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Tigres scores goals around Veracruz side protesting unpaid wages

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Incredible scenes in Mexico, where CD Veracruz allowed Tigres to score in comical fashion while protesting unpaid wages.

The home crowd at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente saw their side take the kickoff and play the ball back to the goalkeeper as the substitutes walked to the touch-line to stand in solidarity with their teammates on the pitch.

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After a little over a minute, goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado sent the ball into the Tigres half, where the visitors offered a very odd vision, dribbling and passing down the pitch to loft a ball into the unguarded goal. Tigres would score another after barely more than three minutes of play, and had a 3-0 lead after eight minutes through a goal by Andre-Pierre Gignac and an Eduardo Vargas brace.

According to the TV broadcast in Mexico, relayed by Tom Marshall of ESPN, Veracruz is upset that Tigres shot on goal during the 3-minute protest, the planned length of which they believed was communicated to the visitors.

Not a great look for Tigres.

And so the match got chippy, with Jesus Duenas of Tigres sent off in the 26th. Will Veracruz somehow fight back for a point?

Veracruz is last place in the Apertura season, while third place Tigres has buttressed its goal differential. Unreal.

2-0 didn’t feature anything too much more active from Veracruz.

Toronto FC 2-1 Tigres: Reds punch back

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Jonathan Osorio and Jozy Altidore scored second half goals as Toronto FC came back to top UANL Tigres 2-1 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal at BMO Field on Wednesday.

Eduardo Vargas gave UANL Tigres a 1-0 lead, but the Liga MX side was behind the 8-ball the rest of the night.

The second leg is at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Estadio Universitario.

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Chances were at a premium in the first half, and the match deservedly went to halftime at nil-nil.

Tigres swapped Enner Valencia for Andre-Pierre Gignac at hafltime, giving the Reds a tactical challenge in adjusting to two very different strikers.

A moment after Jozy Altidore was stymied by Jose Francisco Torres, the big TFC striker was livid with the referee’s decision to not award him a 49th minute penalty.

Vargas beat Alex Bono in the 53rd minute, the Chilean scoring in yet another big spot.

TFC should’ve been level two minutes later, but Osorio opted for using the outside of his right foot over the natural path of Altidore’s cross to his left. The shot zipped over the goal.

Giovinco won a free kick dribbling through traffic in the 57th minute, but couldn’t get his shot to dip under the bar.

Altidore put the Reds ahead when Marky Delgado one-touched the big striker in on goal, and Altidore slid the ball home to make it 1-1.

Gignac then nearly beat Bono with a similar volley to Vargas’ goal, but the ball bounded wide of the far post.

The tide had swung in Toronto’s favor, and Giovinco won another free kick — perhaps with embellishment — near the chalk of the 18. The wall served its purpose.

Michael Bradley was at his very best in producing what could’ve easily been a go-ahead goal, swooping in front of a Tigres pass and then making a nifty 1v1 move before delivering a world-class cross that Altidore bungled on the six.

Osorio got the winner in the 89th minute, backheeling Giovinco’s cross into the Tigres goal.

Chris Mavinga made an outstanding challenge to stop Ismael Sosa late.

Here’s the winner:

Cameroon 0-2 Chile: Vidal, VAR the stars (video)

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Eduardo Vargas darted onto a through ball in what looked like a perfectly-timed run.

VAR thought differently.

The Video Assistant Referee pulled back Vargas’ opening goal for Chile in a decision that seemed anything but conclusive, but substitute Alexis Sanchez found Arturo Vidal for a second-half winner over Cameroon at Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow.

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Chile goes atop the 2017 Confederations Cup’s Group A before Australia and Germany meet Monday in Sochi. Cameroon is fourth.

Chile was the better side in the first half, and Vargas hit the woodwork in the first minute before the pulled back goal.

Cameroon backstop Fabrice Ondoa came up with several big saves for the CAF side.

The second half saw Cameroon on the front foot for a 20-25 minutes, and manager Juan Antonio Pizzi called upon dinged-up Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez for the final 20 minutes.

And Sanchez did deliver, literally, sending a swooping ball for Vidal to head home with 10 minutes to play.

Chile nearly saw a second goal pulled back by VAR, as Alexis Sanchez’s breakaway run that led to Vargas depositing a rebound was very close to being offside.

CCL: Ousted’s six saves keep ‘Caps alive vs. Tigres

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Vancouver Whitecaps returned from Mexico down 2-0 and without an away goal, but manager Carl Robinson thinks the ‘Caps are in okay shape heading into the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal versus Tigres UANL.

The Liga MX powers picked up their advantage through a Kendall Waston own goal and a seeing-eye shot from ex-Hoffenheim man Eduardo Vargas. The damage was limited to a pair of goals thanks to ‘Caps keep David Ousted.

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Vargas and fellow attacker Andre-Pierre Gignac registered a combined seven shots on the night, and Ousted was credited with six saves as Tigres accumulated close to 80 percent possession.


“He put in a very strong performance, as did all the players. They gave their all. I asked them to not leave anything on the pitch and leave no regrets and they certainly done that. [Tigres] were the better team on the night. We’ve got a second leg, and we’re still very much in the tie if we can get that first goal.”

Leg No. 2 is April 5 at BC Place. The other semifinal gets started Wednesday, when FC Dallas hosts Pachuca at 8 p.m. EDT.

The CCL winner advanced to the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Adios, Mexico! El Tri bomb out of Copa America, fall 7-0 to Chile

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Juan Carlos Osorio enjoyed a lengthy honeymoon period after taking over as manager of the Mexican national team last October — the 55-year-old Colombian went unbeaten (9 wins, 1 draw) in his first nine months in charge.

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Even with that, Osorio’s probably won’t have a job when the sun comes up on Sunday after Mexico were beaten, dismantled and embarrassed by Chile, to the tune of 7-0, Saturday night in the fourth and final quarterfinal of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

Chile jumped all over Mexico from the opening whistle, pressing high up the field and launching quick counter-attacks with little resistance. The early onslaught paid off in the 16th minute, when Marcelo Diaz fired a shot from outside of the box, saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but spilled into the path of Edson Puch, who calmly slotted home the rebound for a 1-0 Chile lead.

It went from bad to worse for Mexico with the halftime reprieve within reach. Eduardo Vargas had already been denied a goal by the offside rule nine minutes earlier, but the Hoffenheim striker was far more fortunate the second time around. Alexis Sanchez worked a half-yard of space down the left flank and picked out Vargas at the penalty spot, where his first touch put him all alone in the six-yard box for an easy finish.

The bad news for Chile in the first half: Arturo Vidal was shown his second yellow card of the tournament (cautions reset after the quarterfinals), which means he’ll miss La Roja‘s semifinal clash with Colombia.

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The second half began just like the first half ended: badly for Mexico, and with Chile scoring. Alexis Sanchez finished for 3-0 after Arturo Vidal won the ball deep in Mexico’s defensive third and played the Arsenal attacked into all kinds of space near the penalty spot. Then, Chile scored a fourth, somehow easier than the goal that came four minutes before it.

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Chile scored again, this time taking five minutes between goals. Vargas bagged his third of the game, the first hat trick and the 28th, 29th and 30th goals of his international career.

Vargas had never scored an international hat trick before Saturday night, meaning he’d never scored four goals in an international game before. Check it off the list. Chile continued to chase the game, and Puch bagged his second of the night in the 88th minute, completing an exhausting night of scoring.

Chile will face Colombia in the second semifinal Wednesday night (8 p.m.) in Chicago, Ill.