national team of Mexico defender, Carlos Salcedo who had continuous plays that changed the rhythm of the game.
At first, It was a retaliation to a player that kicked Carlos Salcedo in his back legs that earned him a yellow card right before halftime and then at the very start of the second half “El Titan”, caused a penalty that led to Alianza FC first goal of the night. Remarkably, the player that scored the first goal for the Salvadorian team was an ex Liga MX player who started his career with Santos Laguna, the midfielder, Felipe Ponce. Then throughout the night “El Titan”, had hard tackles and fouls that just led to many questions if Salcedo certainly is in the right mindset currently with his club team and most importantly with the national team of Mexico.
Finally, at the 54th minute of the second half of the game, Alianza FC forward Oswaldo Blanco placed the final goal of the night after a through pass delivered to him, Blanco beat goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman to make the score a 2-1. Surely an embarrassing loss for Tigres but a phenomenal win for Alianza FC that will be talked about for many years to come. With that, Tigres will welcome Alianza FC at home next week at the Estadio Universitario on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Will Alianza FC shock the tournament once again now as the visiting team or will Tigres finally wake up and deliver a standout performance in front of their fans?