: Mexico: Tigers out in semi-finals despite Gignac’s hat-trick

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Monterrey Tigres finished in the semifinals of the 2022 closing tournament of the Mexican Championship on Saturday, despite a hat-trick from Andre-Pierre Gignac in a 4-2 victory. They had lost 3–0 to Atlas in the first leg.

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The Tigres de Monterrey, the club of French attackers Florian Thouvin and hat-trick writer André-Pierre Gignac, were eliminated by Atlas on Saturday despite their 4- in the semi-finals of the 2022 closing tournament of the Mexican Championship. In the return match 2.

Defending champions Atlas de Guadalajara won the first leg of the semi-finals 3–0. On Saturday, Atlas opened the scoring, then Gignac scored three goals, including two penalties (54th SP, 59th, 74th SP), before teammate Igor Lichnovsky took a 4–1 lead in the 81st minute. Scored the fourth goal.

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The Tigers then qualified, under the rule, which decides between the tied clubs according to their classification in the regular season, where the Tigers finished second and the Atlas third.

One fatal penalty in 90+10

But the penalty awarded to Atlas was replaced after extra time (90th + 10) by Aldo Rocha, and eliminated the Monterrey team, where Thauvin played the second period instead of kick-off.

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Gignac, the top scorer in Tigress history with 164 goals, won the closing tournament in 2019 and three inaugural tournaments in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Thauvin, who arrived from Marseille in the summer of 2021, has yet to win. Trophies with your new team.

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The opening and closing tournaments are the biennial tournaments of the Mexican Championship. Both give rise to titles.

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